Synopses & Reviews
The all-color practical Build Your Own Sports Car provides all the information needed to build a road-going two-seater, open-top sports car on a budget, using standard tools, basic skills and low-cost materials. The down-to-earth text clearly explains each step along the road to producing a well-engineered, high-performance sports car, providing a learning experience in engineering and design - and opening up a whole new world of fun motoring.
The Haynes Roadster, which has fully independent rear suspension, has been designed with the aid of CAD software to develop the chassis and suspension, resulting in a car with performance and handling to challenge many established kit cars and mainstream sports cars. The design is intended to make use of components sourced primarily from a Ford Sierra donor, although alternative donors are mentioned.
Octane (UK), June 1, 2007
“Well-written and superbly laid-out. It should be inspirational for boys and girls of all ages.”
The book is a completely new replacement for the Haynes classic Build a Sports Car for as Little as 250- and Race It that has become severely out of date, written by the ideal man for the task. The new edition will be based around a Sierra donor car, but alternative donors, probably early Mazda MX-5 and BMW E30 3-Series, will be mentioned throughout. The book will feature an independent rear suspension set-up, as it is now very difficult to build a car with a live axle due to the dearth of donor components. Although a de Dion set-up would be feasible, it would require a completely re-designed chassis and will not therefore be included. The new book will follow the same philosophy as the original, but will be based on using updated donor components, and will incorporate more information for builders who wish to use independent rear suspension, various engine options, etc.
About the Author
We have managed to find the ideal author for this new book, Chris Gibbs, a 42-year-old semiretired web designer and vice secretary, newsletter editor and technical adviser of the Locost Car Club. He has impeccable credentials for the job in hand, as he built his own Locost between 1997 and 1999 and has access to a tremendous database of Locost information through the Locost Car Club, which he currently runs in his spare time. He is currently working on a self-designed single-seater track-day car in the style of a 1960s F1 car, with Sierra running gear and a Honda Fireblade motorcycle engine.