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    458 spider possible doner s15 varietta

    Was bored today and had a look online what do you guys think of the s15 varietta as a possible done being hardtop convetible.

    SPECIFICATIONS Model Grade
    VARIETTA
    Model Type GF-S15
    Transmission 5MT (4AT)
    Layout FR
    Seating Capacity 4
    Dimensions & Weight
    Length / Width / Height (mm) 4445 / 1695 / 1285
    Wheelbase (mm) 2525
    Tread Front/Rear (mm) 1470/1460
    Indoorsize Length/Width/Height (mm) 1470 / 1390 / 1055
    Weight (Kg) 1550 (1580)
    Minimum Ground Clearance (mm) 130
    Engine
    Engine type SR20DE
    Engine Watercooled IL-4 DOHC
    Displacement (cc) 1998
    Compression Ratio 10.0
    Horsepower (PS/rpm) 165/6400(160/6400)
    Torque (Kgm/rpm) 19.6/4800(19.2/4800)
    Drivetrain
    Suspension Front/Rear Strut / Multi-link
    Brake Front/Rear Ventilated Discs / Discs
    Tire Front 205/55R16
    Tire Rear 205/55R16
    Fuel Capacity (liter) 65.0


    458 ferrari

    Wheelbase

    2650 mm

    104.3 in

    Front track

    1672 mm

    65.8 in

    Rear track

    1606 mm

    63.2 in

    Length

    4527 mm

    178.2 in

    Width
    1937 mm
    76.3 in
    Height
    1213 mm

    47.8 in
    length:wheelbase ratio

    1.71

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    if you find blue prints I can overlay them in photoshop to see

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    i have looked around and cannot find any blueprints for the varietta anywhere sadly I used to own one of these a few years back. I have noticed one flaw and that would be the rear window how far it is back as the varietta has 4 seats therefore the boot would be short.

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    Here is one overlay on the Silvia Spec R, which is basically the same car? Next I'll stretch the Italia around



    Edit - Looking at the complications, first of all even if you were able to find a right sloping windshield and built it in, the ends would sit over the engine.


    The other things are with cutting so much in the rear, will it reach suspension parts?, gas tank, and will it effect the legalities of the rear bumper beam?

    Im interested in this donor because of the power potential and reliability but also because my mother owns a similar model, the 95 s14.
    I dont think you can get away with making the Italia but a custom design would be cool for it. If you find investors or a group of Nissan enthusiast who want such conversions, I have an almost finished homemade CNC machine that can carve the kit out in the future.


    edit 2 - longer hood, new slopping windshield.

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    Edit - Here you can see the high roof line makes the Italia shape awkward.

    Nissan originally copied the Ferrari 456 it its body shape...
    http://forums.nicoclub.com/luke-i-am...s-t520542.html
    I think I'll try to make a F12 (none replica) kit for my second project 4-5 months from now. As I've laid it out, you dont have to cut anywhere... an all bolt on kit and it looks good too! Even better would be the Varietta type convertible conversions.

    It would be interesting to see what Nissan forums members say about it and if any interest can be grouped.






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    As usual your work gets better and better.

    The video is blocked in the US though, can you resubmit it?

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    Thanks man, the video got blocked because of the music I see, I'll upload a new one

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    yeah very hard as there was only 1500 variettas built only 20 imported in aust me and my bro have owned 6 between us in the last 4yrs and problem is prices to they still about 20gz here.

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    Nissan contracted the z32 hard top prototype to a company that made the same parts for the Mitsubishi 3000gt spyder. Maybe its the same thing with the 240 Varietta's and share the same components. It shouldnt be too hard to make custom convertibles if it pays off at the end.

    If you can learn how to de-engineer it... or rather make 240sx convertible kits with motors and such, we could go into business together selling matching kits.
    Last edited by ArashB; 05-21-2012 at 12:08 AM.

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    i think thats way out of my league and affordability i just do this for a passion building cars im not a kit maker and esp not looking into making a business as i already run my own business which takes up alot of my time.

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