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Old 06-09-2010, 05:01 PM   #21
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Common fuel cell placement for fp and ep miata is on the passenger floor, then boxed in. It is going to take one hell of a huge hit to get the cell if you have nascar style door bars on the passenger side. I would venture to say a hit hard enough to get to the cell would just about displace your head from its mounting point on your shoulders.
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Probably similar reasoning behind ASN ok'ing the stock location.
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The car weighs 2261 from factory. It would be minimum 570lb of stuff that has come off that won't be needed. Replacing that with about 130-140lb of new stuff. Plus cage 80-110lb. Minus metal removed 40-60lb. should weigh between 1840-1900 when finished. We will see at the end how close i get. It is not so easy getting them under 1760lb. I will be looking into making a jig to replicate the subframes in tubular steel as well as all the suspension arms. That should save another 40-45lb.

Getting there on my car

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Probably similar reasoning behind ASN ok'ing the stock location.
Without a doubt.
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What about removing the rear quarter panels , making molds and making nice thin carbon replacements? Are you going to replace the doors with fiberglass units? You could even go as far as maing your own wiring harness to keep wires to a minumum and length to a minimum lol

Probably one of the most extreme cars I've see was this 240 running the Redline Time Attack series. Don't mind the side scoops and holes on the rear plexi....rear mount radiator.



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Old 06-11-2010, 08:54 AM   #26
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Rear quarters are coming off. And all the metal behind them till there is really only the chassis rails and wheel tubs left. Everything will be c.f inc the doors. The c.f doors on my NA weigh about 5lbs. We are making the wiring harness, the stock one weighed about 30lb's. I thought that was an old mr2 at first. Looks very extreme, but also a bit ugly. We want ours to also look good. Not a bad idea running a boot mounted radiator, but i think it would add too much weight with all those hoses full of water.
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Old 06-12-2010, 06:21 AM   #27
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Picked up my new 15x9's with 225/45 kuhmo's today. I will run them on my NA and compare the 225 kuhmo's on 9's to the 205 toyo's on 8's in a couple of weeks.
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Old 07-03-2010, 02:17 AM   #28
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The cages are done in the cars now

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Now we have to clean up the shells, get all the soundproofing off and start getting the cars built.
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It's maybe worth having a look here for any ideas. He's building an MX5 race car for endurance events (but it's using a built N/A engine): http://www.mx5nutz.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=45768





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Damn that cage is straight up rally style gangster. How much room between elbow and door bar?
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The side intrusions are not in the way of your elbow as they are low enough. Actually they are a good hieght for an armrest.

I have been reading the build on that other car, looks like a good build.
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I started on the widebody, it's almost 2" wider each side.

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Well, i smashed the old car into the wall so the new car is going into action much sooner.
This is the last time i saw it. Sitting in a srap metal bin.


I cut out the trunk floor, wheel wells (behind rear wheels), as much metal as i could get to behind the rear 1/4 panels, the metal under the panel in front of the trunk, the trunk latch panel, and any metal brackets or bolts as well as all the seam sealer and soundproofing. I took out about 80lbs including the a.b.s and wiper assembly.



Engine bay painted GT3 RS colour, looks a bit pink in the pic.



The interior. I didn't like the colour on the cage so i am respraying the same colour as the engine bay.

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Any pics of the wadded up miata?
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It was probably fixable, but the chassis was bent at the front, the front subframe was bent, and the lower arms are bent too. As well as the rear panel.

I also uploaded a few videos onto youtube. Here is a link to one, just click on more videos from me to see the others.
This one is from the morning session before the crash. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_51XwXzlNeo



At least i didn't hit the door.

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Well, i smashed the old car into the wall so the new car is going into action much sooner.
You sir, have your priorities straight. Far too many people do not realize that as soon as their tires touch the tarmac, they need to be 99% okay with it being in the scrap bin by the end of the race. I'm slightly glad you stuffed it, now we can see some good progress, this is looking great so far.
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Painted the cage today.



You might be right. I had a few people asking if i was upset. And i just told them it happens. The hit was a combination of things, but ultimately was from running on a set of old toyos that where cold, after running on new kuhmos all day. I should have done a couple of laps fist before going flat out. If you look at the video of me at winton following the black miata, when it slides near the end, i was doing that all day. But on the toyos it went out and just kept going.
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Finished the paint, now i can start on assembly.



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