V6 Caterham??

V6 Caterham??

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Oilchange

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6,785 posts

224 months

Monday 12th December 2011
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I'm curious, if my 156 decides to disintegrate due to tin worm, are there options to implant the rather special Arese V6 into something a little more sporting?

Just a thought...

If not a Caterfield, then what else?

Cheers
drunk. drunk

ewenm

28,506 posts

209 months

Tuesday 13th December 2011
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I'm sure it'd be possible with enough bodging modification, but it depends how experimental you want to be. The engine bay in a Caterham is quite tight so it depends on the physical size of the engine (and ancilliaries) you're trying to fit. Then there's the challenge of connecting it to a gearbox etc.

Possibly dropping it into a classic Alfa spider/coupe of some sort might be easier.

Markp13

422 posts

124 months

Tuesday 13th December 2011
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Has anyone else thought about a rx8 engined caterham?

Apart from the fuel bills I imagine it would be a perfect match.

Smollet

6,189 posts

154 months

Tuesday 13th December 2011
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There is a rotary engined 7 out there somewhere

Markp13

422 posts

124 months

Tuesday 13th December 2011
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Smollet said:
There is a rotary engined 7 out there somewhere
Is it any food do you know?

I had a 04 plate 231ps rx8 from new and it was mince but I imagine the engine would compliment the 7 quite well.

Sam_68

9,939 posts

209 months

Wednesday 14th December 2011
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Oilchange said:
If not a Caterfield, then what else?
I'm pretty sure you'll find that it's too big for the Caterham's engine bay, but it's been done a few times with the Dax Rush. Inline gearbox required, of course.

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S47

1,277 posts

144 months

Wednesday 14th December 2011
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Engine far too heavy - would wreck the handling of a caterham.

Steve-B

636 posts

246 months

Wednesday 14th December 2011
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The rotary Se7en lives near Hartley Whitney and a very nice bloke named Bill owns it. It took him a while but I'm informed it works a treat!

The Buick V-6 is certainly a viable power plant and will easily fit into an SV, and I suspect most any Caterham. Cheap as chips to buy from
the US and ship here. Were you to get one, I'd straight away hand it to Rob @ RatRace to turn into a monster performance platform as he's a genius with US lumps!

Evo10

30 posts

119 months

Monday 2nd January 2012
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You could pop that big old engine in an S4 then the handling would match the looksvomit.......Joking aside

Its not the best engine for what you want to do, its weight rules it out of any type of lightweight sports car tomfoolery. Shame though as they do sound nice on full chat, maybe use it in a TVR....Clutching at straws there though..

Sam_68

9,939 posts

209 months

Monday 2nd January 2012
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Oilchange said:
If not a Caterfield, then what else?
A Stratos replica would be the obvious, tried-and-tested option?

ArosaMike

2,852 posts

175 months

Tuesday 3rd January 2012
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Someone was building a carbon bodied bike based V6 Caterham. Can only find one picture of it at the moment:


DaveK-S1

259 posts

165 months

Tuesday 3rd January 2012
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Mike

That is/was the car being built for Richard/Carbon Bits, using a RST V6 using 2 yamaha 3 cylinder snow mobile engines on a comman crankcase, with a sadev 6speed box.

It was being completed by Carbon bits, but as they have now stopped trading, i think one of the guys was trying to finish it off for Richards widow.

The V6 was circa 380bhp n/a or 500+ supercharged


ArosaMike

2,852 posts

175 months

Wednesday 4th January 2012
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DaveK-S1 said:
Mike

That is/was the car being built for Richard/Carbon Bits, using a RST V6 using 2 yamaha 3 cylinder snow mobile engines on a comman crankcase, with a sadev 6speed box.

It was being completed by Carbon bits, but as they have now stopped trading, i think one of the guys was trying to finish it off for Richards widow.

The V6 was circa 380bhp n/a or 500+ supercharged
Yeah...I tried to find the website again, but it seems to have disappeared now. I remember seeing the chassis and engine at Autosport a few years ago and thinking it looked like a fantastic project. Remember reading about Richards death in the Lotus 7 Club magazine......hopefully someone takes on the project and finishes it off.

Pdelamare

645 posts

92 months

Sunday 22nd June 2014
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I have this car now.

I bought this car in January of this year. I was in the middle of building an SV version of the 620 R when I saw An advert for the RiF project car, I dismissed the idea, but after reading about it and realising that I never do things by halves, I made up my mind to acquire it and abandon my original project.

I'd originally planned for it to have been finished already. It's debut was meant to be the Silvertone GP trackday on bank holiday May 26th, but annoying an unexpected 2.5 month delay at Pro Alloy has somewhat ruined all my plans. I took the car straight to Russell Savory for him to complete, it made sense to me as he supplied the car in the first place and has all the drawings and knowledge to finish it to the standard it deserves.

It'll be registered soon as a Caterham Levante Superlight. Hopefully it'll be appearing in Low Flying in a few months time as a sort of closure to the long running project along with everyone who's been involved with it, including Henrietta Lee.

Anyway, it's just about to leave Pro Alloy and they've kindly supplied some pictures of the build which I thought I'd share with anyone that's interested. There's also pics I took when I saw t for the first time.















Edited by Pdelamare on Sunday 22 June 15:51

ExpatKiwi

11 posts

104 months

Monday 23rd June 2014
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Looks like a stunning build. Good work!

doclip

343 posts

187 months

Monday 23rd June 2014
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I have seen a luego vento with an alfa V6 3.2 shoe horned in there -bet it makes a lovely noise

Pdelamare

645 posts

92 months

Thursday 15th January 2015
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There has been progress. The car starts and runs now, though I haven't driven it anywhere as I'm still waiting for the air box/filter/duct arrangement to be finished next week. Once this is done I hope to get on a track day somewhere to start bedding it in and dialling in the suspension a bit, plus scaring myself silly, hopefully.

The replacement carbon fibre bits have been matt satin wrapped in an attempt to leave as much of the CF showing as possible. The bonnet has been sun damaged whilst stored so we're going to try re-lacquering it, and if this doesn't work I may paint the whole car in such a way to leave some of it showing.


http://youtu.be/w-RRKGZGEe0







bdev

59 posts

193 months

Friday 16th January 2015
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Awesome!

mickrick

3,574 posts

137 months

Friday 16th January 2015
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It's great to see it nearing completion. smile

As for the OP, a Stratos replica would be my choice wink The ListerBell would be my kit of choice. This should wet your appetite http://www.listerbell.com/

rubystone

11,252 posts

223 months

Friday 16th January 2015
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Must be the last car Russ will build?