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Re: Weight come from?(long and technical) (archive)

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Posted by Scott Linn on September 30, 1998 at 11:44:31:

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

You would have had to own an older sprots car to really appreciate the Z3. I used to have an ALFA Romeo Spider. Everthing flapped in the breeze when you drove it. You could actually watch the hood move in relation to the fenders, see the dash shake and feel the steering wheel shift in your hands. If you jacked up a wheel, and a door was open, you couldn't latch it. Don't get me wrong, I loved every minute of owning it, but it was basically a 1966 design (the chassis was from the Giulietta, and dated from 1953). A lot of improvements have been made since then, still a well-designed roadster will have to weigh more than a coupe or sedan.

Actually, I haven't ever noticed too much cowl shake in my '68 MG Midget. Perhaps it's just too light.

Also, I've had it jacked up and opened/closed the doors with no problem. So, not all older sports cars had this problem.

Now, if I go 80mph, that's another story. The whole car vibrates with each bump in the road and feels like it's about to take off. :-)


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