|So It's begun! prompted by a love of all things Ferrari and believing the P4 to be the ultimate in design terms I've decided to build a replica of this 60's classic Le Mans racer predominantely as a trackday car.
Where to start? this was helped considerably by finding that NF Developments do a kit for the P4. To say it's a kit, it is in the loosest terms with the basics supplied consisting of the chassis, suspension, raw body panels and glass/ perspex. Engine options range from Renault V6 through to Ferrari V12 with many in between. Now I'd have loved a Ferrari V12 but it means losing 4" of cabin space and it's all a bit tight for me to fit so I went for the next best thing a Ferrari V8. I needed one from a longitudinal installation so a 348, 355 or 360. A 348 engine and transaxle came available at a 'reasonable' cost, this is the first time a Ferrari V8 will be fitted to one of the Foreman cars!. With a free flowing exhaust we're hopeful of around 330BHP and maintaining a dry weight of circa 875kg's giving a PTW ratio of nearly 400BHP/ Tonne.
As at 1st May 2003 the chassis is being built and the engine/ transaxle has been delivered to NF to enable them to fabricate the engine mounts and gearchange linkage.
I could have gone for all new components for the brakes/ hubs/ driveshafts etc but couldn't resist the opportunity to strip the bits I needed and at the same time do the world a favour and take an old Scorpio off the road.
One was sourced some 15 miles away with a current MOT (11 months to run!) for the grand sum of £130, this massive investment made all the easier as I have sold some of the parts I don't need for about the cost of the whole car!
Some pics of the donor whole, during stripping and the parts recovered and cleaned etc here
In a couple of weeks I'm going for a seat fitting (well a size fitting) to see if I can fit in the Berlinetta (preferred) or whether I have to opt for the spyder. At the same time I intend to collect the wishbones and suspension parts so that I can build up the 4 corners before the chassis arrives which is due in 5 to 6 weeks.
Much progress has been made but mainly hidden stuff like Air Con, Cooling, Loom connections etc, a few pics below of some of the work done
Car goes away for Exhaust design and fitting on 13th October then it's time to fire it up!
19th March Well it ran, nothing fell off! and it felt pretty good, Had some problems with gear selection which caused a few issues but all in all worthwhile, some pics at www.stevecarter.com/hullavington04/mark.htm
26th March Another run planned on 5th April at Keevil to finalise bits then time to book an SVA!
26th May, Success!, the Car passed the SVA test today, just need to get a registration number and it's on the road!
Some pics from the SVA here, thanks to Angus for taking them