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Hi everyone copied this from another forum that we are on,
been meaning to start a build thread for our GTM project for quite a while
Here is a Picture of the car before we picked it up

As soon as we arrived back to the garage first thing we needed to do was completely strip the car apart
Unfortunately we arent currently able to find any photos of us working on it up until this point here.

Before fully welding the cage we test fitted it one last time just to make sure it was as good as possible and
if any add ons were needed adding them in, at the same time
we were also fitting the standard civic type r ep3 subframe to see how it fitted







this was when we were in the midst of fully welding the cage and then prepping it for spraying



again unfortunately in between prepping the cage for spraying and where we are at just now we have no photos for the
majority of the build as our camera was away getting fixed.

this is how things look at the moment underneath the bonnet, custom built fuel tank designed by ourselves as the original
mini tank was keeping the centre of gravity to high and was not using the available space well enough, the swirl pot is
one from jjc race and rally that has been cut and re fabricated to fit under the bonnet but it will be replaced sooner
rather than later with a custom built slightly fatter one as we have had quite a few problems with it, we have a high
pressure pump feeding off of the swirl pot and a low pressure built into the bottom of the tank.



Here is what the inside of the car currently looks like, wooden dash basic shape is to be finished once all wiring is sorted
then we will make the finished item with carbon fibre, as you will be able to see things such as gear lever postion, hydro handbrake
position and others are still to be finalised and we still need to find a suitable place for the battery to go, probably in the front.


This is how we are starting the car at the moment, wooden blocks are a great hand when building projects


And here are some pictures of its current entirety as im sure you can see we still have a lot to do, but we have
got the engine going and we are just waiting on modified brake carriers before we will be able to drive it up and
down the drive way to check that we are getting all gears and to sort out any little niggles before rebuild part 2

 

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Here are a few more photos, have got the brakes working a bit still a few adjustments to be made using mg tf cup brakes on the front and type r front calipers on the back but we're working on fitting rear calipers of some sort so that we can have hydro and cable handbrake.
We should be able to have a go up and down the driveway to make sure we're getting all gears and after that we just need to sort out all of the wiring, finish the wooden dash template and then make the carbon or fibreglass finished item, take most of the rear apart for final welding, fabricate the bulkhead back onto the car and any other fibreglass work that needs done, then paint it and check everything and that should be us good to go. so we still have a while to go yet :)




 

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Not updated in ages, done quite a few bits here and there, one of the rear discs shown here as we work on the brake setup, not using type r front calipers anymore but some rear mg tf's as regulations now require a cable handbrake, which is better anyway in case the car ever needs to sit on a hill

Have been working on the huge air filters cradle, which is soon to be smoothed and painted

Also done some work on the dashboard template, placing everything where we want it and making any minor adjustments before finishing the fibreglass work and making a mold of the whole item, then finish it off with a carbon fibre copy

 

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Just got the GTM back from Sitec Racing where they have had it on the rolling road mapping it so it idles properly and runs smoother with the custom intake and exhaust, car is making almost 200hp at the wheels which should be 230-240hp at the crank. combined with the cars weight which should be around 720kg when finished we'll have a bhp per ton of 330ish
 

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Amazing work.
 

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Impressive work, man!

Is it a MK1 GTM Rossa? Very nice, would love to see vid's when it runs over the track...with that short wheel base it would be a funny hill climbing car :up:. Wich kind of race/track you are focussing at?

I see there are plenty of clearances in the engine bay ;).

Any problems with the torque of the drive train in that chassis?

Keep at it, it's a treasure :up:
 

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Impressive work, man!

Is it a MK1 GTM Rossa? Very nice, would love to see vid's when it runs over the track...with that short wheel base it would be a funny hill climbing car :up:. Wich kind of race/track you are focussing at?

I see there are plenty of clearances in the engine bay ;).

Any problems with the torque of the drive train in that chassis?

Keep at it, it's a treasure :up:
It is a Mk2 Rossa, they're shall be lots of videos in the near future, there should be no problems with the torque as if you look above the roll cage picks up and strengthens all critical points. The car will be used for track days and hopefully tarmac rallying. Thanks for the interest :)
 

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We have cut and fitted new polycarbonate windows for the rear

And for the sides which still need a bit of a clean up

we also temporarily fitted the windscreen, windscreen wipers, motor and wired it all up
 

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We went to a track night at Knockhill for the cars 1st proper test,

Boy it is fast the acceleration is amazing, on the main straight we were quicker than 600-700hp M3s and the like but in the corners we were really struggling as the front brakes were overheating as we thought they might because we had put in bargain pads just for initial testing and the front ride height seemed to drop substantially more than we thought it would after settling in. As we became more used to the car and how it drives we were definitely becoming faster and faster as confidence grew but when on track we had to brake far too early so as not to boil the brakes, we we kept having to come in for a couple of minutes to let the brakes cool down and check for leaks, wheel torques etc.

When we got back to the garage we took the front wheels off and checked to see if there was anything else that we need to improve regarding the brakes, it appears the calipers are sticking a wee bit especially on the driver side so it looks like they will both need a rebuild as well as the right pads for the job. Looking at the front suspension the reason as to why the front ride height dropped so much is, it seems that the pin shown here at the top of the coil over even though already strengthened since this photo has bent on both sides we suspected this had happened when at the track but couldn't be certain.

So we shall straighten the pins out and gusset them to make them indestructible or fabricate something similar and order the right pads for the job
 

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Brake ducting makes an enormous improvement.
We're hoping not to have to do any, once we have the right pads and rebuild the calipers it should make a huge difference and we think that the steel wheels can't be helping at all and that when we have proper wheels made, the brakes shall be able to breathe sufficiently if that makes sense?
 

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Since Knockhill in preparation for our 2nd test tomorrow at Kaimes we have shot blasted, repainted and rebuilt the front calipers with mintex rally/race pads. Fabricated new top and bottom shock mounts which will hopefully both be man enough for the job

 

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Not updated in a while
Heres a photo from our test at Kames

Definetly need to fix this haha. Think we'll have to make some sort of alloy plate to stop it melting when it spits out flames.

We got an Ikeya sequential shifter off a friend to see if we can modify it to fit the car, which would be great

Also just got an LSD from gripper diffs, a 6.33 final drive from Mfactory which should give us a top speed of around 130mph with 15s or around 145mph with 17s Smile
and a baffled sump kit from CPL Racing to keep the engine running smoothly.





Hopefully test it all soon, car should be even faster :)

We've been doing a bit of work in the cockpit over the past couple of days


Had the Engine and box out, took the box with final drive and LSD over to Sitech and fitted the baffled sump kit


Also started on the final shape for the bulkhead


Next on the list is to fibreglass the bulkhead, sort out the brake setup a bit more, fit power steering and then probably put it back together for the next test
 
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