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ATTRACTING NEW PEOPLE to the kit car scene is vital but, contrary to popular belief, I don’t believe it’s as difficult as some people would have us think. New companies pop up all the time and the allure of being a ‘car manufacturer’ holds just as much appeal as it ever did. Just witness the recent purchase of Raw Striker by the Bulmer brothers or our drive in this issue of the Typhoon Valdris. The appeal of creating your own car company is as strong as ever. And new people still want to buy kit cars, even in these straightened times. New Running Reports contributor James Griffon has finally scratched the kit car itch and is building a Westfield using one of the company’s all-in-one kit packages. And at the more affordable end of the scale, MEV reports scorching sales of its new MX-5 based Exocet, and almost exclusively to new kit car enthusiasts taking their first tentative steps into our scene. As ever, people will buy the right product at the right price. For all that, CKC is always investing in new ways of trying to reach enthusiasts. While much of that may be behind-the-scenes development of new shop availability (supermarkets, motorway services, airports etc) we also push hard to attend new events outside of the kit car scene, hence our first ever display at this year’s Goodwood Revival. It was a real eyeopener, and we’ll be back next year, spreading the word about kit cars at this and other mainstream events.
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TONIQ DRIVEN AT LAST A palpable sense of relief after I finally get to drive the Toniq. Yes, it’s good! p16
TRACK DAY NOVICES UNITE! Another fantastic CKC/Omex Track Day. You must join us next time. p26
SUSPENSION SET-UP This shouldn’t be an optional extra. A proper check-up is vital. p54
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MEET THE TEAM Your kit car specialists EDITOR Ian Stent
FEATURES EDITOR Adam Wilkins
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AUTO STYLIST Italo Sciacca
CV – Built two kit cars, owned eight others, driven virtually every type of kit car produced over the last 20 years.
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CV – Studied car and product design and has worked as a design consultant on many cars.
“Draw a line under all you thought you knew about the Toniq... take a deep breath and open your eyes on a brand new car.”
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In this issue OUT & ABOUT
Fulcrum Shaun Kemp’s Raw
CKC/Omex Track day
Brilliant weather and another fab mix of enthusiastic kit car owners and cars means it must be another CKC/Omex track day. Why don’t you join us next time? IT’S BECOMING APPARENT that for many people, the idea of taking your car on track may be appealing, but the thought of mixing in with hardcore track day drivers is intimidating. So it’s especially pleasing to find that, as we’d hoped, we are managing to attract quite a few track day virgins to CKC/Omex Track Days. Perhaps as many as a dozen of the 35 places were taken by people who’d never driven at Llandow and were dipping their toes into the track day scene for the first time. Run with our partners at Omex Technology, these days are designed to accommodate the novice while also appealing to more experienced circuit drivers. So in the morning all the drivers are split into three groups – novice, intermediate and experienced. Track
time is then run according to these groups, so all the novices are out together and so one. The first two laps of each group’s first outing are done under yellow flags, meaning no overtaking. These are sighting laps so that everyone can get an idea of the circuit’s corners before the flags are withdrawn and the more serious action commences. With each group managing three or four sessions in the morning, it’s the perfect way to feel your way into driving quickly on the track without fear of someone much faster coming barging passed every few seconds. In the afternoon we then run what’s called an open pit lane, when anyone can go out at any time, with a limit of just ten cars on track at once. It means that you are guaranteed as much track time as you want. Once again, we were offering lunch in the main building at Llandow to all those
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12 Phil Francis had only recently purchased this Sylva Riot, but was enjoying driving it hard.
CKC/OMEX TRACK DAY DRIVER PROFILE
13 *** ****’s very tidy Caterham prepares to exit the paddock.
Car: Sylva Riot Owner: Phil Francis
14 Ken Robson is a track day regular and his much modified Marlin 5Exi was quick and controlled.
Track day experience: Second track day
15 Dave Bence’s Onyx is a regular track day tool, complete with full house slicks. It’s quick too! 16 Pete Smith now owns this old Toniq demo car and was giving it lots of opposite lock all day!
General: Phil Francis has done two track days – and both were CKC/Omex days at Llandow. While it was his second time at the circuit, this was the first outing for his Sylva Riot which he recently bought second-hand; previously, he had a bike powered Toniq. He switched to the Sylva because he wanted something more suited to road use, and the 1700cc Ford powered machine is more docile when you want it to be. Not that he was exploiting the car’s docile side of its nature on the circuit!
who attended (well over sixty by the time you count hangers on!). It’s a terrific way to meet some of the other drivers on the day and chat about the morning’s successes and failures. This was our second track day of 2010 and we were once again blessed with superb weather, a fully booked paddock and a great spread of cars and likeminded enthusiasts. If you have never been to a track day before, then we will be organising two more in 2011, and I urge you to join us. It’s great fun.
time certainly the first THIS IS ALMOST laid in tracks have been Toyo R888 tyre pit. Despite Suffolk gravel the dust of this of ded by vast piles and being surroun ting machinery aggregate, intimida Shaun tipper trucks, to heavily laden still manages Fulcrum Raw Kemp’s e that It has presenc look aggressive. is, afterall, dimensions; it belies its tiny
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CKC/OMEX TRACK DAY DRIVER PROFILE
Owner: Dave McEvoy Track day experience: Five track days
General: Dave McEvoy counts himself as a track day enthusiast before being a kit car fan – it’s simply that a kit car is the best tool for the job. Having done some background research, he settled on a second-hand Raw Striker as it has a great reputation for circuit work. He also chose the Toyota 4AGE engine as it’s a great combines car engine traits with near motocycle style high-revving antics. Dave has done five track days including three visits to Llandow. He’s enjoying the process of getting the car sorted and set-up for track day use.
