February 4, 2009

Lotus Seven S2 Blueprints


I got hold of a copy of a set of blueprints done by Pat Prince from Prince Race Car Engineering. They are supposedly a 100% accurate blueprint of an original Lotus Seven S2 chassis and based on SB1172.

There are also a few drawings of unknown origin but all in all pretty interesting. Let me know if you want me to look up a measurement or you have questions in regards to the tubing.


October 1, 2008

Parts list


Finally the list of needed parts to repair the front end of the car have been generated after taking the entire front end apart.

Here's what's needed:

* Anti-roll bar
* 2 pcs. anti-roll bar mounting blocks
* 2 pcs. toplink
* 2 pcs. lower wishbone
* Steering gear
* 2 pcs. track rod end balljoint
* Right side Steering arm
* 2 pcs. engine mounting rubbers
* Radiator
* 2 pcs. fender pipings for flared fenders
* Set of bushes needed for both left and right site. My count on the attached pic gives the following: 4 pcs. 636 bush, 8 pcs. Y9 bush
* 2 pcs. front dampers/springs.

Now we just need to find somewhere to source the parts. I'll be trying Redline Components first as I think they are able to supply all parts and that will make the shipping costs lower.

See the picture below where I have marked the needed parts.

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August 19, 2008

Hill Climb in the rain = crash


On Sunday the 10th of August everything was ready for the best Hill Climb in the series. The route is perfect and very difficult but unfortunately the weather was bad with lots of rain. Half ways through the course on the second trail run disaster stroke and I under steered directly into the cause barrier. The right front wheel hit the barrier and was pushed into the body of the car. Lots of pieces were broken in the suspension, the radiator was damages and the antirollbar was bent.
The accident was caused by a very wet road (and of course me driving to fast in this conditions) due to the rainy weather and even though I drove very slowly when hitting the barrier the car was badly damages. The repair will take a lot of work and several new parts.

Seeing what kind of damages the car took at this low speed accident I’ve started to reevaluate the sanity in using it for Hill Climbs. The combination of driving in the fastest class and having a minimum of racing experience might not be the best cocktail. As I’m only racing in the Hill Climb series I have no change of training giving me a total of less than 30 minutes of race experience in the car. This is further problematic in a wet race as I never drive the car in the wet and only have driven one trip back in 2006 in the rain. This was on the old springs, dampers and tires and therefore hasn’t given me much knowledge of how the car behaves when it’s slippery. Maybe it would be better to find an old Kadett or something like that in Germany and race that in class 8 where the speed is considerable lower.
Let’s see how the repair comes along and how the feeling towards this issue is when the Seven is once again ready for racing…

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June 9, 2008

Historic car event


SB1403 was part of an event where a lot of vintage cars met up letting people admire all the nice cars.

Check out the pictures her