[DML] Re: National Geographic April 1981
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[DML] Re: National Geographic April 1981



I still need to let you borrow my Pennebaker & Hedgus (sp?) DeLorean 
documentary Bill. It shows this very car running around the Lotus 
test track. I believe in either the DeLorean Gold Portfolio or 
Stainless Steel Illusion, there is also a picture of this DeLorean 
with other contemporary Lotus cars lined up in a factory shop. So I 
believe your hunch is 100% right that this was taken at Hethel. 

I disagree however that they were experimenting with rims though. 
This car was simply a mock up test mule... they flogged it around 
test tracks, built it and rebuilt it, monitored and tested it, etc. 
The production DeLorean's wheels didn't really change all that much 
from the original's. I'm guessing Lotus threw these wheels on this 
car just to be able to drive it while the real ones were being 
designed and fabricated for the production car. There are other 
pictures of this car with fiberglass doors too... they just kinda 
threw this car together to play with it some while the final details 
of the production car were being ironed out.

Louie Golden
Sometimes DeLorean owner :-)

--- In dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, "content22207" <brobertson@...> 
wrote:
14 inch rims, font & rear, would have been consistent with 
concurrent Lotus practice. For example, even though S1 and S2 
Esprits had slightly wider rear rims, they were the same diameter as 
the fronts. What Lotus did not have was radically different spoke 
design, front & rear. This picture probably documents Lotus 
experimenting with rims, as they were with all other aspects of the 
car. Wonder if PJGradyUK could be prevailed upon to measure rim 
diameters of the pilot wheels in its possession?  
Bill Robertson #5939



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