1 First track outing for Rob Kendall and his Aprilia V-twin engined MK. 2 Matt Wingrave (driving) with wife Sue as an eager passenger. 3 Rob Hollomby gets some serious roll through the twisty bits in his MK. 4 Kirk Weatherley’s Tiger R6 in action
5 CKC’s Adam Wilkins decided the grass looks more interesting!. 6 Richard McVean’s gets to grips with his Radical. 7 Callum and Jeremy Bulmer, new owners of Raw UK, came with two Strikers... 8 Omex MD Richard Wragg takes Jeremy Bulmer for a blast in his tuned Moggy. 9 Dave Bence refuels his Onyx Bobcat.
17 Neil Turner’s faithful Tiger Cat continues to be one of the quick cars. 18 Richard Wilkins giving his old Tiger Super 6 a leg stretch.
10 ***********. 11 **** *****’s amazing one off has only recently hit the road. Expect more in a forthcoming issue.
19 Colin Howells putting his recently purchased GTM Libra through its paces.
CKC/OMEX TRACK DAY DRIVER PROFILE
20 David McEvoy giving his Raw Striker a workout. 21 Pete Rockey’s Sylva Phoenix was super quick all day long.
Car: Sylva Phoenix
CKC/OMEX TRACK DAY DRIVER PROFILE
Owner: Pete Rockey
Car: Tiger R6
Track day experience: Five or six track days per year
Owners: Kirk Weatherley and Martin Andrews
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appeal for Shaun. Celica, hastily sold his He may have the kit and even promptly ordered quickly build much more completed the months), ted (it took **** than he anticipa Being a it looks rushed. but nothing about has a by trade, Shaun CNC machinist out how working for natural aptitude and work. That things fit together the helped certainly background has people built kit car. Most creation of well production a low volume assume this is a tidy surprising as it’s car. That’s not full justice to the example that does modern styling.
Car: Raw Striker
seen the Fulcrum Striker. Once he’d workshop, a Striker in AB’s parked next to also liked the styling. He he was sold on by the of security offered the extra feeling
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General: Pete Rockey’s track day career didn’t get off to a great start. The Fishe Fury he built was written off during a pre-SVA shakedown at Brands Hatch. Undeterred, he sold off what he could and
Track day experience: Three track days
General: Kirk Weatherley and Martin Andrews co-own their Tiger R6, which not only halves the cost of ownership for each of them but also means there’s always someone to go to a track day with! They bought the factory built Tiger earlier this year specifically for track day use and the CKC/Omex track day at Llandow was the third event they’ve fitted in since buying it. They would have done more, but a head gasket failure took the car out of action for a while.
bought a Sylva Phoenix and also has an old BMW 3-series for winter track days. The early car had been fitted with a 2001 Yamaha R1 engine and provides plenty of thrills. As he uses the car for long journeys (as well as five or six track days per year) he’s currently considering a replacement. Favourite at the moment is a mid-engined bike powered car, so that he can easily change the final drive ratio for longer motorway trips.
26 OUT & ABOUT – CKC/OMEX TRACK DAY
All the action from the latest CKC/Omex Track Day.
8 NEWS We go further to get the stories behind the stories. No PR puff here.
28 OUT & ABOUT – GOODWOOD REVIVAL CKC’s first attendance of the Goodwood Revival was amazing.
15 TIFF Tiff Needell examines what makes a great car great.
29 OUT & ABOUT – WESSEX CLASSIC CAR SHOW The editor found kit cars galore at this local classic car gathering.
16 FIRST DRIVE – TONIQ Has the Toniq finally come of age? We think so.
32 CLUB LIFE Here’s what an area kit car club can do for you.
22 WALL OF FAME Want to show off your pride and joy? Here’s where to do it.
35 EVENTS DIARY CKC’s crystal ball looks at the events you won’t want to miss in 2011!
25 LETTERS Let’s be hearing from you. The stronger the view, the more interesting it is!
38 IMPERIAL VAN Running Reports contributors, Roger and Yoland Brown, have finished their project.
An Imperial Van isn’t CKC’s usual meat and two veg, but neither are Running Reports contributor s Roger and Yoland Brown what one might describe as average. And that’s just how we like it! The editor met up with them to see the fruilts of their labour.
