Thanks for the link to Jack Knight, looks like they could easily sort me out. Also great article and pics from Car&Driver, havent seen that before. Pics are also very useful. Paltrese's face is quite the picture!
I'd love to make friends with someone on the Mercedes GP team, with the hope they might be able to assist with drawings etc. I did actually recieve a surprice package from Mercedes GP in the post today. They have kindly supplied us with the proper wheel nut socket and a spare nut, a tyre inflation adapter, so we can use the larger valves and a nose kone removal key. They kindly sent these thing free of charge, but also said that they are unable to assist with the column.
As metioned before, I have a mate with a RB2 car who's looked into the H1V8 more than I have, and he seems to think its possible to lower the engine 30mm to make the input shaft fit. He works for RB, have done similar to a Sauber-Ferrari he also owns and genrally knows his stuff.
The BMW engine would be nice, but as you say its a lot of £££ if you can find one, and I pressume its a full blown temperamental F1 engine, but a seriously nice piece of kit.
Very funny vid, thanks for posting!
Not half as shocked as we were when realising the car was ours!! The car has quite a few of the sensors left, and its fairly easy to fit things like lateral G sensors. I could probably get most of the info I need from a Motec or similar.
That Honda engine sure look nice, but it looks a bit big? I couldnt find any dimentions, but its certainly heavier than the H1V8, which so far seems the best option. But I'll certainly look into this possibility aswell, as ,of course, it would be great to have a Honda engine.
Thank you all again for your ideas and encouragement. I have to say this website is very, very good. I have certainly never encountered a forum with such knowledge and willingnes to share. Very much apreaciated.
My other half, Nadine, has a liking for big oily engines, and thought it'll be fun with a Mopar F1!!!!!! Handling might suffer a bit.......