Building a modern racing car from scratch is more than a little like building a house. To the casual bystander, long periods of time pass by with apparently very little happening. Just like house construction, there are in fact a lot of sub assemblies being prepared and components being created in readiness for final assembly. Suddenly, a lot of things seem to happen all at once.
While we wouldn’t say we’re quite at that stage yet, there are right now a lot of assemblies being added to the car and it’s finally beginning to look like a racing car.
One of the most morale boosting components is, of course, the engine. We’re carrying over the same Audi RS6 based V8 twin turbo from the old car. Checked and overhauled by engine builder Mark Hardy, it had been sitting patiently in it’s stand ready to be installed. The twin turbos were removed some time ago and overhauled in readiness. they’ve been sitting on the shelf, awaiting their turn.
John at Fiber Lite has fabricated many new mountings and positions for the ancillaries that the engine needs including new positions for both cooling radiators and intercoolers, both of which are custom made. The gearbox is now installed in the main carbon bulkhead, meaning that along with the mounting points, we now have something to fit the engine to.
Other vital details that the team have been busy working at over the months have included a new throttle linkage, a carbon header tank and a carbon fibre bellhousing. Only after all of these components have been manufactured can the actual assembly begin.
It’s an exciting time for us, as very soon The Driver will be able to sit in the car and listen to a real engine running, instead of replaying those sounds in his head. Once we’re confident that all the systems are functioning as designed, it will be ready for a short shakedown test before serious work commences on setup and tuning of the whole package.