|Robin Hood Kit Car|
In case you don't know what a kit car is, its a full-size car that comes as a kit
- basically the main parts you need to build the car, then you have to find the
smaller parts yourself, possibly from other cars. In our case we got the chassis,
body panels (most of which we had to bend into shape), wheels, seats and fuel tank.
There were a few other bits, but the engine, differential, and back axle all came
off a 'donor' vehicle which we dismantled - an old Ford Sierra.|
The car is finished and on the road now. Building it has taken just over a year - Work was only really done during the two summer holidays though. The Robin Hood kit turned out not to be much of a kit - just a load of parts that didn't fit. A large amount of time was spent trying to get the parts given to us to go together, and we've spent weeks seriously modifying the kit to make it safer and more usable. I think both me and my dad would have to discourage anyone from buying a Robin Hood - their kits aren't amazing, and their level of support is non-existent (they often give the impression they're actively trying to mess your kit up for you).
Instead of the all-in-one bonnet and windscreen, it now splits after the windscreen wipers, and has a proper stanless-steel firewall protecting the passengers. The handbrake has been moved onto the propshaft tunnel from the passenger's footwell, and the full Sierra heater has been fitted.
The unofficial Robin Hood owners website is here.
Split bonnet/Custom firewall
front: disk brakes, double wishbone, adjustable dampers
back: drum brakes, trailing link, adjustable dampers
Stainless-Steel Spaceframe chassis
Stainless-Steel Body panels with red GRP trim
1598cc Shortstroke Ford Pinto Engine
ESCII Electronic Spark Control (to be replaced with a custom mappable ECU - when i get time to finish it)
2 twin-sidedraught Dellorto Carbs
4:1 Stainless Banana Exhaust (not much use - 103db at SVA levels)
Standard 1.6 Cam
5 Speed 1.8l Gearbox
Low-profile Sump (the old one ground out ;)
0-60mph : 8.2 sec with 2 people, a full tank of petrol, and my father's gear changes :) So probably about 7 sec
Top Speed: 120mph if the wind is in the right direction ;) Its not too aerodynamic...
Economy : 30 miles/gallon on the Dellortos - strangely better than the Pierberg 2V's 24mpg
|Created by and Copyright (c) Gordon Williams 2003|