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Little Red Booster Returns

Post  Bracpan on Sun Mar 06, 2016 7:55 pm

I have been working on my race Riley Elf "The Little Red Booster" ( Google in Images to see it) for a little while now.
I will soon be starting to show some pictures etc as the car progresses.
It will be a 1.3 Turbo motor with a bit of a twist, not road legal this time, you will see why soon.
Full Space frame chassis, flat floor, very low stance (70mm ground clearance) and a very high power to weight ratio.
I now have a lot of the parts together so things should progress a bit quicker from now on ( Fingers crossed)
Speak soon
Phil

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Post  boris710 on Mon Mar 07, 2016 10:45 am

Good news Phil ! Cool Cool Cool

Do you still want to borrow my "Mutants" rear bumper cos the car is 'off the road' right now while i wait for some better weather to get it through its MOT. Shocked
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Post  Bracpan on Mon Mar 07, 2016 10:13 pm

Hi
Yes I will do but not started Fibre Glassing yet, that will be when the welding is finished and the weather is a bit better..
I will get everything ready so it will only take a weekend to make the mould.
Speak soon
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Post  boris710 on Tue Mar 08, 2016 11:26 am

OK Phil, no worries, just let me know when you are ready. Cool
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Post  ELF SCARE on Thu Mar 10, 2016 11:36 pm

looking forward to the return of the little red booster happy building Phil
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Post  ELF SCARE on Sun Oct 23, 2016 9:07 pm

how,s the build going ?
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Post  Bracpan on Sun Oct 23, 2016 10:34 pm

I have been held up waiting for the rear hubs to be machined, they are with the 3rd company now, but I had a test one brought over last week and they look great so the others will me machined ASAP.

Chassis is more of less done, the front suspension is all mocked up and working and so is the steering, so getting there, once I get the hubs back I can make the rear suspension arms and then I can put the car on its wheels so I can start the bodywork, all the arches have to be redone as the car sits a lot lower this time.

While i am doing the body I hope to have the engine rebuilt so its ready to install when the chassis is finished and painted... plenty yo keep me busy.
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Post  Bracpan on Tue Jan 10, 2017 12:01 am

Its now on its wheels and the Body has been placed over the Chassis ready to be fixed then I can make a start on the body as a lot of the panels have to be adjusted due to the lower ride height.

The is an article about the Elf on the Mini Spares Web Site please have a look at the link below. More to come soon .

http://www.minispares.com/article/Minispares~Diary/Riley~Elf~(The~Little~Red~Booster)~.aspx?ids=2|5988&perma=riley-elf-the-little-red-booster


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Post  ELF SCARE on Tue Jan 10, 2017 11:38 pm

looking good Phil
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Post  Bracpan on Thu Aug 30, 2018 10:23 pm

Its now looking like a car again, most of the moulds and panels have been built, once its close to running i will start to release pics of the build.

I have decided to have the motor rebuilt my a specialist as he has been building these kind of engines for years with amazing results. Power you would never believe possible from a 1.3 engine.

It also looks as if it will be Ferrari Red again.

And as i thought it will be low....very very low front spilter is 60mm off the ground, chassis is 70mm and the top of the roof is 1.1M( 43-1/4")...
Im just sorting out all the undertrays and deffusers at the moment then I can refit the engine to double check everything before it gets rebuilt.

Then its paint and final build...

Still a lot to do but a small bit of light at the end of the very long tunnel.
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Post  Red Riley on Fri Aug 31, 2018 1:42 am

Looking forward to seeing it!

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Post  Bracpan on Mon Dec 10, 2018 2:09 pm

I almost swapped my engine/power last week,,,for electric power.
I was speaking to two companies, one for the Engine and controls the other for the Batteries ...and both bases not to far away.
The motor was the smaller unit from a Tesla and is very compact and powerful and I would have only needed 6 batteries because we don't race very long....it would have had close to 300bhp and had massive potential with the electronic controls, launch control, variable throttle, traction control etc,,,,I could even programmed it for different hills etc ....the weight was not a big problem and could have all been placed very very low in the car and we could have had perfect balance as well... charging would have been easy with either a 13a socket or a generator if needed.
So why did I not go for it ?
The cost it would have come to around £18,000...(I think they still have a long way to go to convince people )....the batteries were nearly £4000 alone...
Shame as it would have been a very very interesting development and a good advert for electric power and the companies involved....
Back to the old combustion engine....with Turbo Smile
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