[DML] Re: "The Sacrilege of the PRV " or "To Swap or Not to Swap (the E
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[DML] Re: "The Sacrilege of the PRV " or "To Swap or Not to Swap (the Engine)"



I've long thought the same thing. In the automotive world, there are 
not many rear-drive configurations to choose from without making your 
own transaxle, something that DMC was not big enough to do. Porsche 
would have been hideously expensive, VW was not heavy-enough duty, 
and the GM (Corvair) was long out of production at that point in 
time. That's about all the mass-production rear drives to choose 
from. 

In contrast, Fiero is technically mid-engine (used a front-drive 
setup just moved to the back, not turned around) as are the Toyota 
and Honda mid-engine cars, as is the ZF trans used in the Pantera.

I believe DMC engineers picked the transaxle first and then went for 
the only V6 engine that fit it. 

Dave S

--- In dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, Martin Gutkowski <martin@...> wrote:
>
>----> 
> The DeLorean was heavily based on the Alpine A310 - only 3 cars 
carried 
> the 5 speed 369 transmission - and the other was the Renault 30, a 
> front-engined executive barge. All had PRVs. So although the engine 
> probably had more to do with being able to source a transaxle 
suitable 
> for rear mounting *without* going to Porsche, ...



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