The reality was that the process is far from simple and there are many decisions to be made along the way and problems to overcome. First step was to decide on the mechanical components that I was going to use as they determine a lot of the design criteria. I purchased a complete Mazda MX5 NC as my donor vehicle and a selection of steel tubing, I was then ready to begin the process. I obtained a great set of detailed plans from Formula Motor Sport in Queensland and incorporated many of their ideas into my chassis.
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Colin Chapman made the 7 at Lotus back in the sixties. It was a front-engined, rear wheel drive sports car. Since Chapman made it, it was very minimalist and light weight. The design is so good they are still being made by Caterham, who now owns the rights to the 7 , and are widely copied. Companies like Brunton and Westfield make pre-fabbed kits that bolt together with some donor parts, like a Factory Five kit.
Prices are comparable to the Five as well — pricey. The origin of the 7 clone is the Locost. Coveland Motorsports makes a frame not really a kit at all that saves the time and effort of building your own. Since the whole point of the Locost is bolting a light drivetrain to a very light tube frame, the Miata is a great choice.
The Coveland frame has brackets for all sorts of Miata parts, such as engine mounts, differential, e-brake, and more. This bracketry work is a real pain, since it has to be very precise.
Using a jig, Coveland is able to use economies of scale to make a frame that sell for about twice what it would cost me to make, but is of better build quality, and available anytime. It also saves me hundreds of hours of labor and means the Locost will be ready to drive many months sooner. The donor is key. There are millions of Miatae Miata-geek plural of Miata out there, and many are the first-gen models. From to , Mazda used a 1. From to they went to a 1. Miata parts are quite valuable, and wrecked cars are tough to find.
Finding one is proving to be a real challenge, and I may jump on a 1. Go to content Go to navigation Go to search. Philip Maynard. Projects Racing Resume. Locost plans and donor hunt.
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Colin Chapman made the 7 at Lotus back in the sixties. It was a front-engined, rear wheel drive sports car. Since Chapman made it, it was very minimalist and light weight. The design is so good they are still being made by Caterham, who now owns the rights to the 7 , and are widely copied. Companies like Brunton and Westfield make pre-fabbed kits that bolt together with some donor parts, like a Factory Five kit. Prices are comparable to the Five as well — pricey.
Users browsing this forum: Google [Bot] and 1 guest. Posted: Fri Dec 05, am. I have been browsing for a while, and am excited to start my build. Donor is stripped, and i am about to cut steel.
A Locost is a home-built car. Front suspension is usually double wishbone with coil spring struts. The rear is traditionally live axle , but has many variants including independent rear suspension or De Dion tube. Body panels are usually fiberglass nose and wings and aluminium side panels. Each car is highly individualized according to the resources, needs and desires of each respective builder. The original design was intended to be built from scratch. However, the design has become so popular that several fabricators have begun producing the chassis in kit car form.