[DML] Re: WANTED: Angle Drive
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All of the litriture of the period said "Leather Seating Surfaces".
That translates into a lot of the interior is NOT leather! BTW the
leather is Connally and they use it liberally in Jaguars among other
British marques. For it's time period the Delorean was about average
once it got past it's teething problems like the alternator and the
recalls. For a short-lived production car they got a lot of it right.
In hindsight we can see a lot more of the flaws and weak points but
that is NOT how it looked in 1981-82. It was one of the hotest, most
desirable cars in the sports car market. A little pricer that DMC had
hoped and a little less spirited in performance but an eye-catcher.
The car is a collection of compromises. Some can be improved and
others have to be lived with. I don't think Lotus deliberatly
sabotaged the Delorean project. They had a budget to work with and
they did. The Lotus Engineering Group were masters at building cars
from parts bins. DMC was NOT the only customer and engineering project
they did. They did (and still do) a lot of engineering for most auto
manufacturers including GM.
David Teitelbaum
vin 10757

--- In dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, Martin Gutkowski <martin@...> wrote:
> I categorically disagree with you on that entire statement. About the 
> only thing that was better on the Epsirt was performance and handling. 
> And I would agree they probably DID deliberately cripple the
DeLorean on 
> handling.
> I have a good friend who has been running an S2 Esprit daily for
much of 
> the last year (until he spanked it last month). The interior is a
> place to be compared to a DeLorean. It's noisy, harsh, rattly and 
> uncomfortable. So much of the switchgear, door handles etc are 
> recognisable from other (usually Leyland) cars - at least JZD had the 
> sense to disguise the samll number he used! The engine might have put a 
> lot of power out for its displacement (for the time) but needed 
> rebuilding every year, and the word "quality" does come to mind when 
> someone who is used to a DeLorean chassis looks at an early Esprit one, 
> but usually following the words "not what I'd call..." GKN did the
> proud, whereas Lotus continued to build their own, and it shows.
> Martin

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