Welcome to my latest project, the Spartan V8 prototype roadster.

Take a look around, and feel free to leave a comment!

What is it?
The Spartan V8 is a type of high performance car called an "exoskeleton" car, exoskeleton referring to the framework of the car which is both visible and aesthetic by design. It is being designed entirely from scratch, by me alone (constructed and tested entirely in SolidWorks). I'm about a year into the design; from initial idea, to working concept, to full 3d virtual model. Once I have the remainder of the crucial components (engine, transmission, suspension, etc) modeled accurately in 3D, I'll be able to finalize the design and begin construction.

What would it be like to drive?
Something like this.
The metallic click of a switch engages the ignition and fuel pump with a hum. You engage the clutch and push the starter button.. the V8 engine thrashes and bursts to life with a snarl, sending shivers through the frame, and straight up your spine. The shifter in your right hand snicks into gear, and you ease out the clutch and apply the throttle.. by the time you fully release the clutch, its already time to shift into second. As you shift to 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th, the sheer acceleration nails you to your seat, the exhaust roars to either side of you, the intake growls in front of you, the big 305 series tires shriek in protest as they claw at the pavement, the wind whips past your head and body, and you are catapulted to speed more rapidly than you thought possible.
A stab at the brakes invites the race compound pads to bite into four oversized vented rotors, rapidly bringing you to a screeching halt.. brutally throwing you forward against the belts of your 5 point harness, threatening to eject you from the cockpit as you slow back to a stop. Your pulse is racing, your breathing is quickened, and the back of your neck is tingling. Savage and raw, the Spartan V8 isn't just quick. It is downright terrifying.

More akin to riding something wild, overpowered, and foaming at the mouth than just driving a car. It roars, it screams, it snarls. It thrums with power lurking just under its thin skin, daring you to mash that accelerator to the floor, and chase down something exotic..

Why design and build your own car?
Why not? It will be fun to design, build, and drive. It will be a learning experience like no other. Also, because of it's tremendous power to weight ratio, the Spartan will be a veritable supercar - more than able to hold its own on the road or racetrack against other street cars costing hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Check back whenever you like, as I'll be adding updates frequently.


Saturday, February 20, 2010

Warning - experimental

Added the logo from an earlier emblem design to the front of the engine cover, as well as "experimental" to the sides.  These would be likely decals cut from heavy gauge vinyl, stuck onto the aluminum or CF "hood".  It strikes me as a little in your face, but I like it.  We'll see what makes it to final production of the prototype.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Wiring, continued..

Customizing the wiring harness took a while longer than anticipated, but I am very pleased with how it has turned out thus far.  Every single whire in the harness has been shortened or lengthened for my application.  My harness looks a bit different than other custom harnesses you may have seen, this is due to the intake being turned around 180 degrees, which moves the MAF, IAC, and TPS connectors to the back of the motor.  Since this was originally a drive by wire motor, the TPS and IAC wiring had to be added.

At this point, it's ready to be taped up the rest of the way and test fitted one last time, then can be loomed up to look nice.  Of course, the wires all still need to be repinned into the blue and green pcm connectors as well.