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

You are correct on the "other" cars that Lotus Engineering did the 
work for in later years,but as far as the Delorean goes,it was 
straight off the Esprit Engineering,and TOO close to "THEIR" New at 
the time Lotus Esprit,it basically states That fact In SSI,how all 
the Delorean Group was treated by Lotus,see page 66-67 " Quote by 
Bill Collins:well they treated us so shabbily you would not believe 
it" as said by Bill Collins  about Lotus!! Page70,bottom left" Lotus 
had Decided to design the Delorean "their way" " So do you really 
think that Lotus Engineering was really into Making a BETTER BUILT 
British Sports car,that would be a better car than theirs.... I 
don't think so.Compaire them side by side,(of the same time era)and 
you will see,that the Esprit is a finely built car VS the Delorean 
which basically was built/engineered with very minumal engineering 
standards,if not for the Vendors,the Delorean would be a white 
elephant,and would be very unsafe to drive.
As for the Lotus V8 look closely at a ZR1 Corvette,IT HAS Lotus's 
engine in it...Period...ZR-1 known fondly inside GM as the "King of 
the Hill", roared to life in 1990 with an all-new 375 horsepower LT5 
engine under its hood. Designed by Lotus, the LT5's dual overhead 
cam, 32-valve design made Corvette the talk of the automotive world.
(which Lotus would have been had it used that engine,instead of GM 
Grabbing it for their car)This was the engine that was to be used in 
the upcome v8 Lotus,but since GM owned Lotus Engineering at the 
time,they "borrowed it"for the Corvette,leaving Lotus to start from 
scratch "again" for their upcoming V8 Esprit. 

--- In dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, mike.griese@... wrote:
> This is where your knowledge runs out and speculation takes over.
> At the time of the DeLorean, Lotus was comprised of 3 divisions - 
> the race group, the road car division and Lotus Engineering.  All 
> three were run separately from each other, under common ownership.
> For most of it's life, Lotus Engineering has provided the bulk of 
> the profits to Group Lotus.  In fact, GM and Toyota bought Lotus
> primarily for the engineering division, not the road car division.
> Lotus Engineering has and will develop cars that are faster than
> what Lotus Cars offers.  They did it then and they do it now - 
> the Tesla and the Vauxhall are two recent examples.  Their primary 
> skills are in suspension development and engine tuning and they 
> have contributed to a large number of sports cars from every 
> manufacturer. 

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