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As far as the frame goes, as I understand it, they were able to actually build the car with the new technology, they couldn't get it to pass the crash tests so Lotus went with what to them was a tried and proven foundation, the steel backbone frame. It allowed them to use a whole bunch of other things familiar to them like the suspension. Given more time they may have been able to perfect it. Carbon fiber and other composite structures have since surpassed that technology but DMC was on the right track as far as trying to use composite structures. As for Lotus, they were among the first to use fiberglass and were a leader in composite technology, they just couldn't get the Vari process and the EPRM frames perfected in time. Time has shown that DMC was just too ambitious in trying to build a composite frame. How many automobiles today have composite frames or even composite bodies? Not many. The passenger compartment is still, in most cars, surrounded by a metal (steel or aluminum) structure to absorb crash energies. Not only MUST you build a car that meets crash tests and emissions you have to do it to a particular price point to be able to sell them!!!!! Choices had to be made, time was running out to get something into the showrooms to sell to pay back the investors! Hindsight is 20/20, knowing how things turned out we can say they should have done this or that. Decisions were made at the time using the best information they had and making educated guesses. Trying to rewrite history won't get you anywhere.
David Teitelbaum
vin 10757

--- In dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, "content22207" <brobertson@...> wrote:
> >--- In dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, "David Teitelbaum" <jtrealty@> wrote:
> >
> > The Vari technology would have put the Delorean far ahead if it had been used. 
> Perhaps you mean ERM?
> VARI was used, producing underbodies that didn't mate up, were next to impossible to align panels on, flex and vibrate on the road, don't h


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