Rodd1s wrote:For when I buy another Lanos (note, not 'if', but definitely 'when') I am probably going to turbocharge it, again.
These last few weeks I have literally been waking up at silly hours in the morning thinking of new ideas (one involved a rear-wheel-drive conversion) knowing that this will not be a possibility for at least another year due to financial constraints.
I looked into a RWD conversion, it's a massive amount of work to make it functional.
There is at least one Front engine RWD Astra MK2 and one front engine AWD Astra MK2
Given the lanos is an exact copy of the MK2 Astra chassis with a totally different exterior and interior, it is possible.
One guy fabricated everything from scratch, the other fellow cut parts from a Calibra AWD and welded sections into his Astra.
Either way, it was lots of money.
The less expensive way is to move the engine/gearbox into the rear, weld in a tubular roll cage/engine support and weld over sheet metal to separate the driver from the drivetrain ( for safety )
Another method is to go with two engines, I remember a few years back looking at a Corsa with dual engines and gear boxes.
The guy could put his front engine in drive and his rear engine in reverse and do a burn out without moving, he turn the steering and rotate on the spot in a 360 degree pattern.
If I remember correctly he may have had automatics instead of manual gearboxes, it's been quite some time.
One of my big interests ( still is ) was to insert an electric motor at the rear end, that way I could have AWD and have better fuel mileage via use of electric for rear drive.
The idea was to use the petrol engine for starting off the line, then it would switch to electric once I am at cruising speed.
I was also going to have a big red button which would allow me to dump high levels of current into the electric motor for a short burst of acceleration.
With a short 30 second burst you can manage to produce several hundred horsepower.
You can't sustain it for long, the motor gets too hot and you burn it out as well it can drain the reserve batteries very very quickly and heat them up as well.
Last thing I thought about was a micro-turbine coupled to a generator and four electric motors.
Jaguar had a really cool prototype ( can't remember model ) which was an electric/turbine hybrid that made something like 1000hp
The micro-turbines can run on virtually anything flammable... cooking oil, diesel, kerosene, gasoline, alcohol