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AS I ARRIVE I’m presented with a bunch of ruby red grapes grown in Roger and Yoland Brown’s industrial size kitchen garden. It’s not the usual welcome I receive on reader’s car features, but perfectly sets the tone for Roger and Yoland’s approach to life and the most recent addition to their kit car family, an Imperial van. Roger and Yoland are a force to be reckoned with, possessing a level of energy and enthusiasm that immediately makes you feel tired. Much of their house appears to have been built, modified or fettled by Roger, while Yoland oversees a busy b&b, and the two of them cultivate
and nurture a garden that’s open to the public and which clings to a hillside of precipitous proportions and which required the construction of some 700 steps in order for the duo and their visitors to navigate their way around. And then there are the cars... In his youth Roger used to compete in autocross and rallies with an Austin 16 and then an MG J2, but that all came to a halt when he married Yoland in 1962. But if getting hitched put a stop to his motoring fun for the next 37 years, it was Yoland who got him back behind the wheel of interesting motors once he’d retired. She started buying kit car magazines and dropping hints that it would be fun to have something alternative to zoom about in. Although of a practical disposition, Roger didn’t fancy building something himself, so they went to the next kit car show looking for a sevenesque vehicle that was offered turnkey. At the time, that meant Caterham, Westfield and the South the company sold the project to Westfield African imported Birkin. A 5k saving over Sports Cars. Roger and Yoland's was one the Caterham was appealing, while a of the last to leave RDM’s workshops and subsequent blast around Silverstone with a little further work was required by Birkin’s ex F1 test driver, Steve Watson at Westfield before the Spyder was running the wheel helped seal the deal. “I love it,” as it should. enthuses Yoland. So now they each had their own fun If the Birkin was bought for Yoland, the cars, plus a ‘practical’ car and a VW next purchase was supposed to allow Caddy pick-up for load lugging for the Roger to return to his competition roots, garden. In anyone’s book, that’s surely the with something suitable for trials. A complete set. And Roger and Yoland were Reliant based Tempest was next on the indeed content, until they went along to hit list, with a driveable example sourced the Stoneleigh kit car show in 2009 and which just required basic finishing. The witnessed the launch of the brand new only fly in the ointment was the lack of Imperial. Although shown in a pick-up any local trialling clubs. With the format, and despite being tailor made for exception of one foray up a grassy hill, the a wedding car variant, our pair saw a van Tempest has been enjoying more relaxed for lugging stuff about and generally action on the Tarmac. having fun in. One fun car for her and one fun car for It also ticked one other box that him might seem more than adequate, but neither Yoland nor Roger had yet Roger and Yoland were just getting into managed to address... that of building a their stride. By 2007 they realised they car from scratch. “I always thought I needed something that offered rather ought to build one,” Roger admits. In this more practicality than either of their last regard, the Imperial was perfect, current rides. A factory built GTM Spyder since it used the complete rolling chassis looked to fit the bill, and was from a London Taxi, and the vast subsequently ordered from RDM, just as bodywork was fitted by the factory as standard. As such, it’s what Roger describes as a ‘soft’ build, and less WE OWN THIS... daunting as a consequence. Name: Roger and Yoland Brown Regular readers may have followed Age: Not quite 70 their progress within our Running Occupation: Retired/B&B proprietor Reports features, but the duo sourced a taxi Best thing about your car: The amazing via looks the London Taxi Group, who delivered Worst thing about your car: A rattle at the back it to which we haven’t sorted yet their door, where upon they removed the Fastest car you’ve been in: A Birkin bodywork and spent a month refurbishing around Silverstone with F1 test driver Steve Watson at the chassis and suspension. During this the wheel time they placed their order for the Lottery win car: Jaguar SS100 bodywork, spending a lot of time First car: Ausatin 7 Ruby contemplating the two-tone gelcoat Any thank yous: John and Dave at Imperial, Dougie the mechanic colours they should have. In the end Yoland chose the damson (don’t call it NOVEMBER 2010
44 BARKSTON SPRINT Adam Wilkins gets his first proper taste of sprinting... and likes it.
46 FIRST DRIVE – TYPHOON The Mondeo based X-Bow lookalike in action. Interior continues the ‘damson’ colour theme with seat covers made by Yoland.
Yoland And Roger have assembled a car that’s as full of character as they are.
purple!) to link in with the damsons for which their area of Shropshire is known. The tone of grey was also carefully considered, and the end result seems to work well. Imperial fits the bodywork to every customer’s chassis as part of the basic purchase, so the refurbished taxi rolling chassis was trailered to Imperial’s Wigan based workshops, where the bodywork (located on a substantial galvanised steel subframe) was lifted into place. Doors were also hung at this stage and the oval rear window glass fitted. Roger and Yoland were building the Imperial over last winter which, as you’ll remember, largely consisted of snow. And they were building it in an open carport! Yoland puts this hardy attitude down to all
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Locust Build Part 2
Warp 8 Part 2
SDR V-Storm Build
BeamMe UpSCOTTY PART 03 Mark Jenkins is back, restoring the seriously bonkers Warp 8 – a classic slice of ’70s kit car exotica.
