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post #16 of 25 (permalink) Old 05-14-2019, 03:41 PM
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Beautiful build, well done!

Ultra-lights offer an amazing driving experience, I cannot fathom what one would be like with this much power.

Once you get through all the shakedown stuff, you should post some videos of spirited driving/autox/trackday. Would love to see how hectic it gets.

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Beautiful build, well done!

Ultra-lights offer an amazing driving experience, I cannot fathom what one would be like with this much power.

Once you get through all the shakedown stuff, you should post some videos of spirited driving/autox/trackday. Would love to see how hectic it gets.
Will do! I look forward to seeing how manageable the power is on track.

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NEATO!! Can you say go cart.
It’s more like an unrestricted FSAE car for those that know what that is. I at least have suspension!
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In the good old days they used to let the karts with the largest engines out on our local race circuit (there was an adjoining karting circuit for the smaller engined karts).

They had pretty good top speed and the track was fairly rough and they sure danced around a lot. And by that I mean that they would hit a bump in a corner and come down several feet to the side of their former line. Racing for the brave and/or crazy.

The flexibility for the karts, which have no suspension, is whatever the chassis allows. IIRC the karts with a bit more flex did a bit better at our track, but that's a long time ago, so I could be wrong.

We car racers weren't all that enthusiastic about mixed use racing, especially when we had to go out in our cars after a vintage motorcycle group with open total loss chain oilers on a wet day....
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I have autocrossed more than a few Super 7/Caterhams over the years and you have a VERY potent weapon on your hands.. I ran 175-200 hp ones on race tires and sticky streets and Oh my God the stick, grip, acceleration!! You have increased the power again by 50%!!
I AM in SoCal and would LOVE a ride.. (well a drive really..lol) I had kinda taken 10 years off of Autocrossing and have gone back in running my GXP coupe in stock class and doing very well. Love to see that baby out and about!

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Neat as the Lotus 7 is, the one I would lust after would be a similarly converted Europa.

Lotus installed a higher power engine in the Lotus 47 for competition, but a tuned Ecotec turbo engine would make them into something else again.

They were only 42" high (9" lower than a Solstice) and weighed less than 1500 lbs. (closer to 1300 in race form. Think of them as Lotus 7 you can drive in bad weather.

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Neat as the Lotus 7 is, the one I would lust after would be a similarly converted Europa.

Lotus installed a higher power engine in the Lotus 47 for competition, but a tuned Ecotec turbo engine would make them into something else again.

They were only 42" high (9" lower than a Solstice) and weighed less than 1500 lbs. (closer to 1300 in race form. Think of them as Lotus 7 you can drive in bad weather.

But didn't they have non-opening windows?

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But didn't they have non-opening windows?
Only the first 296 Series 1s had that.
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I have autocrossed more than a few Super 7/Caterhams over the years and you have a VERY potent weapon on your hands.. I ran 175-200 hp ones on race tires and sticky streets and Oh my God the stick, grip, acceleration!! You have increased the power again by 50%!!
I AM in SoCal and would LOVE a ride.. (well a drive really..lol) I had kinda taken 10 years off of Autocrossing and have gone back in running my GXP coupe in stock class and doing very well. Love to see that baby out and about!
Ping me with your contact info. I'm in the San Pedro area.
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Neat as the Lotus 7 is, the one I would lust after would be a similarly converted Europa.

Lotus installed a higher power engine in the Lotus 47 for competition, but a tuned Ecotec turbo engine would make them into something else again.

They were only 42" high (9" lower than a Solstice) and weighed less than 1500 lbs. (closer to 1300 in race form. Think of them as Lotus 7 you can drive in bad weather.

Looks cool! I was never a fan of convertables, but I gotta say driving around with no doors or top is addictive. The 47 looks like a mini miura almost.

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