Build Progress By Category - Chassis
Dropped my Fury R1 off with Andy Bates today, to have the clutch replaced on my Fisher Fury R1. His new Sabre race car is so very close in layout to what I'm planning, so close in fact that I'm thinking this steel space frame design is the way to go.
The Sabre is currently optimised for racing and the bodywork is obvious designed with this in mind. It looks very feasible to replace the bodywork with something closer to what I have in mind though. The only changes are that the roll bar would need rear support stays insead of forward ones and the bodywork would need fixing points for a windscreen.
The Sabre looks very easy to convert to a single, central driving seat too as the steering rack is already symetrical.
I've also asked Andy to fit his latest paddle shift mechanism to the Fury. This should provide a much more positive feel and addresses all of the design issues I had.
|My September copy of EVO Magazine dropped through my letter box today. It has a feature on the McLaren MP4-12C and this photograph. This photo is so close to what I want to build. If you scaled it down, widened the tub, shortened the rear end to accomodate a small bike engine, raised the sides of the tub, removed the dash, ... :-)|
The above photo has helped me with my dilema as to where the fuel tank should go. This is the ideal location in a car like this, low down and out of the way. As my tank will be quite small, this location will work really well. The attention to detail on the MP4-12C is atonishing. Even down to having a pressed moulding in the side of the petrol tank panels, to add rigidity. If I can manage 80% of this depth of thinking and quality of design, I'll be happy.
|Another gratuitous photo of the MP4-12C chassis. Just because it is so beautiful to look at.|