FIRSTLY, IT’S A very warm welcome back to Mark Jenkins and his slightly insane Warp 8. Mark began restoring this extraordinary 1970s one-off last year and we ran two features following his restoration diary of progress. It was a monster of a project, but just as he was making great progress, commitments elsewhere forced him to mothball the Warp until recently. But now he’s back... and so is the Warp 8. For those that missed those earlier issues, it’s thought that just two Warp 8s were produced, the first completed by the designer, Owen Williams, while the second one never made it to the road and is the car Mark bought a year or so ago. Nothing has been heard of the first car, but Mark may even have news on that shortly. Work on his car to date has been
on modifying the floorpans on the Beetle chassis to more robustly locate the bodywork. This in itself has been a major project but, as you’ll now read, is nothing by comparison to re-engineering the gullwing doors! Over to you Mark – Ed. Firstly, sorry for the delay in updating the restoration of the Warp 8 but things are getting back to normal now, so I should start making good progress again. Right then, the part of the restoration I've been dreading – the doors. At this point you'd expect me to be telling of the design work and countless hours of planning that have gone into these before I even start, but that would be a pack of lies. As with everything to do with the Warp, it's really make it up as I go along. The only thing I'm sure of at
Land Rover Discovery provides the vital componentry for the new door latches etc.
Fulcrum Build Pt 1
Competition Samco Hoses
Focus on Cameras
Andrew even used the steel in which the latches were
Kit car suspension is often highly adjustable. So how come so few owners take the time to set it up correctly? The editor joins Dan Wright as he visits Northampton Motorsport to get his MK pointing in the right direction.
else) without then checking that the suspension is working correctly? You’re right... it makes no sense whatsoever. Getting your car close to being correct does not need to cost a fortune and I’ve met a number of people over the years who’ve checked all the suspension parameters in their garage using home made tools. But if that’s not you, then a number of companies will offer a suspension set-up service. And it doesn’t need to cost a fortune, with prices at Northampton Motorsport typically starting from £80 for wheel alignment and just £50 for corner weighting. Do the full assessment on a typical sevenesque kit as you’ll
Dan Wright arrives at Northampton Motorsport with his ZX10-R powered MK Indy R.
typically be looking at around £200 all in. That’s not a huge investment in order to make sure your car is performing the way it should, is it? What amazes me is that people are often prepared to put up with poor handling kit cars. Some people just think unpredictable handling is the way it should be – part of the sports car experience! Others know something’s amiss and gradually fall out of love with the car they’ve spent months or years creating. 23-year old Dan Wright placed his order for an MK Indy R kit when he was just 20 and spent two years assembling a Kawasaki ZX10-R
Troy and James of Northampton check over the MK as Dan nervously watches.
powered, flyweight road racer. At his third SVA attempt (emissions and sharp edges being the familiar failure items) in February of last year he walked away with a pass and was registered and road legal shortly after. Having opted for MK’s uprated Indy R chassis and suspension package, and remembering his engine choice, it seems obvious that Dan wants something that really delivers out on the road. But in the subsequent 18months, despite his best efforts at home, he’s never managed to get the car handling as he would like,
yet has never sort the help of a professional. As a consequence, he’s not used the car much and, when we meet up, it’s clear he’s in danger of becoming disillusioned with the whole kit car experience. But all credit to him, because when we posted on the locostbuilders forum that we wanted someone who’d like to get their car professionally set up by Northampton Motorsport, he responded within minutes (along with many other members from this popular forum). Northampton Motorsport is perhaps best known within the kit car world for its rolling road facility. We’ve featured several rolling road shootouts done with the company and its engine tuning and diagnostic facilities are well respected within the industry. But less well known is its full suspension set-up facility and also general workshop. Having just moved into larger premises, Northampton Motorsport is an impressive place to visit.
Seven Westfields of various descriptions are on site when we meet up with Dan, along with a Caterham, beautiful Ginetta G4, a Mini and several other interesting tin tops and classics (an impressive Vauxhall Chevette HSR is on the rollers). Virtually all of the kit cars are in for what you might call garage work. The Caterham is here for a minor service and radiator change; a competition Westfield in for a full rebuild with a new factory supplied chassis; and several other Westies are in for engine changes ranging from an early car going from Crossflow to Zetec, and a more modern example being converted to the latest Honda Type R. With a room dedicated to engine builds, another area set aside purely for carburettor and injection servicing, plus a machine room and a parts shop, the new Northampton Motorsport premises is impressive. Matt arrives in his MK, with dad Gavin having followed in a tin-top. After we’ve met up with
Northampton’s Troy Robinson, it’s time for a de-brief. Dan reports that the MK is skittish over uneven back roads, to the point of being quite alarming to drive. He tells us that he’s improved it from when he first drove it, but that the lack of predictability in the handling is the major problem. Troy’s hesitant about making any early predictions, but suggests this sort of symptom is often due to incorrect toe settings. But the first thing to do is get the car up on the lift and check it over for any obvious faults. As a matter of course, all the tyre pressures are checked, not least because any corner weight adjustment will be wasted if one tyre is found to have the wrong pressure afterwards and is subsequently adjusted. And then Troy and his assistant James take a few moments to look around the suspension carefully and check that everything is as it should be... and immediately it’s clear that it isn’t. When James pulls on the front
More play found in one of the rear suspension wishbone mounts.
