Bob,New here, I have been considering building a SLC for a couple years, and now I find myself with the time and resources to do it. I know it is probably anathema around here to bring it up, but I think a really "sick" drive train might be a pure electric or hybrid. I have searched these forums and there is very little mention of hybrid or pure electric builds.
Fabulous, Howard Jones ! thanks for the support. As Jason Fenske says in Engineering Explained, more power equals more weight. We get so enamored of the highest horsepower figure that we forget we are making our car slower by chasing it. The best horsepower to weight ratio is what I would be after. And gt40fran said that with 400 horsepower, the SLC is really quick. So, why not 400 horsepower with the least weight possible?The original first "SLC" type of idea that Fran had was a transverse arrangement. Way back when I even talked to him about a complete Audi 1.8T TT package kind of setup. The weight distribution would have been near perfect with the engine in sideways and the gearbox located right behind it. I think the total package for a 2ish litter 4 banger transverse gearbox would be near 200 pounds lighter than a LS/ 6 speed transaxle. A foot or more less in length also. This would reduce the overall mass of the car as well and maybe we could get down to that magical 1 ton weight target.
Generally here is what the engine and gearbox would look like. The head is crossflow so in amid engine layout the hot parts, header, turbo and exhaust would be behind the engine and the intake track in front against the firewall.
But in the end you have to sell them and most people who want to build one of these kind of car wants a V8 or better.
Naaaah...Bonneville doesn't really ring my chimes. I'm an old fuddy-duddy in that area.Have you ever been to Bonneville for Speed Week Larry? It should be on your "bucket list".
'Little bit too complicated mating one of those to a Graziano 6-speed, Rich! ;-)Larry I heard Fran has a Mig fighter engine laying around. Just saying.......
That doesn't mean I'm interested in WATCHING speed events, Neil...especially on salt! ;-)But Larry, you said that you were interested in top speed. Last fall a wheel-driven car posted an exit speed of just over 500 mph!
No matter what you may have seen out on the salt, Neil, it doesn't negate my point.Awww, c'mon Larry. I've seen a couple of Ferraris out there plus a 300SL gull-wing and a FF Daytona.
...and I could be persuaded to do that...if I already had the car I have in mind...which I don't...and, given my age, 'never will.Alternatively, you can run at the El Mirage dry lake. You'll get dirty but no rust or corrosion from running at Elmo.