[DML] Re: Turbocharger availability
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[DML] Re: Turbocharger availability

The problem with the turbo is a lot more than just making more
horespower. When you start approaching 200 HP you face the "weakest
link" problem. The transmission and clutch were not meant to handle
that kind of power. When the DMA had Fred Dellis, of Legend
Industries, as a guest speaker he said that Legend Industries was able
to get all the power they wanted out of the motor. His problem was the
rest of the car couldn't handle it. Right away they started breaking
the input shaft on the transmission. You have to remember they were
going to be putting this into new cars and had to warranty everything
so they were trying to engineer a package that would last. This is a
whole lot different from selling an aftermarket kit with no warranty.
BTW Legend made a lot of changes inside the motor to handle the boost.
The long range plan for the transmission was to dump Renault and use
another box able to handle the higher levels of power. Even John
Conway said some owners always wanted more and were turning up the
boost. He was scared that they would all eventually blow up. He was OK
at 6# but even that can be dangerous depending the ambient
temperature, octane, etc. On a hot day with low octane gas and running
the boost for a while with the engine getting real hot you could
approach detonation and it won't take long to beat the pistons to
death. 6# is maybe a little conservative but the results of
overboosting are expensive. Ask Mark Levy. His oil breather blows out
whenever he drove under boost.
David Teitelbaum
vin 10757

--- In dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, Martin Gutkowski <martin@xxxx> wrote:
> Hi Ben
> Not to attack you because I know you're only repeating what you've
> but...
> >There have been at least three DeLorean-specific turbo kits available 

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