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    New to Kit Cars - Idea feasible?

    Hello everyone,

    I'm a complete newbie to kit cars. I recently came up with an interesting idea, and I was wondering if you guys could tell me how feasible this is. I'm thinking of building a very very small, cheap, and light kit car, probably powered by a motorcycle engine. I have access to a C&C machine, and I have some beginners experience with fiberglass and carbon fiber molding. How feasible would it be to obtain say, a simplified chassis, drop in a very cheap engine, and design custom bodywork for such a creation?

    Thanks in advance for your responses!

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    Re: New to Kit Cars - Idea feasible?

    Easy... How "simple do you want to go? Ariel Atom chassis simple....MR2 simple???

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    Re: New to Kit Cars - Idea feasible?

    Quote Originally Posted by pkid777
    Easy... How "simple do you want to go? Ariel Atom chassis simple....MR2 simple???
    Haha, I could only hope for something as simple and elegant as an Atom. Although I think I'd rather have a closed cabin, I'm definitely thinking in that size range!

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    Re: New to Kit Cars - Idea feasible?

    Well use that as a base and design a canopy around it, or look at the T1 Comparo

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    Re: New to Kit Cars - Idea feasible?

    That sounds pretty reasonable - in fact I know quite a bit about statics and programming as well, so I could potentially do many of the optimizations required for chassis design. However, that's the simple part for me! Rigid structures with known compressions/tensions and torques can be calculated. I really don't know much about engine mechanics, transmissions, etc. Where can I get started this kind of stuff? Are there books I can get? Places where I can get my hands dirty or at least observe someone? I checked craigslist - seems that smaller car engines go for pretty cheap too. I'm striving for a small little car that's fun to drive, has reasonable fuel economy, and looks very nice.

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    Re: New to Kit Cars - Idea feasible?

    Look at lotus 7 replica chassis (locost - search in google).

    They are about as simple as you are going to get.

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    Re: New to Kit Cars - Idea feasible?

    Check out this site.
    http://www.grabercars.com/phpbb2/

    I think they are doing what you are asking about.

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    Re: New to Kit Cars - Idea feasible?

    Best small engine in my opinion is the 2L 4G63... Its a damn near bulletproof turbocharged engine

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    Re: New to Kit Cars - Idea feasible?

    There are alot of them floating around the UK.
    Take a look @ http://www.kitcar-trader.co.uk/membe...bmit=Finish+ad


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