offside wheel there’s obvious movement in the lower wishbone. The bolt holding the rear leg of the lower wishbone is slightly loose and it’s enough to let the wishbone slop about on its bush. Dan’s appalled, having checked the suspension some months previously, but the bolt is soon nipped up tight and extra attention is given to the rest of the bracketry on the car. One of the top mounts for a rear wishbone is also slightly loose and, if nothing else, this has already been a worthwhile exercise! This exercise also gives Troy and James an opportunity to look at the suspension design to ascertain exactly what adjustments can be made. Not all suspension is the same, and some kit car manufacturers will supply cars which have no adjustment for certain aspects of suspension geometry. There may be good reasons for this, so it’s certainly not a failing and you shouldn’t be alarmed if your kit car doesn’t allow for complete adjustment of all
Looking up into the Warp’s roof, showing the existing framework onto which the door hinges must locate.
section to allow me make an almost triangular shape to follow the gap in the roof that will be filled by the top of the door. When done, I measure again and again to make sure that when finally fitted it will sit low enough to allow for the door skin to fit on top and still fit flush with the rest of the body. When I'm happy, it's welded to the hinge. Next, I cut more box section to start making the side frames that will come down to the body line just above the door handle. With the bolts in the hinges tightened up to, I measure and trim the upper frame and then tack these sections in. I go home feeling very pleased with myself.
Completed outer framework which will support the original fibreglass outer skin.
Discovery latching mechanism tacked in place along the
of box section is cut to size and welded into place to join the bottom of the door frame to the top. Are you with me still? The moment of truth... remove all the wedges, reach into the frame, release the catch and, joy of joy, the door (or should I say frame?) opens, lifts all the way up and then closes again. I spend the next half hour or so opening and closing it, only stopping because my arm starts to ache. I've got to do this again for the other side. Oh bugger! DAYS 32/33 More of the same, only not because of the minor differences from side to side with the Warp. So a little extra time was needed to do some adjustments in order to make sure both sides are now the same.
This shot showing the inner framework Andrew described
bottom edge to meet latching pin mounted on chassis.
DAY 31 I've come in today full of the joys of spring and after 45 minutes wish I stayed at home. The next bit is not going to work by going from top to bottom as I can't be sure, because of the shape of the body, things will line up correctly. So the best thing to do is start from the bottom and meet somewhere in the middle. First I need to make a bracket to go on the chassis with the Discovery striker attached. Nice easy job... big nut welded to a plate, fitted into bracket, loads of adjustment, welded to chassis... happy days. Having cut out the section of the Discovery door with the catch in, I clean it up and slide it over the striker. Then, with bits of wood, metal and anything else I can find, I wedge around this small section to hold it in place while the remainder
in the text, designed to line up within the rollcage.
Hinge located on new bracket bolted to inner frame. New door framework will be welded to this.
First bits of basic outer framework go in.
The door frame dropped down into its closing position, showing how the latch will engage with the pin on the chassis.
Ride height and rake of car measured. Should be slightly lower at the front.
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The hinge must not only clear the roof, but also leave space for the fibreglass outer door skin.
Plate welded into place to take more of the original
This shot really shows the advantage of retaining the
Discovery door furniture, such as the release lever.
section of Discovery door skin. Makes the latch area much tider.
Immediately some slack is found in one of the front lower wishbone mounts – soon tightened.
Mark Jenkins with the 1970s Warp 8.
DAY 29 The hinges are really fiddly, but finally all four are cut and shaped how I want them. A piece of 8mm inside diameter stainless steel tube is welded to each hinge, for the bolts that will eventually be used to go though. All the holes that are needed are then drilled and these parts of the hinge bolted up. The holes are drilled over-size to give me some adjustment.
DAY 30 Next is the part of the hinge that fits on the door itself. Again more leftovers are used... no waste here. These are quite easy to make, cut and shape as required, and I weld on some plates that are then shaped and drilled to allow bolts to go though to form the completed hinges. With all of these in place, it's time for the door itself... this is going to be a laugh. I've repaired more doors than I can remember, but as far as making one from scratch, well that’s a big fat zero. There’s only one way I can think of to set about this job, and that’s start at the top and work my way down. I cut some lengths of 3/4 inch box
Special trestles used on flat level floor to keep car at convenient head height.
Scales located under each wheel to measure and show adjustments for corner weight.
First Warp 8 reached completion at the hands of its designer, Owen Williams. car, as found by Andrew Jenkins, who’s now restoring it.
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DAY 28 The first thing I need to do is put some extra strengthening sections in the roof to hang the doors off. These are made from left over chassis sections trimmed to fit. Four of these are cut to length and shaped to fit onto the framework already in the roof area. Nuts are then welded to these to allow hinges to be bolted to. After a bit of trimming of the roof frame these are welded into position. The hinges are also made of left over chassis sections cut and trimmed to shape, to allow the pivot point of the hinge to sit as level to the roof as possible. It seems it will need to be like this to enable the door to clear the roof when opening.
housed. It made the job much easier.
this stage is that it will use sections of Land Rover Discovery doors, so I can use the locks and catches. And that’s only because I've got a spare Discovery in the yard.
