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

More torsional rigidity would improve handling (regardless of power levels), but it is not a factor when simply adding power.  In the rear-engine (or mid-engine) configurations, the engine torque does not twist the frame  like in a front engine/rear drive layout.
VIN 2650 ("Project Delorean")

----- Original Message ----
From: "mike.griese@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx" <mike.griese@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Sent: Thursday, August 9, 2007 10:41:19 PM
Subject: Re: [DML] Re: New Delorean production....

The Esprit does not have an identical frame. They share the 
center backbone and trailing link suspension layout, but
the front suspension mounts and engine cradle are completely 
different. There is a lot more torsional rigidity in the Esprit
frame than in the DeLorean, which is the main issue with 
adding significantly more horsepower. The DeLorean would
flex too much, compromising handling.

The reason you can't buy a new Esprit is because it couldn't pass
crash testing anymore. The car had been brought in on waivers
since the late 80's and Lotus finally couldn't get them renewed.


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

> OF COURSE we'd bring all the wiring up to current USA specs. New 
> computer & internal electronics. 
> Ya know, I don't think it's all that wild a notion to re-use the 
> existing frame. To my untrained eye, the Lotus Esprit has the identical 
> frame & fact, a Delorean seems to be an Esprit with gull- 
> wing doors. Is anyone challenging the performace of a Lotus? Safety 
> certification? OK, do it. Is anyone NOT buying a Boxster or Lotus Elise 
> because it doesn't have 8 airbags and a mini-van safety rating? All it 
> has to do is PASS. 
> Please send your donations for a new DMC production plant! 

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