Posts by james

Pulsar Cup – Bartolo Special

Words and images supplied by Paul Bartolo So, motor sport. It’s a pastime many of us have fallen for over the years, yet sadly so many people fall by the wayside – a combination of lives, wives / husbands, kids, mortgages and various other life events conspiring to get in the way of having a…

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The Transaxle Conundrum

  One of the most enduring motor sport engine and gearbox configurations is the ‘North-South’ mid-engine layout with a transaxle mounted behind the motor. For a manufacturer or a well-funded race team, designing a purpose built or high-end transaxle is not a difficult decision to make. For those of us on limited budgets or ‘green…

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Project Godiva – Part 10

The past three months have been marked not so much by what construction has occurred, but rather by the number of final – if they are truly final – decisions that have been made. Steering Rack The previously acquired Ford Escort steering rack has been replaced by a Toyota rack. The Escort the rack sat…

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Project Godiva – Part 9

Even with years of planning, actually making Godiva has never really been a very linear process, where each step is well planned in advance and flows smoothly from one stage to another. Instead it has been very much like a long staircase in a grand old building where there are pauses along the way to…

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Project Godiva – Part 8

What you see below is the Mitsubishi drivetrain (engine and transaxle) removed from the car, complete with subframe, suspension, struts and discs etc. What I had not expected when this was finally on my garage floor was that the driveshaft would be approximately 40mm lower than the crankshaft. It was a surprise, mostly because you…

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Project Godiva – Part 7

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…

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Project Godiva – Part 6

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…

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Project Godiva – Part 5

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…

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Project Godiva – Part 4

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…

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