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52 SUSPENSION SET-UP Following Dan Wright as he gets his MK Indy checked over by Northampton Motorsport.
Upgrading Your Brake System There’s more to your car’s brakes than just the discs and calipers. John Dickens takes an in-depth look at the areas of your system that might benefit from upgrading to improve your car’s stopping ability.
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The brake pads (and the shoes in a drum brake) are the components which actually stop the car by using friction to convert the kinetic (movement) energy of the vehicle into heat. This heat is initially absorbed into the pad and disc and then has to be dispersed into the surrounding air before the next brake application. A brake pad consists of a shaped steel backing plate with the friction material bonded to it (Fig 1). On a road pad the friction material will be around 10–12mm thick when new and will be useable until it is worn down to perhaps 3– 4mm. Most production cars have a pad wear indicator wire bonded into the friction material. This makes electrical contact with the disc to illuminate a warning light
when the friction material is worn down to the specified limit. The original friction materials were based on asbestos, but due to the health risks associated with this substance safer alternatives had to be found. Modern brake pads use, depending on their intended application, polymers, mineral fibres, metal fibres, Kevlar, ceramics and sintered metal particles. The stopping ability of a brake pad depends on its Coefficient of Friction (μ). This is the ratio between the force pressing the pad onto the disc and the frictional force produced by the pad (Fig 2).
depending on the disc material, the pad material and, most importantly, the temperature. All brake pads have an optimum temperature range where they produce their maximum stopping power. If they are above or below their optimum temperatures they will still generate some friction but will not be at their most efficient. If they overheat severely they can reach a threshold temperature where the coefficient of friction falls away rapidly and the
Part 02 stopping power of the brakes becomes severely impaired. This is known as brake fade. If the overheating condition is addressed quickly and the pads are allowed to cool down, their full performance will normally be restored, but extreme overheating of the friction material can cause permanent damage and degradation of performance, in which case new pads will be needed. Severe overheating can also cause the discs to warp. The operating conditions experienced by the brake pads on a small family car will be very different to those found on a Nascar race car and to take
Coefficient of Friction = Friction force/Clamping force.
account of these variations brake manufacturers produce a wide range of pads with different friction materials tailored to specific applications. To optimise braking performance it is vital to select the correct pad material for its intended use. The most important factor in brake pad selection is its operating temperature range (Fig 4). Standard road pads will work well from below 0deg C up to around 350deg C but performance will begin to drop off above this temperature. They may begin to fade after repeated hard use. Competition pads, on the other hand, will continue to work well even at 800–900deg C but will show greatly reduced stopping power at low temperatures. If used on the road they may never get hot enough to work efficiently. Disc wear is also a consideration if non-standard pads are used. Pads designed for general road use are normally quite gentle on the discs themselves, but some of the
metallic competition pads can be much more aggressive and will cause significant disc wear. Some manufacturers carefully match their pad and disc materials to give the best combination of braking performance and wear rate and it may be that a change to an alternative pad from another manufacturer will disturb this balance. This is one reason why braking upgrades are often supplied as complete kits of matched parts (Fig 5).
BRAKE DISCS (ROTORS) Originally, brake discs were made from cast iron around 8–12 mm thick and were machined dead flat on each working surface (Fig 6). Many cars still use this basic design. The disc mounting bell or top hat is normally integral with the disc on production cars. It may be bolted to the wheel hub or may simply be trapped between the wheel and the hub and secured by the wheel bolts or nuts.
Pads designed for different applications have different temperature ranges.
As vehicle performance increased and brake temperatures rose, vented discs were introduced (Fig 7). These are essentially two thinner discs separated by a gap so that air can actually flow between the braking surfaces. This effectively doubles the surface area available for cooling and greatly reduces the disc temperatures. In some designs there are curved internal vanes in the air gap between the braking surfaces. These are designed to throw the air out of the disc like a centrifugal fan producing a much greater cooling airflow. These discs are normally handed and must be fitted on the correct side of the car. More recent developments include drilling or slotting the disc. A drilled disc has small holes across the entire braking surface of the disc. They are normally drilled in a curved radial pattern (Fig 7). Drilling the disc improves braking in several ways. The edges of the holes continuously clean the pad surface as well as providing
increased brake bite. The holes also prevent gases from building up between the pad and the disc surface. The same effects can also be achieved by machining radial slots in the disc surface (Fig 8). These produce the same increase in braking performance without the risk of the small cracks which may sometimes form around the edges of the holes in drilled discs. It is not unusual for high performance brake discs to have separate bolt-on mounting bells, often made from a different material. Brembo has recently introduced a floating disc system using a cast iron rotor and a billet aluminium mounting bell. The disc is not bolted to the bell, but is mounted using sprung bushes. These allow it to float slightly both axially and radially. The disc is able to expand and contract slightly in use without introducing stresses into the mounting system. Motorcycles have used floating discs for many years but it is not a development commonly found in
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A selection of typical brake pads.
