• Rear space frame construction – Delta Ligero custom sports car

    February 1st, 2017 | by
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    After a bit of time consolidating the build so far and planning the next stage, it’s all systems go on the rear bulkhead build and the completion of the rear space frame to support the rear body panels. The rear engine cover panel will be divided into two sections – a clear perspex section over the engine itself, and a hinged section at the rear to allow access to the transaxle, rear drivetrain components and exhaust. And who knows, there may even be room somewhere in there for a little bit of rear boot space!

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    True to form for a car of this nature, the rear vision out of the back window will be quite limited! We should be able to trim the existing bodywork to improve it somewhat. 

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    The next job is to finish off the rear superstructure and to source and mount some radiators on the flanks of the rear to capitalise on the airflow from the huge side vents. Until next time…

  • 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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