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Bike engined kit cars / westfields / caterhams in general

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paz


Duplicate post from another site sorry but interested in opinions:

What are peoples thoughts on these and what would you recommend getting if it was your money?

Being looking at megablades, megabusas etc. for a while now, this kind of thing:

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/2010-WEST...953828?hash=item3d0f6f3ea4:g:ys8AAOSwYaFWemFn

But have also been looking at kit cars in general with normal car engines.

I want something that feels raw and fast thats easy to maintain and I don't necessarily need to find a specialist garage to maintain and fix - thats why my pulsar is still off the road.

Any strong options, circa 10k budget.

Ta

Paz

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Bob had a megabussa few years back now i remember him saying it was a handfull round the track ....


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There is a whole racing series with these type of cars (motor bike engined) racing in Australia.

http://www.aussieracingcars.com.au/

Ricks1983

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If you want raw power I would go for a fax rush quadra. They weigh next to nothing and have cosworth yb, so you basically have a Sierra or escort cosworth with much less weight Very Happy

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Dax* not fax

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Like this one .... 12k though but has a 1100 cbr bike engine ...
http://pages.ebay.com/link/?nav=item.view&id=371542489284&globalID=EBAY-GB&alt=web


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paz


Seeing as my first link doesn't seem to work I've been eyeing this one up, just don't know much about them:

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/2010-WESTFIELD-Megabusa-Hayabusa-Bike-Engine-Kit-Car-factory-Built-/262251953828?hash=item3d0f6f3ea4:g:ys8AAOSwYaFWemFn

That Dax is nice, just don't think they're as pretty as the westfields haha.

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Yeah Bobs the man to ask, his one was an animal


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If you want my honest opinion Paz here it is

If you are gonna go with bike engine then get the Hayabusa engine kit car such as westfields Megabusa, or same engine fitted to other type of kit car.
Reason being they are by far the strongest bike engine on the market and if correctly built and baffled properly can produce huge power with reliability. If your a complete and utter loon then bolt a 3071r on one and make well over 450bhp in a car weighing around 450kg with your arse scraping nearly on the floor its scary scary stuff unless of course you don't care about an early appointment with the grim reaper Laughing
I loved my one on the track, nearest thing youll get to the thrills a bike will give you and you7 feel pain at end of day with neck ache and general aches & pains as you need to work the car hard but get it right and corner speed you can carry is Amazing with slicks fitted but get it wrong in one of these coffins and you run the risk of serious injury as they fold up like a pack of playing cards.

I had to get rid of mine as I was simply too big (fat) for it and pit marshalls refused to let me out in it at Brands hatch as my head was around 10'' higher than the roll hoop and as im a bit broad in the shoulder department my upper body was actually over the edge of the main cockpit which they deemed as a real risk should I have crashed lol. Height of hoop I could have sorted but nothing I could do regarding the width unless I took an axe to my upper body.
So before you buy anything make sure you will actually fit in it Wink

Downsides:
freeze your nuts off in the winter

nightmare in the wet as slide all over the place

feel very vunerable on normal road driving as even a new shape Mini looks like an arctic as your so low down

if you wear a helmet driving round town or open roads with one of these cars then you will feel like a right cock as people point at you and you get comments such as think your the stig, what a #anker Laughing but drive without a lid on and get your face pasted in bug flesh and can tell you first hand it fooking hurts when a bee spanks you in the gob or car in front flicks up a stone and smacks you in the face Laughing so choice of 2 evils really.

very very juicy with bike engine screaming at 13k off the limiter, I was forever putting fuel in it and worked out i was getting around 4mpg on track bouncing it off limiter

depending on rear diff fitted will top out at around 125mph as many use freelander diffs and on a track with long straights the big boys will eat you up and spit you out, but youll have last laugh soon as you hit the twistys Wink

So overall.........Brilliant fun on a dry trackday or drifting in the wet but anything other than that they are just not practical in any way shape or form which is why i flogged it.

If the bike engine with sequential shift isn't your scene then go for something car engine based such as vaushall redtop or fords 1.7 crossflow with twin 45s which will be more manageable and easy to live with and save your ears from bleeding into your lid HaHa

Good luck with your search, heres a couple pics of my old one (do miss it if im honest)
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paz


Thats awesome advice, cheers Bob

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