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60 TECH TALK John Dickens continues his look at different engine configurations.
A vented disc showing the slots for air to flow.
64 WARP 8 RESTORATION
The insane 1970s Warp 8 returns to CKC’s pages. Welcome back!
68 UPGRADING YOUR BRAKES – PART TWO
John Dickens continues his in-depth look at how to upgrade your complete braking system. Don’t miss it.
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GCSEs and a three week trip to Florida! Anyway, after a little thought, the profile for the dash was templated using card. This is the method I’ve used for all the ally panels and it works really well. The body was dropped into place, the card offered up and the shape drawn around the profile of the body. This was then transferred onto ally but a problem quickly presented itself. The bottom of the dash requires a nice curved radius and I wasn’t sure what I could use to form this. I hunted all around the workshop but couldn’t find anything suitable. It was at the point that Rhys reminded me of the Give Way sign outside our house! Perfect. Not sure what the
Teplate for the dash, like all aluminium panels in the car, was first made in cardboard
A new reporter joins the team, and others finally reach completion.
to form a template for the panel. Curve created using nearby signpost!
Well placed beside the driver.
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neighbours thought though! Once the dash was mounted, we were able to produce a switch panel for the right hand side. This again turned out much better than I could have hoped for. Durite rocker switches do the job nicely and give me the look I was after. I also invested in the correct block connectors to make the job nice and tidy. This again was all powder coated to match the rest of the car, except the dash which we’re going to cover in vinyl. From the pictures you can see the final position for my battery; this has been supported and braced underneath the paneling. Next, thoughts went to wiring and placing the ECU and fuse boxes. I didn’t want an exposed look on the front under the bonnet, so I’ve mounted all the electrics in the
passenger side pod. I’ve also bought a universal loom and have been looking at what I need to add and what needs to come out. Wiring from the engine to the ECU runs nicely through the rear of the pod and it picks its power off the short run from the fuse box. Last job done this time has required some more anxious cutting of the precious body! Sylva supplies the rear lights for the kit and, after a small bit of modification, they fit nicely. The rears of the units are glassed in, which means the lenses can be removed without the lights falling apart. Again the finished look is very pleasing.
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DRAW A LINE under all that you thought you knew about the Toniq... a car designed by a bunch of students in 2002, sort of developed in tandem with an established kit car manufacturer a year later before being pulled from pillar to post in one of the most tortured gestation periods we’ve ever witnessed. Put all that to the back of your mind, take a deep breath and open your eyes on a brand new car... the Toniq! There is really only one thing that links the car in these pictures with that original styling exercise... original designer and owner throughout, Colin Williams. Like a dog with a bone, he has wrestled the Toniq from promising design sketch to what you see here and, finally, we are looking at the real deal. And it’s still a looker. While kit car devotees may have become accustomed to the Toniq’s styling, newcomers are still impressed. Just the day before our drive, the engine was being finally set-up by Omex Technology and when parked outside its unit the car caused great interest with the company’s neighbours,
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Typhoon’s Valdris has just passed its IVA test. Adam Wilkins is the first person outside of the factory to drive it.
“WOW,” MOUTHED THE teenage lad to himself as we drove by. When we stopped for fuel, a girl of about the same age couldn’t believe what she was seeing, and her eyes lit up the size of saucers. It’s the same story wherever we go. Even the wildlife appears to realise it’s seeing something far beyond the ordinary when it claps eyes on the Typhoon Valdris. All kit cars draw attention to themselves and get some form of reaction, so it
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For the Best Brakes Buy British. Hi Spec Motorsport are British manufacturers and suppliers of brake conversions, kits, components and a wide range of accessories. For all your braking requirements or just for advice give us a call. Whats stopping you? The popular Hi Spec Economy Conversions offer the most powerful lightweight calipers, on a wide range of disc / rotor sizes. Our economy conversion is designed to be a cost effective braking solution for those on a budget but still offers the same superb quality as all our other conversions! To keep the cost to a minimum, the economy conversion is only available with silver calipers and plain discs/rotors pads and hoses whilst not included are available separately.
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Quick lift brackets. Polished Stainless Steel: £187.30 inc VAT set 4. Also, Black powder coat steel: £187.30 inc VAT set 4.
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Cobra Wheel Arch Spats. Hand-made from sheet Aluminium. May require slight trimming at the body edge to fit your Cobra. £112.80 inc VAT pair
Cobra Wind Deflectors Poly-Carbon or Toughened Glass, with quality Chrome on Brass Friction Hinges. Measure 16.00” x 7.00” / 403mm x 176mm. Polycarbon: CWD - £69.21 pair Tough Glass: CWDTG - £84.60 pair
AC Alloy Pedal Pads. Either, Flat-backed (CS813) or, with cast-Aluminium blocks (CAPP1) on rear to allow for individual fitment.
T304 polished stainless roll bars. Single roll bars: £129.25 inc VAT. Double roll bars: £164.50 inc VAT.
