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Fisher Fury R1 Ownership - May 2009

2nd May

Spent some time preparing the car for a visit to Stoneleigh  Kitcar Show . It's over 300 miles there and back and this is the first time since my car has been on the road, that I will be driving it to actually go somewhere in particular. Up till now, my longest trip has been about 60-70 miles and my first 3800 miles have just been driving around for fun, with no destination in mind. I changed the brake fluid and bled the system.

3rd May

Set off this morning at 7am with my phone-based satnav installed in the Fury. The first thing I noticed is that my Nitrons now feel too soft when backed off to the softest setting. The front bounces about too much for my liking.

The second thing I noticed is that my speedo is over reading. At 70mph the speedo is reading around 80-82mph. This means my fuel consumption measurements have been a bit optimistic, making my average so far closer to 22mpg. I cruised up to Stoneleigh at pretty much 70mph all the way and fuel consumption was up to a real 27mpg.

The journey up was not much fun. 70mph equates to 6800rpm and the car is loud at this speed. It's actually quieter to cruise at a higher speed because there appears to be an intake resonation around this engine speed. It also rained several times on the way up but the aeroscreen directs everything onto my forehead and keeps the rest of me dry and the the inside of the car too. I stopped and put a helmet on after the first 30 miles which unfortunately makes things louder and the helmet itself also generates a lot of wind noise. The second issue I had was that of being too cold. It was quite cool at 7am in the morning and the windchill didn't help. I should have bought another layer of clothing with me. I thought I'd get to Stoneleigh on a full tank but it was not to be. About 10 miles out I had to divert to get to a petrol station with the Digidash2 reading 0% fuel. One the way back I had to stop about 20 miles from home so, 140 miles from a full tank seems to be about the limit.

I arrived as the show opened, at around 9.30am and kitcars were starting to queue to get in. The show itself was much like others years I've been. The halls have the kit manufacturers and outside is essentially a kit car focussed, giant car boot sale. If you are not building or planning to build a car then it might all seem a bit dull. Some of the quality is very high but, some of engineering I saw shocked me. Some of the cheaper seven-style cars looked quite scary in terms of engineering design and quality. Some of these are well known brands (which I won't name) and popular kits too.

The main part of the show of interest to me now is the clubs and fellow owners though. You get to see the various makes of cars from Caterham and Westfield to the really small kit producers. The Ford GT club was worth a visit. I'm also rather fond of the Grinnall 3-wheeler. The Dax owner's club seemed to be all about large chrome wheels .

I parked up on the JPSC  stand and the turn out by the club was excellent. This picture was taken at 9.30am, when the show had just opened.

Along the front of the pitch were samples of all the cars designed by Jeremy Philips. I was disappointed that the Sylva Spectre didn't make it this year. I was really looking forward to seeing this car.

This is the new RAW Fulcrum, based upon the Striker. The most favourable description that I can supply is that it is functional.

Later in the day, there were lots of cars on the stand and lots of people seemed to be interested in or currently building a Fury, Mojo, Striker, etc. It was great to chat to fellow owners and enthusiasts. There were three other Fury R1s on the stand too and it was good to see how others had done things. One had the luxury of a windscreen and soft-top and another even had doors!

The weather had picked up a bit when I left at 2pm so I drove back without a helmet all the way. I also went a little bit faster to make the drive more interesting. The fuel consumption actually improved at this higher speed. My ears were ringing into the night.

I wanted to do this trip to see how what the car was like to drive longer distances. The Tillett seats are comfortable but the foot positioning is not ideal for long distances. The noise makes long journeys hard work and I couldn't see myself wanting to drive down to Le Mans in it. I really need to finish my airbox and another attempt at repacking the exhaust might be in order too.

2th May

Worked on my airbox, which is getting close to completion now.

9th May

Bit more work on the airbox then drove up to Orford. Lots of bikers about, slowing me down!

10th May

Fantastic drive today and I only went out to get some petrol. It took me over an hour.

12th May

I can't let this go without a mention this month ... the Sylva Spectre is the latest creation by Jeremy Philips . It is based around the mid-engined R1ot but now features bodywork that fully encloses the wheels. I liked the R1ot a lot and seriously considered building one but, I'm didn't want an open-wheel design. I also looked at the Menace (essentially a mid-engined Fury) but this was too new for me, when I started my build. The R1ot is now a well proven design and this latest development is exactly the kind of car I would build, if I had the time and finances to do it all again. The 1400cc motorbike engine from a Kawasaki ZX-14 would fit nicely and would provide a nice power upgrade from my Fury R1.

Having built a similar car and learnt so much from the experience, it is very tempting to do it all again and to try and make a better job of it. I can see why people become serial kitcar builders and it is a bit like some women having babies. At the time of birth they swear they will never do it again but, given a bit of time, the memories of the pain fade and there is an irresistible draw to do it all again. I honestly can't see how I found the time to do it though and I just can't see a way of finding the time to do it all again. I'm pretty sure my wife would agree with this too .

From the front this car looks remarkably like an S1 Lotus Elise, due mainly to the 'ears' forming the front splitter. When I first saw it, I wondered where the bonnet bulge had gone (as found on my Fury) but, the engine is now in the middle. This is kind of ironic, since this car is in many ways closer to how the Elise was meant to be, than the car that was launched. The early Elise concept was very light-weight, mid-engined and doorless too.

From this front side view, the relationship to the Fury is obvious.

The rear is the bit I struggle most with in this design. The rear bit doesn't seem to match but, that might be because I'm expecting to see a Fury rear end on the car.

You can track progress on the Spectre Sportscars  website.

27th May

Managed to do loads of driving in the last few weeks as the weather has been really good. I'm running two in-car digital cameras at the moment on most trips I do. A short video clip ...

30th May

Went out for a drive with my son and I noticed my indicators had failed. Had to drive like a BMW driver for the journey back home . The hazards worked and I was totally confident of my wiring. The fuse had not blown as such but appeared to have cracked. I don't mind fixing simple things like this.

31st May

Woke up really early this morning, so I went out for a drive. The weather was fantastic and the roads totally empty. Amazing drive through Tunstall Forest, up to Orford, Snape and back through Rendlesham Forest.

Pretty much finished my airbox now. Currently painting it.


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