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Lambo Doors Introduction
The following is a brief discussion on the 4 most popular door modifications
on exotic sports cars today a) Suicide Doors, b) Gull wing Doors, c) Butterfly
Doors, and d) Lambo Doors.
a) Suicide Doors:
Suicide doors are the opposite of regular doors, i.e. they
open the other
way. The door hinges are moved from the front to the rear, as are the
wiring for the power locks, windows, speakers, and the dome light switch.
have been moved to the front.
Where does the term “suicide doors” come from? Actually, the best answer
come up with, is that in the old days, these doors were prone to
open in a crash. And
since this was before the time of seatbelts (and practically before the time of seats!), a
driver or passenger could easily
be thrown forward, right out of the car and onto the
street in an accident.
So driving a car this dangerous was said to be "suicidal." And that's
they got the name "suicide doors”.
With the popularity of the Honda Element and the Mazda RX-8 both of
suicide doors, this modification is making a come back.
Gull Wing Doors:
The hinges on these doors are located on the roof thus a strong
and/or a light door is necessary. These were made popular by the classic
Mercedes Sports coupes back in the heydays. It might be hard to make this modification
to your car since the roof is converted to be part of the door.
The advantage of these type of doors is that when properly designed and
counterbalanced, such as the Delorean (Think “Back To The Future Car”),
little side-clearance to open and allow much better entrance
than conventional doors.
Some of the disadvantages of the gull wing door system were not so easy
address. For example, the gull-wing design makes designing a convertible version of the
car virtually impossible since, for optimal efficiency the hinges must be placed as close
to the center of the car as possible. It also makes sealing the car against water leaks
more difficult. They are aptly named because, when opened, the doors evoke the image
of a seagull’s wings.
These type of doors open up like a butterfly opens up its wings,
in the 10
and 2 o’clock positions. They have 2 hinge points with one close to the
and one at the traditional location. These doors are commonly found
on exotic cars
such as the McLaren and the Saleen and now on the new Mercedes Benz SLR.
d) Lambo Doors:
Also know as “Lambo” doors or “Vertical” doors. These type of doors
swing straight up and will be the main focus of this guide.
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