RE: [DML] Re: Lotus engineering was WANTED: Angle Drive
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RE: [DML] Re: Lotus engineering was WANTED: Angle Drive

When many of of heard about the Toyota Prius we thought, 'Cool - maybe I'd get one in a few years when they have the bugs worked out'.

Despite having John at the helm and many talented managers and engineers on board, this was the first production car of a new company.  It set out to be different, not more of the same.  It was designed on paper, not in a computer.  There were no digital simulations, no finite element analysis, and no multinational conglomerate backing them, and despite Kpac and DMCH, the car is also officially an orphan.  Best estimates state that perhaps 70% of the cars ever built are still around despite all this.  

For a group of cars which, as of this month, are all antiques, that sounds pretty good to me.


-----Original Message-----
From: dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx on behalf of David Teitelbaum
Sent: Sun 12/2/2007 2:20 PM
To: dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [DML] Re: Lotus engineering was WANTED: Angle Drive
I am confident Lotus Engineering did the best they could with the
budget and time frame they were given. As bad as the budget was the
TIME was the real killer. It probably caused many of the compromises
and trips to parts bins so they would not have to engineer a part,
source it, Q/C it, etc. In 20/20 hindsight we can second-guess them to
death. The car is what it is and certain improvements and upgrades are
possible. Your rantings about the shortcomings of the Delorean do not
help. Offer POSITIVE comments and suggestions once in a while! If DMC
was not happy with the quality of the work from Lotus they would not
have paid them so at the time everyone agreed with the compromises and
signed off on them. Some of the problems are things they never worried
about not. I would guess they DID NOT try to design a car that would
last 20 years without any problems!!!!!!!!
David Teitelbaum
vin 10757

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