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

So the question, following your info is: Were 14 inch rear rims thrown
on this mule merely as a convenience (so Lotus could at least drive
the thing), or was Lotus seriously considering 14 inch rears as a
design recommendation?

Anybody know the rear rim size of Proto 1, or any of the "Doris" Pilot

Bill Robertson

>--- In dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, "Louie" <louie@...> wrote:
> 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 :-)


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