MGTF Door Latch Mechanisms.
The ultimate fuel cap. Polished Aluminium Aston. Overall dia. 4.75” (122mm). Roller catch or snap-shut. Standard or SVA compliant. Smaller versions available.
£99.88 inc VAT set
Chrome plated nudge bars. Front nudge bars: £229.13 inc VAT. Rear nudge bars: £229.13 inc VAT. T304 quality Stainless Steel SVA compliant Cobra sidepipes. Popular 3.5” dia. with choice of single or quad inlets. State engine size when ordering. Prices on application.
Monza, Aston, or Aero Caps.
With Blocks: £42.30 inc VAT pair Flat-Backed: £23.49 inc VAT pair
Front & Rear Light Packs for R/H & L/H drive cars.
Ford Motorsport Rocker Covers. From £193.88 inc VAT set
Universal Black handbrake lever: £46.00 inc VAT.
As Pictured: 289/302/351W: £152.75 set 5.0L/302 EFI: £233.83 set
Trim rings & gaiters available.
Also, Dashboard Lights & Switches to suit.
T304 polished stainless nudge bars. Front nudge bars: £105.75 inc VAT. Rear nudge bars: £135.13 inc VAT.
Universal Polished Stainless Steel handbrake lever c/w microswitch for park light: £152.95 inc VAT.
Cobra over-riders. SVA compliant available. Front & Rear, or Universal. From £35.24 inc VAT each.
PB Ford: £28.79 inc VAT each Quickshift gear lever replica: from £54.05 inc VAT.
GTD5 Cobra Wheel. Wheel & Tyre combinations for any type of drive train. 15” to 20” dia. in all widths. Black or Silver centres. Call us for your application & price.
Cobra 3-Lock Set 2x Door. 1x Boot. All lock using the same key. £69.33 inc VAT
Cobra Windscreens. SVA compliant Chrome-on-Brass frames & side pillars. Choice of Clear, Tinted, or with a Green Sun-Band. Sun-Visors & Wind-Wings also available.
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The Cobra Set £449 including VAT & Delivery (UK Only) Set consists of: • 100mm Electronic Programmable Speedometer • 100mm Electronic Tachometer 4/6/8/10*/12*cyl • 52mm Fuel Level Gauge • 52mm Water Temperature Gauge • 52mm Oil Pressure Gauge • 52mm Voltmeter • Speedometer Sensor M12x1mm • Water Temperature Sensor 1/8”NPTF • Oil Pressure Sensor (inc. Warning Light Switch) • Fuel Level Sender Unit • Choice of Black or White Background Dials • SVA Compliant Bezels • Full Wiring Instructions Included • Traditional Floodlit Illumination
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Shaun Kemp’s Raw Fulcrum
THIS IS ALMOST certainly the first time Toyo R888 tyre tracks have been laid in the dust of this Suffolk gravel pit. Despite being surrounded by vast piles of aggregate, intimidating machinery and heavily laden tipper trucks, Shaun Kemp’s Raw Fulcrum still manages to look aggressive. It has presence that belies its tiny dimensions; it is, after all,
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We covered the construction of the first privately built Raw Fulcrum in last month’s issue – now it’s time to examine the stealthy Fireblade powered track day warrior in its completed form. that sold Shaun on the idea of building a kit car. He had taken his Toyota Celica GT4 to its first track day at Snetterton. One passenger ride in the Striker convinced him that he needed to sell the Toyota and build something a little more focussed. “Every time we got to a corner, I thought we were going to die, but the car just turned in and stuck to the road,” he says.
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a Striker. Once he’d seen the Fulcrum parked next to a Striker in AB’s workshop, he was sold on the styling. He also liked the extra feeling of security offered by the fuller body. Throughout the build, Shaun dealt only with AB Performance and has only good words to say about Andy’s service. “The first time I met him,” says Shaun, “he told me that he doesn’t operate like other companies. You become a friend who also happens to be a customer.” This approach was epitomised when it was all hands on deck to get the car ready for its SVA test; they worked through to 5am after the head gasket blew at the eleventh hour. As you may have read last month, Raw has just passed into the hands of new owners. AB will continue to be an agent for the company. It’s believed that this is the first privately built Fulcrum to reach completion and its scarcity gives it great kudos in the track day paddock. Its unique styling creates a level of intrigue that a Seven style roadster wouldn’t and most people are genuinely surprised to learn that it’s a kit car. Shaun often fields questions about the car, although he does sometimes enjoy standing back and watching the gathered crowds trying to figure out the car’s identity for themselves; usually they can’t. Having something that stands out from the crowd is a big part of the Fulcrum’s appeal for Shaun. He may have hastily sold his Celica, promptly ordered the kit and even completed the build much more quickly than he anticipated, but nothing about it looks rushed. Being a CNC machinist by trade, Shaun has a natural aptitude for working out how things fit together and work. That background has certainly helped the creation of a well built kit car. Most people assume this is a low volume production car. That’s not surprising as it’s a tidy example that does full justice to the modern styling.
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