• Test fitting the rear fibreglass body panels – custom sports car build – Delta Ligero

    January 10th, 2017 | by
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    After the first lot of rear custom fibreglass body panels were successfully pulled out of the moulds, the crew at Joe Bradley Fibreglass carefully gave them a trim and a tidy, and cut out all of the areas that are going to be air intakes or mesh on the final car. Then it was time to test fit the panels onto the rolling chassis and get our first true impression of what the rear end of the Ligero will look like. 

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    The cut out areas in the rear panel of the car will have mesh inserted into them to vent air out the back of the engine bay. The circular depressions are naturally going to have the triple tail lights in them, and the lower, outer vents will have the dual exhaust tips vertically stacked on each side. Below is a cardboard mockup of the badge work for the rear of the car with the black cardboard representing the mesh.

    A small amount of remedial cutting and pasting of the side sills of the chassis was required for a perfect fit of the body.

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    Then finally the Ligero could be lowered from the stands to get a feel for its road stance. Naturally this will require a bit of fine tuning as the back end gets loaded up with the AMG 5.5L V8 and Porsche 996 transaxle. Another factor that we have considered is that the custom Bilstein shocks are designed for a Corvette C5, which is a front-engined car, so it will be interesting to see how they perform in the setting of a mid-engined configuration. Only time will tell.

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    The final component to test fit on the rear was the wing, which is currently still in its body plug stage. Here’s a sneak preview of how it is going to look, complete with one of the early edition of Delta badges!

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    And finally a walk around and description of the build to date with the prototype Ligero back at Trickey Performance Engineering. It’s back to Andrew now to work his magic again and continue to build.

    Until next time, cheers, dan.

     

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  • Tricky Performance Engineering – Custom Car experts

    November 10th, 2016 | by
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    After scouring the country for the right company to tackle Project Delta and bring my car to life, I was finally recommended to get in touch with Andrew from Tricky Performance Engineering in Burpengary, Queensland. After talking with Andrew from Tricky I immediately knew that I had found my man for the task, and we scheduled the car in to be trucked up to his workshop and resurrected.

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    I met Andrew at the Tricky Performance Engineering workshop and we went over the project with the engineer who would be signing off on the build. Some immediate issues were discovered. Firstly, due to the taper at the rear of the car’s bodywork the rear lights were positioned too far in from the widest point of the car to be considered roadworthy by the current legislation. This small point in itself meant a complete redesign of the rear of the car. As we dug deeper into the proposed build we also discovered that the space frame was going to need some significant work to render it capable of passing the torsional and side intrusion testing, and that the suspension, brakes and steering were not going to be safe to handle the new proposed AMG power plant. 

    After deliberating over the pros and cons of rebuilding the existing chassis versus starting again from scratch, the decision was made to start again. In designing the new space frame Andrew realised that the wheelbase of the car was disproportionately short for its massive 2200mm width, and approximately 1000mm shorter than any contemporary Supercar of similar proportions. Realising that this short wheelbase would have adverse effects on handling, a decision was made to lengthen the car by approximately 1000mm, with the subsequent implication that the body would need to be revised accordingly. Still undeterred I gave the project the green light, and unable to let go of my teenage dream of driving one of these cars, Project Delta (or a variation of) was still a go!