Last Call- Are You Sure That Mount is OEM? Edition

Colin Chapman famously liked to ‘add lightness’ to his progeny, but this Esprit engine mount may be taking that one step too far.
Actually, this is a template for a steel mount that the builder of this Audi 4.2-powered Esprit cobbled together in order to craft the real edition. The amazing, and amazingly detailed, build thread can be found here.
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  1. Maymar Avatar

    I know European law dictates that a significant portion of any car must be recyclable, but this is just ridiculous.

      1. Maymar Avatar

        Everyone knows Fiats disintegrate at the slightest hint of moisture.

  2. skitter Avatar

    Cardboard engineering FTW!
    Actually, I can show you how it needs to be shaped.

  3. tempesjo Avatar

    It's a good start, but you've got a lot to learn if you want to be a real Audi engineer. It not only needs to break prematurely, it also needs to be expensive to replace.

    1. Tim Odell Avatar
      Tim Odell

      You forgot impossible to access without taking the better part of the car apart.

  4. Lotte Avatar

    Also seems to be a cardboard frame rail/brace thing under the engine, too. And a cardboard garage floor. Man, this guy really likes his cardboard!

  5. JeepyJayhawk Avatar

    Just spent two hours reading that thread… wow.

    1. Alff Avatar

      Indeed. I feel my life has been misspent.

    2. Peter Tanshanomi Avatar
      Peter Tanshanomi

      I didn't have time to read the whole thing, but I scanned it and read all the juicy parts. Guys like that make life hell for the rest of us: "I just did this, that and the other thing and then it all worked…" Which tragically leads us to believe that real life is like that.

  6. Van Sarockin Avatar
    Van Sarockin

    Sure, he's clever enough to be able to keep his engine up off the street using nothing but carboard, but he can't even keep a nice coat of varnish on his pistons!

  7. Alff Avatar

    Seems more appropriate for a horizontally-opposed Subaru motor.

  8. citroen67 Avatar

    I see nothing wrong here. Now, if they plan on using empty paper towel rolls for the CV shafts…then they might have problems.

  9. SSurfer321 Avatar

    M-B, not to be outdone, released spy photographs of it's concept.
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    IMG ironically enough is from

    1. Charles_Barrett Avatar

      Daimler internal memorandum:
      "In light of the current economy, the budget for test mule camouflage material has been reduced by 98%. Please contact Helga in the cafeteria for your tin foil and saran-wrap requirements, and Fritz in shipping & receiving for cardboard and adhesive tape…"

  10. tiberiusẅisë Avatar

    Needs moar duct tape.

  11. Joe Btfsplk Avatar
    Joe Btfsplk

    Now, if he could just find a use in this project for all of the empty beer cans….

    1. sporty88 Avatar

      Should be easy to find a use for at least a couple of empty beer cans on a Lotus project – maybe a radiator puke can, cut some up to make small brackets or heatshields – being aluminium, they fit in with Colin Chapman's ethos, "Simplify, then add lightness".
      I'm not sure about using them with the M-B project though……

    2. jjd241 Avatar

      Duh! The beer cans are for the headers!
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