• Delta Ligero custom car July build update

    July 22nd, 2017 | by
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    The team have been working hard on transplanting the dash from the Boxster into the Ligero prototype. Those of you who have been following the build for a while will know that we were initially planning to use a Mercedes AMG mid clip grafted onto the space frame as a solution for the dash and windscreen. As much as that would have simplified the build, we couldn’t get a driving position that we were happy with due to lack of cabin space, and furthermore it wasn’t going to be reproducible for potential future cars. In the following photos it can be seen that clamps are holding the dash in place whilst it is adjusted to get the position just right for the driver, as well as for the windscreen angle, which will subsequently drive the roof build. 

    Once the dash and windscreen position has been determined it will be possible to finalise the plug for the front clip and then start the mould creation for the first front panels. The other thing that we need to consider is the style of headlights for the car. I’ve got a few ideas.

    Work on the outrageous rear wing is also coming along, here’s the latest mock up. An off the shelf black aluminium wing can be seen positioned on the rear deck of the car, this is being used for styling cues and as a guide for mounting mechanisms for our wing. Of note, the black wing is about 160cm wide, giving some perspective as to just how wide the Ligero prototype is! The other two rectangular foam structures on the rear deck are the plugs for the rear snorkel air outlets. 

     

    Thanks for looking, dan.

     

  • Custom car wheel arch and engine air intake development

    June 21st, 2017 | by
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    The crew at Joe Bradley Fibreglass have been hard at work filling in the missing pieces of the back end of the Ligero, and it’s beginning to look more and more like a car every week! The first matter of business were wheel arches, and after looking at options to fabricate them out of sheet aluminium it was decided that fibreglass was in fact the way to go, and they’ve come up a treat.

     

    It’s a snug fit between the radiator hosing and the front of the wheel arches, but it all shoehorns in nicely.

    Making the wheel arches mate up neatly with the removable rear clamshell has taken some finesse, but Will from JBF is more than equal to the task, creating intricate returns and brackets where required.

    Also under construction has been the vents to channel air into the engine compartment, as well as wooden mock ups of a couple of nostril vents that we plan to have on either side of the rear deck of the car to let the hot air out. 

    The donor Boxster is currently being carefully dissected, with its vital organs being removed for transplant to breathe life into the Ligero. Whilst the Boxster will not provide the power that we want for the car, it is being used for simplicity at this point to get the prototype to the road testing phase. A separate project is underway for a 500hp engine option to be the evolution of the species, but for now we’re going to walk before we run…

    Until next time. Dan.

  • 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!