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



Tom, it sounds like a great project, and I am excited to see the results.  But how is it that thousands of us have been driving problem-free on something that "doesn't work"?!  I think you mods will benefit the rigidity greatly and improve the handling, but saying the old way doesn't work just isn't true.
Mine seems to work just fine for roughly 27 years and well over 90K miles.
Jake Kamphoefner
1063


----- Original Message ----
From: Tom Niemczewski <dmctom@xxxxxxxxx>
To: dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Sent: Thursday, June 26, 2008 1:34:27 PM
Subject: Re: [DML] Lotus Esprit Rear Suspension


Mike

I understand their approach of minimalism - use as little parts as possible 
and make them at light weight as possible. That might explain the front 
setup.... Although I still think they went overboard with those control 
arms.
Their approach will never explain the design of the lower mount of the rear 
shock. Why is it at 90 degrees to the actual movement? Beats me... it simply 
doesn't work!
My frame will be heavier that the original. I don't know by how much at this 
point but it will be in the range of 20kg (about 44lbs) or so. But, I really 
don't care about the increase in weight if I gain so much from it. That kind 
of difference would be equal to the difference between half and full tank of 
gas. I don't believe it will impact the acceleration or fuel economy. At the 
same time it will improve the ride and handling by so much that it is well 
worth it.

I will keep you posted on the progress. I'm working on a website that will 
be part of my current site. There, I will be posting pictures with 
descriptions. .. and the results of course.

Wish me luck ;)

Tom Niemczewski
vin 6149 (in Poland!)
Google earth: 52°25'17.30"N 21° 1'58.00"E
dmctom@gmail. com
www.deloreana. com

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