Re: [DML] New Delorean production....
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Re: [DML] New Delorean production....

You could probaby do it for $50,000,000.00 on the cheap.  Adding
airbags means crash testing, which means recertificaiton.  Toyota doesn't 
give their engines away to just anybody - ask Lotus.  You would probably 
have to rebadge the engine, which means recertification.  It would pass, 
but the testing would still need to be done.  Pick a price point - say
$80k per car.  That puts you in upper Boxster S, lower 911 territory, 
so you would need around 1.0 - 1.2 g on a skid pad, with 0-60 in 
around 5 seconds.  Braking would need to be stellar.  Now you are talking 
about something other than a backbone frame, as it is just too flexible 
to handle that kind of performance.  Toss out the underbody along 
with the frame.  That means all new tooling, which guarantees that
the car will need to be recertified.

With an extremely generous profit margin of $20k per car, you 
need to sell 2500 cars to make back your investment.  The target
is moving, so the performance targets I gave above will probably 
be barely adequate in the 4 years it takes to get all of the design,
tooling, development, hiring, training, pilot production and testing done.  

There is a reason nobody has tried it.


-------------- Original message from "Wilson Hitchings" <canon20dfan@xxxxxxxxx>: -------------- 

> Actuall, I *did* place an order for a new one, Marc. What I'm talking 
> about is a new factory, limited run, for NEW VINs, 
> airbags, Toyota engines, 2008 electronics... 

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