I've been devouring all the information on this site for about 2 weeks now after I got the bug to build my own car; and I've decided to get some input to my ideas. My past experience is with 70s era muscle car builds/restorations but I have the itch to do something which includes a little more engineering and creativity (By day I am a mechanical engineer, fresh into the auto industry). In college I got the opportunity to run the Baja team where we designed and built an offroad vehicle for the SAE competition. I liked the design and build aspect, plus there's nothing like driving something you built. To me, designing and building a functional machine is one of the most gratifying projects you could ever do....but thats just me
Anyway, after reading much of the info here I have developed some design criteria for my project. Please feel free to interject and correct me if i'm heading in the wrong direction, afterall I am a noobie. With that said, I'm looking to build a very small, lightweight car tuned for road courses. It will be a street car, something that can rip up the "Tail of the Dragon" or roads like that
......weight target is 1220lbs, track width 52" front and rear or possbily 53" in the rear (have done much research on determining the perfect track width, yada yada
input welcome ) Wheelbase around 85" giving a 1.63 wheelbase-track width ratio. It will be a two seater (side by side), open wheeled in the front, covered rear suspension (similiar to, but much cooler than the Crysler Prowler) I am planning on using MX5 front and rear uprights, hayabusa 1340cc I4 (200hp, 220lb wet) powerplant w/ the 6 speed sequential gearbox, and an FSAE style rear LSD for the rear IRS. I would like to run 185 R13 in the front, 215 R13s in the rear.
Currently I am in the front suspension design process and I am looking for input or techniques to determine control arm length and pick-up points on the chassis. Seems these cars can be as compliated as you want to make them and although I am a young engineer and want to learn A LOT, I dont want to over analyze every aspect of this car. In addition, what do you guys think of a pushrod style front suspension? I've see many implimentation of it here on the site, just wondering if those that have done it think its worth it.....sure looks cool! and gives better suspension performance, but I'm not sure if I want to spend 1000 hrs designing a system in CAD since I do not have a chassis built yet to try things on. I do have CATIA V5 that I am planning on using for design purposes and I would like a full vehicle model when I'm done.
Thanks in advance for your time & input!
Vehicle City Flint Michigan