Archive for May, 2012

Headlights!

The headlights and fixtures are in place. We set a spare wheel with roughly the correct tyre diameter in place to make sure the fixtures cleared. Sure enough… We have some trimming to do.

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Time to mount the bodywork!

Our parts are back from composites, and we’re now starting to design things around the shape of the clams. So it only seemed logical to finally set them in place and mount the aero catch pins.

 

It’s finally starting to look like a race car!

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Final dash design

While waiting for the most recent order of fittings, there was finally time to give the interior of the N2 some attention.
Since the electrical system is soon to be in the planning and design stage, a final dashboard design needed to be decided upon.

Here we have a mock up of the dash base; made from cardboard, hot-melt glue, and handy-dandy duct tape (Canadian to “English” translation… gaffa tape). The mock up helps visualize the final lengths, angles, and radii. A center console is now being created as a “GT3” extra to accommodate for the Motorsport related switches and toggles.¬†From here, a final model will be constructed, moulded, and laid-up in carbon fiber.

This dash has been designed to fit not only GT3, but ALL Lotus S2 chassis. And yes; they, along with all other composite components constructed for this project will be available to Elise enthusiast around the world!

STAY TUNED!

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Engine coolant outlet

Here we have the coolant passages that circulate the coolant around the engine bay to and from the radiators at the front of the car. The coolant will pass via a 29mm ID/ 31.5OD tube out of the engine down under the oil tank and into the frame rail passage to the front.
The bespoke outlet pipe has been designed to incorporate a passage linking the outlet to the header tank via a 19mm pipe. This will allow for water overflow, and for any air within the system to rise into the header tank and bleed out.

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Custom made oil fitting

Here we have a custom made -12 fitting so that the sender stage on the oil pump will clear the alternator and pulleys as it leads off to the oil cooler.

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Header tanks mounted!

The header tanks have been mounted so that the plumbing system can be accurately measured and designed.

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And the plumbing begins

Its been a busy few months at Nitron, designing and prototyping kits for both cars and bikes! But with the Lotus staring at me with big puppie-dog eyes, it only seemed fair to give it some much needed attention.
The Goodridge fittings order has arrived so we got to work in designing and mocking up the plumbing.
We started with the front radiator system.The blue piping is simply a mock-up until we have bespoke black silicon pipe bends made up.
The water pump for the charge system has also been mounted so that the pipes can be trimmed and fitted.

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