Project Godiva – Part 7

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The basic primary and secondary structures for Godiva have been detailed in the previous two issues of Race Magazine. However I have received quite a few questions of how the honeycomb panels actually attach to the chassis and since there seemed to be such interest I thought that this issue should document my research and…

Project Godiva – Part 6

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Secondary Structure In Issue five, we had a brief look at the proposed hybrid chassis that we intend to use as a basis for Godiva. The chassis proposed uses a simple steel SHS spaceframe stiffened with aluminium honeycomb panels to achieve the desired performance. The chassis described so far is not the complete structure of…

Project Godiva – Part 5

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What you see on the following page is the concept diagram for Godiva’s chassis. You can see that the diagram has ‘layers’ to help make sense of the overall image (note all red/green/black lines are steel tube, coloured sections are honeycomb panel). However, before going into the details as such we should consider the overall…

Project Godiva – Part 4

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What type of engine would you like to use to power your own ‘supercar’? Does the sound and feel of the engine’s power delivery give you a warm glow inside, even after the drive has finished? Do you have a particular allegiance to a brand and type of engine? Do you only want a manual…

Project Godiva – Part 3

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As I said originally I would pay attention to those readers who showed interest in building a ‘Godiva’ of their own. To my surprise the overwhelming request was 95% for a mid/rear engined car and I also admit that it is my current preference as well (note this may have biased some of the reasoning…

Project Godiva – Part 2

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We now need to start discussing some of the design priorities. Where do we start? Basically we have to decide what ‘Godiva’ is to be designed for and what the priorities are. What I see is that Godiva should be able to take a driver and one passenger fast as possible and as safe as…

Project Godiva – Part 1

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Welcome to the first of many (we hope!) articles where we attempt to wade through the issues surrounding the design, construction and race/registration of a Individually Constructed Vehicle (ICV) that can be used at the track and probably on the road as well!

Piranha or Electric Eel

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The car in question is, as I write this, just a collection of steel tubes stitched together sitting in my workshop and that’s it. It was purchased in 2010 by Daryl Watt of New South Wales and is a Melbourne-built Piranha hill climber of 1990-ish vintage with an extensive career doing short runs up the…

The Million Horsepower Supra

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(From Issue 32) The roots of the Toyota Supra can be traced back as far as the svelte Toyota 2000GT of the 1960s; cool enough for James Bond to cruise around in the movie “You only live twice”. The engine used in that car gradually grew in capacity through the years, as the long-lived M-series…