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Posted by Gary on September 28, 1998 at 22:56:08:

In Reply to: Re: Weight come from?(long and technical) posted by Fred Kern on September 28, 1998 at 22:26:25:

While the Z does have far fewer shakes and shimmies than older softops:

1. They didn't really make an effort to lighten it up, they pretty much stuck with the same construction technology that is used on thier larger, heavy cars. I would assume that in the next few years we will begin seeing more aluminum and composites used, even by the old stalwarts like BMW, as they make a vehicle more fuel efficient (and they really help the old power/weight ratio!), which is a government mandate. It just takes a while for them to move the design/production technology into thier car's platforms.

2. I couldn't help but notice your comment about watching the hood/fender movement.
The Z's designers, actually used a TRICK here. The top of the "fenders" that you see out the windshield is actually PART OF THE HOOD.
So they can't move relative to each other, because they are the same piece of sheet metal. The only movement that would be detectable would require that you hang out the window while driving down a bumpy road and watch for movement between the hood and the sides of the fenders.

Gary


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