Re: [DML] fuel tank crash safety
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Re: [DML] fuel tank crash safety

I remember reading an old Road & Track interview with Bill Collins where this issue was brought up.  Apparently their thinking was if you were ever in an accident as severe as the one in that video you wouldn't be around long enough to have to deal with a possible fire.  But on another note, I do think the DeLorean gas tank is one of the best produced.  After having helped restore a 30+ year old metal tank I'm glad DeLorean decided to use plastic!

Todd Nelson,
1561, Vermont


From: daviddlasvegas [mailto:daviddlasvegas@xxxxxxxxx]
To: dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Sent: Wed, 18 Jul 2007 14:43:52 -0400
Subject: [DML] fuel tank crash safety


Has there ever been any concern about the location of the fuel tank in 
  a severe frontal collission? Most cars these days hide the fuel tank 
  under the middle frame. I know the DMC fual tank is technically inside 
  the frame so to speak, but its all the way in the front. Wouldn't the 
  tank be comprimised in a severe frontal collission? Watching the old 
  crash test videos, the entire front of the car is demolished at 40mph. 
  I guess you'd also need an ignition source and the hot engine is in 
  the rear so that's a plus.
  Here's how the Ford Escort fuel tank did at a 70mph crash at the 
  NJTurnpike tollbooth. Granted the impact would probably kill you 
  instantly but I wouldn't want to cook like that.

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