got something here which i thought i would share with my fellow ph'ers!
as some of you might have seen the episode of top gear where clarkson was talking about the reliant robin. Reliant (based in tamworth) made more than just the robin, kitten and the (nice)Scimitar! Due to the long history of working with composite bodies and the skill of the work and engineer force, Ford motorsport charged them with the task of building their planned Group B monstarr, The RS 200. 200 homoglation specials of the car they planned to blitz the grp B scene with, had to be built to meet the regulations of the time.
due to the fact i live in tamworth and the sheer time i spend out cleaning my car, i got chatting to my next door neighbour who i happened to know worked for reliant, turns out he was a line engineer on the full production run of (road) RS200's and he happened to have a camera to hand! the following pictures were all taken over the production run from the start to the very end and show some, frankly disgusting car porn!
the chassis ready to start production
Bare chassis, the chassis was apparantly the same material that concorde was constructed from, at the time these were worth £11,000 and had no weight at all
detail underneath, note the way the chassis is held, to allow it to be rolled over during the production process
final engine install
heat shield install
exhast arrangement, look at all that car porn
chassis again, from a different angle
underneath with engine and gearbox installed
fuel tank installation
fitting suspension and brakes
finished rolling chassis
fitting front brakes, im guessing the blue tube is loctite
fitting of the shell and interior
ones they made earier! SPAFF
ready for Quality control checks. double spaff
from the front
being addressed by the boss of ford motorsport! look at all those rs's!
last one to leave the factory, note the 200 on the bonnet to denote the last one made, must be worth a pretty penny now
some of the tales from production he told me boggle the mmind, the torque settings for the engine mounts were different for each chassis and it was VERY easy to strip the threads. Apparently the fuel tanks cost about £1000 each and were in two or three parts, to fit them needed some arm contortion so a lot got damaged and were simply thrown away! All the time, engineers from ford would pop down and test drive the production cars often taking out engineers from BL and oddly lancia! On a final note, some of the cars were sold with non production legal parts fitted, like the brake bias, which was fitted under the carpet next to the transmission tunnel, all you had to do was cut out a section of the carpet and you had brake bias