Our new year tidy up has revealed huge potential in items we have lying around, a Fireblade engine with Power commander that is tuned and raring to go, flat shift kit, a chain diff, Tillett carbon seats, Sabelt harnesses, alloy uprights and hubs, a quick rack, quick release wheel and column, electric reverse kit, racing pedal set, Wilwood brakes set, ETB instruments, ally tank and pump, Avo shocks, in board wishbone set, oh and rather importantly, a chassis I started for my now shelved trike. I am particularly keen on the long slow curves which run right from tip to toe. This is something that has never been achieved before on any exoskeleton chassis. I managed to decrease the radius on the tube just from the roll bar point to the back. That's me busy for a bit then! Mind you I have to work quickly as we are getting orders in from the Autosport show on an hourly basis, all Exocet orders so far.
My thought was that it would be a great shame if the tR1ke 2 project was not completed. I know you were disappointed with the response on the forum to the extent that you were prepared to shelve it, but I think "if you build it they will come" applies here.
Just curious, where are the license plates located and is the pointy nose street legal?
front licence plate provision is not an IVA inspection requirement, the rear is though, no idea why. I can display a plate a little Alfa Romeoish. I just Googled images for Atom and it's difficult to find one with a front plate apart from flat on the top which wouldn't impress PC Plod. Interestingly there are lots of pictures of Atom's on public roads without front plates, including the Atom Police car, pics of both sides show no plate. Pointy nose is not an issue, it looks real aggressive, the IVA will either class it as part of the "body" in which case it needs to be blunted or as part of a contactable edge which will mean it needs a 2.5mm rad. I will sand it to that anyway. Just working on the side diagonal brace tubes right now. The wishbones look cool as they are longer than I normally make and with the inboard shocks it has a clean look.
Over here, many options will fail on the 2.5R, plate angle tilting backwards and sideway visibility angle and bended plates. We need to take into account the risk of fines owning/driving plates like this. Not sure what will happen after multiple fines have been written.
historically in the UK kit cars and US imports have used all manner of front plates mostly un challenged. If stopped the officer usually insists you get an MOT. Some owners leave the plate in the car and "say it just fell off officer"! Considering the attention paid to contactable surfaces for IVA it is bizarre that they insist we put sharp edged plates on the front. The IVA is clear with regards to rear plate provision. This caused problems for all Cobra's as they used to have to cut a half circle out of the plate for the boot lock, not allowed. For Replicar we attach a plate to mount the rear plate, obviously with knock on trim around it. I am making a pattern for a double front spoiler/splitter at the moment. We are testing a car in a wind tunnel next month, if it's any good I will put one on my BEC, it will add to the drama and give me a plate hanging option.
It's nice to see you give it some thoughts. You could offer this as an option outside UK if desired. As an example, a horizontal welded U-bend pipe where the plate sits in, in front of the A-arms does look decent. As long as it's side way visibility is 45 degrees both directions it's correct. License plate locations integrated in the design is the duck nuts
EXOBLADE is now rolling, suspension inboard, rack very quick, seats laid well back, tank fits, engine in, diff sorted, chassis weight 77kg, Torsional stiffness appears good at first twisting attempt, we stuffed one end under our 2 post lift with a car on board and gave the other end some stick with a 3m beam on a pivot block whilst measuring with a dial gauge! Not at all very technical but good enough for a first impression and first impression was good enough.
Just need to remind myself how to load pictures on here, can't remember now, wasn't there a video somewhere of how to do it?