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

The Esprit was 4 years old by the time DeLorean got involved with 
Lotus.  Hardly a new car.  And you might want to branch out in 
your reading materials.  There are a lot of books available covering
the history of Lotus that also adds information to this era.  The view
from SSI is different than views from people within Lotus.

I have compared the Esprit with the DeLorean side by side - for the past
10 years.  I own an '83 Esprit Turbo (since 1997) and an '81 DeLorean
(since 1992).  In fact, Bruce Benson and I wrote an article comparing
and contrasting the two that was published in issue #3 of deloreans 
magazine.  There are a number of things about the DeLorean are 
better than the Esprit (interior layout, HVAC, gearshift, rearward 
visibility, luggage space, NVH), and there are a number of things
that are better about the Esprit, foremost is performance and 
handling.  Other than the selection of materials, interior fit and 
finish was about even, with more/better leather in the Esprit.  Exterior
fit and finish was probably better on the Delorean given the additional
rigidity of the doors.  The places where the cars are the most similar,
they share some of the same problems - engine cooling and sensitive
electrics are probably the most similar.  The DeLorean requires far
less regular maintenance than the Esprit due to the use of fuel 
injection vs synchronized carburetors.

You also need to keep in mind that the Esprit was priced at least
50% more than what the DeLorean sold for.  That leaves a lot
more room for additional features and functions like fully adjustable 


-------------- Original message from "cbl1739" <cbl302@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>: -------------- 

> 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. 

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