Re: [DML] Lotus Esprit Rear Suspension
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Re: [DML] Lotus Esprit Rear Suspension

Tom - prepare to be disappointed.  The general layout of the Esprit
front suspension is similar to the DeLorean.  

There is a lot more going on in the suspension design than meets 
the eye.  Lotus' design philosophy is to make the car as light 
as possible overall, with particular attention paid to unsprung
weight.  To execute the design, they typically try to find
ways to make parts do more than one function.  This reduces
weight and complexity, at the expense of maintenance.  
The Esprit (and DeLorean) suspension depends on parts 
that are within spec.  They don't tolerate worn bushings, 
weak springs, improper fastener torque, old tires or leaking 
shocks like a typical American car.

It will be interesting to see what you can come up with.


-------------- Original message from "Tom Niemczewski" <dmctom@xxxxxxxxx>: -------------- 

> Andy 
> That is exactly what I'm saying. The D suspension is such a bad design that 
> when trying to improve it I need to redesign pretty much everything. The 
> best thing would be to start from scratch but since the body of the car 
> limits the possibilities I will have to stick with the original design and 
> change as much as possible to make it work like it should. 

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