Is your 182 broken ? ??
Ha, sorry pal just me being a little anti-VW
If it's got to pass modern emissions standards you might be in for a hard time, I assume that means meeting Euro 6 emissions standards on a Euro 3 engine
Sorting out the driving position should be top priority.
not really fun to drive anywhere but on track!you could always buy a cup racer for around 10k which has alot of awesome discontinued parts that youll never be able to source for a clio you're building otherwise, and then it would have a bit of limited edition factor to it that cant be replicated, and a part of 1*2 history
if i was going to look at improving/updating i'd look at double wishbone suspension. be a bit of a faff but would be worth it in the end.
I feel like a party pooper but having gone this route on my car. It will cost around £15k to get designed and fabricated and not massively advantagous if keeping the track width original. Money would be best spent on lightweight wheels, hubs and struts and modern technologies such as digressive valving, electronic damping control, monotube dampers etc. Think Sachs Dampers but on steriods.
I'd steal bits of something and do it that way but even then it would cost silly money!!!!
I've looked at getting a basic independent rear trailing arm set up done and even that starts to get a bit of a silly price.
I don't think the trouble is in designing it etc however the implications of a component failure are quite high. You design a hub/trailing arm, sell it and it fails badly. Customer crashes and sues you for negligence, or worse dies and their family/insurance firm sue you.
I like the concept - I think if you were discussing something like a 205 gti people would be more on board with it. I also don't necessarily think you want your base R&D to be from a cup racer.
The shell isn't prone to rust (compared with many), I would actually opt to have the cars fully stripped and media blasted, leaving much of the factory coating on the inner panels - dipping typically removes coatings from areas you would find it hard to reinstate.
Most of the design work will go into the 6 speed idea and NVH imo, sorting the inner wing area out properly in a factory like fashion. I also would not (personally) go through with itb's and would look more into a low boost option with proper dual variable cam timing.
The killer would be to register as a small production vehicle company and to have the final product (some how) re-registered and tested to the new emission standards. This would mean the little 182 could (maybe?) be compliant with the soon to be enforced ultra low emission zones which I am convinced will spread over the next 10 years to areas well outside that of London - effectively forcing people to scrap many 90's and 00's iconic cars. I am really worried about the fate of amazing cars such as the E46 M3 etc.
Areas I would improve if I was doing it:
- Lower cruising RPM - 6th gear
- More low rpm torque without loosing the 'on cam' character of the engine (could be done with cleaver boost control)
- Faster steering with a touch more feel, turn in is lacking compared with other similar cars, steering would still be acceptable if heavier
- More suspension compliance without compromising on handling etc. A little less roll (even on cup gear) would be nice.
- Better (generally) NVH, however Renault did do a good job in places.
- More characterful exhaust note without being offensively loud.
- Lighter clutch
- Substantially improved gear lever position and feel.
- Better headlights.
If it helps at all (send me a private message) I am an electro/mechanical design engineer and have some good mates in some potentially useful areas; seat designer who has also worked with Singer, carbon guy who specialises in the design of forged carbon composites and has done design and supply work for Mclarren and RR recently amongst others and a friends father who works for the company that builds the engines for Eagle (the Etype). Like you I really like the 182 because its above all else fun, I have other fun cars but jump in this for the commuting battle.
Its well worth having a look into forged/compression moulded carbon as it looks awesome and has many advantages over regular carbon (primarily cost!). Its ideal for things like spoilers, splitters, door handles and interior trim.
All the best of luck
View attachment 1389676View attachment 1389677
Funnily enough, I own a Huracan Performante and forged carbon was something I was thinking of as making a feature point. Is your guy UK based? I know of a very good place in the USA, and am getting some bits for my Lamborghini because a) I want more carbon and b) to assess it's quality.
Thanks everybody for the feedback. I would not be registering as a car company. You don't need to to offer finance or warranty. You can cover liability with waivers and insurance.