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kleinbl00  ·  452 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: March 28, 2018

The Old Gods whisper that if you pull the skidplate, remove the rear wheels, drop the transaxle, pull the motor and drop the tank as is required to change the often-failing fuel gage sender, you will there find a plaque that reads "Congratulations you have reached the most inaccessible part of the car."

Colin Chapman commissioned that car in '71 out of Italdesign. They made a 1/4 scale buck which pulled a drag coefficient of 0.34; Chapman was so disgusted that he cancelled the project. Italdesign said "fuck that shit", built a 1:1 mockup and showed it at Turin in '72. Lotus proceeded to manufacture them from 1975 to 2004.

I don't fit in this car. That was one of my most disappointing automotive discoveries. I cannot simultaneously depress the clutch and steer. Despite that, I seriously considered buying this even though British electrics plus this engine are perhaps the most biblically-bad engineering combo in the history of engine swaps:

    The M70 has two Motronic 1.7 ECUs (one for each cylinder bank). To provide redundancy, the M70 also has two fuel pumps, fuel rails, distributors, mass air flow sensors, crankshaft position sensors, coolant temperature sensors and throttle bodies. Some M70 engines (such as fitted to the E32 750iL Highline) are fitted with two alternators. The second alternator is smaller and is used to charge an auxiliary battery and power equipment in the rear passenger compartment, such as a telephone, fax machine, wine cooler, independent climate control and power sun shields.

Such is my love for this ridiculous, benighted catastrophe of a car.

(it's worth noting that Aubrey de Grey is quite possibly the closest thing mk has to an idol)