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My Fisher Fury R1

I've owned a few interesting cars in the past. The best handling up to this point had definitely been my Lotus Elise . It was this car that introduced me to track days and provided my first taste of 'performance' cars. The arrival of my two children resulted in me replacing it with a more practical, 5-door Subaru Impreza Turbo. Whilst this was a quicker car (in a straight line), it simply didn't excite me.

A few years before, my elder brother had built a Sylva Striker and I got to drive it at the Llandow circuit. I realised that his car had the handling, performance and involvement of my Elise, for a fraction of the cost. It also had much lower insurance and running costs. When I bought my S1 Elise in 1999 it was considered the perfect compromise between every day usable and a good track car. And it was and quite possibly still is. But, I had got to the point where I was looking for a little bit more power. My experience with the Elise also made me realise that I could also live with something a little less practical, especially as a third car. Lotus  on the other hand, took the Elise in the other direction with the S2 version and have made it more comfortable, heavier and less track focussed.

Richard , a friend at work had also built a Sylva  Striker but with a 998cc Yamaha R1 engine as the power plant. It took just one ride in it for me to realise that this was the sort of car I was after. Something slightly scary and demanding total respect of the driver. His car weighed in at around 380kg and produced around 170bhp. The performance simply captivated me. 0 to 100mph arrived in less than 8½ seconds. It cost Richard about £12,000 to build and the quality and his attention to detail had to be seen to be believed. Whilst I could live with an aeroscreen and no reverse gear, I'm not a huge fan of cycle-winged cars. Further research led me to look at a number of similar cars though.

I've decided on a Fury, simply because of its track record and the experiences of others builders. The Kit Car Workshop  was also fairly close to me, which was an advantage. I started my build properly in October 2005 and originally planned to finish it in 8 months, which was hugely optomistic. Things happened which slowed me down. I was ill for a while, I'd forgotten about holidays and the usual DIY and house maintenance jobs don't go away. From chassis arrival to SVA test pass eventually took 17 months.

I started the project with virtually no knowledge of car (and bike) mechanics. I learnt a huge amount whilst researching my build. My planned specification was based upon 80% road and 20% track day usage and had an emphasis on superb handling and maximum driver involvement. High performance is an additional benefit of my chosen engine. I planned to use light-weight components as far as my budget would allow, with the focus on reducing unsprung weight.

This picture was created to show roughly what I was aiming for. As you will see from the rest of this site, I got pretty close. My Fury is a thing of beauty to me, it's a little bit mad for UK roads and even now, just raising the garage door has my pulse rate shooting upwards. It's a massive adrenaline hit and life without it would simply be a little bit boring.

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