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Re: weight differences
> Based on this, and thinking about my last post (re: hondas), here's some
> power:weight ratios:
> Accord 2400# 120bhp 20#/hp
> 4kcsq 2850# 115bhp 24.3#/hp
> 5ktq 3350# 162bhp 21#/hp
> 200q20v 3800# 217bhp 18#/hp
> Lotus Europa 1516# 126bhp 12#/hp (@ 35 mpg... Nyah Nyah)
> And I won't even rub the salt in by noting the Lotus Seven weighs a *lot*
> less than that...
> This reminds me of a colleague's comment (he's a performance driving
> instructor with an '89 944 Turbo): "the cheapest performance increase is to
> reduce the weight of the car." food for thought.
> That was certainly high on Colin Chapman's design philosophy . . .
It was also Chapman's design philosophy that if it lasted beyond the
end of the race it must have been overbuilt. I have had experience with
several Loti and have found all of them needing major "reconstructive
surgery" as a result of these extreme weight savings. The most common
examples are in the doors with those power windows that tend to be much
stronger than the doors they live in (or used to). Ah, the virtues of
PS. Thanks for the help with my Esprit question. Greatly appreciated.
> P.S. Of course I admit the Europa had neither AC nor a heater (it
> did have a warmer, but I can't in good faith call it a "heater").
> It did have electric windows . . .