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PostPosted: May 18, 2015, 12:58 pm 
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I don't have any interest myself but I thought I'd post pictures of the two BEC kits at Carlisle. The first kit is Silver Car. It is actually smaller in person that it looks in the pictures. They have information on the web though a quick look didn't turn up a price.
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The second kit is Sylva. I looked on the web for this one and it has a confusing heritage. I was unable to tell which of the many Sylva kits it is or even who the manufacturer is. It seems that many of the designs have been sold to other companies. Anyway here are a few shots.
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It looks like a Sylva Vectis. According to the Sylva website, the owner of the company retired this year and is looking for someone to market and build the kits.

http://www.sylva.co.uk/the-sylva-story/
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I first started mucking around with cars back in 1965 whilst still at school. After an apprenticeship as a draughtsman and years working for myself in 1979 I decided to take the plunge and sell my house in Lymington to finance the creation of Sylva Autokits. Now it is time to put my feet up and hand over to someone else to market and manufacture the Vectis with the drive and enthusiasm I used to have all those years ago. Would you be up for the challenge?



Maybe what you saw was someone testing the idea of doing so in the USA. However, it is based on the MGF which was not available here in the US. So donor parts would be difficult to obtain or maintain. Changing the donor parts to a more available drivetrain here, would not be difficult for many of our experienced builders.

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PostPosted: May 18, 2015, 2:08 pm 
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That Sylva appears to be the J15 imported by Galek Motorsports.

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The Vectis is based on the J15. The main key, based on the photos shown, is the windshield surround.

Who really knows? A lot of his cars look similar, just minor updates make a new model.

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The SilverCar website says, "Carbonated Steel Spaceframe, cold stretched without welding, ø 40 and 30, protected with Epoxy paint."

Can someone translate that for me? (not the epoxy paint part :D )

http://silvercarusa.com/technical-specifications/

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"Carbonated Steel Spaceframe" - Must be a steel tube frame filled with soda pop! :rofl:

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High carbon steel? Bad ductility!


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BHRmotorsport wrote:
The SilverCar website says, "Carbonated Steel Spaceframe, cold stretched without welding, ø 40 and 30, protected with Epoxy paint."

Can someone translate that for me? (not the epoxy paint part :D )

http://silvercarusa.com/technical-specifications/

My guess would be DOM, based on the cold stretched part?

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rx7locost wrote:
The Vectis is based on the J15. The main key, based on the photos shown, is the windshield surround.

Who really knows? A lot of his cars look similar, just minor updates make a new model.


The key difference between the J15 and the Vectis is that the latter uses the MGF as its main donor package, including the suspension components and suspension subframes.

As Dauntless says, the car in the pic above is a J15, which uses Triumph front uprights and fabricated steel rear uprights (and is actually the superior design - but more expensive due to not being single-donor). The J15 was launched with the Ford Sigma engine, but has also been fitted with various others (the one in the pic is clearly a BEC).

For comparison, a pic of the Vectis rear suspension, with MGF subframe, can be seen here: http://www.sylva.co.uk/sylva-vectis-2/

Jeremy Philips (the founder/owner of Sylva Sportscars) is one of the best lightweight car designers in the world, IMO; he has numerous designs and endless race/championship wins to his credit, but has never really received the credit he deserves because he has always operated at the 'budget' end of the market, hence doesn't attract much mainstream press coverage. It's a great loss to the UK kit car industry that he's chosen to retire. :(


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