Post by Mystery Machine on Dec 2, 2011 18:57:56 GMT
Well, that's both suitable mental and utterly bonkers. What a lovely piece of kit.
Please don't laugh, but could someone please explain to me the reason for mounting the engine so far to the side and also so far forward? I thought the idea was always to get the engine really far back far better balance?
With that much room to the side of the engine, would it not have been better to route the exhaust/collecter that way rather than right down the front and under the engine? Am I being particularly thick?
All that aside, I LOVE it....it's one of those cars that you just know will be an absolute scream to drive.
Unloved little car plus daft engine always makes me smile.
Nice piece of work and I like how the front end is structural but made part of the styling.
As for mounting it so far forward, is this thing FWD? I can't tell from the pics. The centre tunnel looks pretty low and narrow if this thing is RWD, which I doubt 'cos you'd put the engine north-south onto a prop-shaft as in Locosts. Assuming FWD, perhaps it's so far forward to allow the driveshafts a route to the front wheels. Perhaps it's so far to the side to place the drive flange off the bike engine in the middle of the car.
I'm guessing its a Berg Cup-type hillclimb car (it came from a Croatian Yugo forum), so more weight north of the nose means more weight over the drive wheels than if it was mounted in the usual FWD place? Not sure what the class rules are really but they may say you can't make the car different-wheel-drive from standard but can do allsorts of other fruity things (like bike engines).
I reckon its fwd with an 'ordinary' car gearbox between the engine/bike gearbox and the driveshafts, probably only use the motorbike gearbox when giving it the beans. Would have reverse as well then. Seems to still have a clutch pedal, wonder what its connected to!