Re: [DMCForum] Response to DW D1 add and Extreme Prices for DOA Las Vega
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Re: [DMCForum] Response to DW D1 add and Extreme Prices for DOA Las Vegas event

Hi Bob

You hit the nail right on the head with " Is the DeLorean a fun hot rod, 
sports car that you can play around with, or is it is museum piece to 
keep shiny and clean?".

 From my perspective, the car is too slow. I've just spent less than a 
fifth of the worth of my DeLorean to buy my Skyline and it's well over 
200 at the wheels to start with. The Skyline is a tuners dream and there 
really is nothing to stop you going way beyond 500hp - but you'll spend 
more than my DeLorean's worth just on the engine! (and people do!)

But it seems to us that people buy a DeLorean to pose around in, and not 
to enjoy driving. Which is infuriating because it was designed by Lotus 
and given and engine and transmission combination that was used in 
racing by Alpine - and with good reason. It can be a really good 
driver's car. A lot of owners bring their car in for something simple, 
and we'll spot several problems that badly affect how the car drives - 
all too common because owners don't tend to drive more than just their 
own cars and think "that's just how they are".

Given the chance to dirve a properly sorted original one, and then get 
intoa Skyline, suddenly you wish the DeLorean went as fast as it looked. 
And you may as well start with a PRV seeing as that's what it's got to 
begin with.

IMO :-)

(and some of the information regarding the 3 litre turbo engines has 
only recently come to light making them feasible as an option)

BTW the DeLorean is the first car I've ever modified. My "everyday" cars 
have HAD to be reliable. I'm 29 and on my second "everyday car". Both 
have been Citroen turbo diesels :-D

Best Wishes


Bob Brandys wrote:

> Martin,
> Your comments reminds me of the good old days. Years ago and today,
> it is common for young people to modify their engines to get more HP.
> This was always fun and a good time when working with your buddies.
> What was important was performance. How many of us had a car with a
> hopped up engine and terrible paint or rust?
> Some of this fun has been lost with DeLoreans. It seems like more
> concern is expressed about making the car look nice? Rather than
> having fun with it.
> Only a few of us, change engines or try to increase the HP. The whole
> idea of a hot rod was was more HP and fun. I see this "look nice"
> aspect with many restored cars today. They look nice, but what
> happened to the fun aspect?
> I think what you are doing is great fun and very interesting. It is
> basic R & D on what it takes to make the PRV produce HP reflective of a
> sports car.
> Is the DeLorean a fun hot rod, sports car that you can play around
> with, or is it is museum piece to keep shiny and clean?
> Maybe I am just ranting, and I don't mean to offend any D owners.
> But, some of the fun aspect of playing with a car and doing crazy
> things to it , just seems to be fading away.
> Bob
> _

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