747heavy wrote:As for the gearbox, it should match the power output (torque) of your engine of choice. If you mate a VW Bettle (Fusca) gearbox which was designed for a 45 hp engine with an 120 hp engine, it may does not last too long.
ghamauricio wrote:Hola amigo,
I'm not willing to use an old Fusca or Kombi engine; only if I could use new parts and tune them to get at least 130HP. But also I prefer water cooled engines.
I'll try to check how much would cost me a Subaru engine. Also, is it too complicated to turbo-charge a normal engine? Or just out of curiosity, can I super-charge a turbo engine if I want to?
The problem with the flat underbody and adding downforce without visually altering the appearance of the car is that I'm kind of concerned with lift and poor high-speed handling in such replicas. I know the Fusca has terrible lifting problems in high speed, and I wonder if the changes and adaptations in replicas would cause similar problems in the 550.
For example, there's this company in Brazil which makes replicas, but the underbody is flat until the firewall. From the firewall rearwards it's open so you can cool down the engine. And I'm worried if this wouldn't alter the aerodynamics characteristics of the car.
As for the ride hight and rake, I'm aware that the car would have to run very low (below 10cm, ideally 8cm from the tarmac), but I guess I could lower the car for high speed conditions when I need to (ex.: interstate road trips) with a couple of twists in a wrench in each wheel's suspension.
I think the problem with the air coming from the sides could be solved the skirts proposed by Flummo. I was thinking about something else, but I'm having connection problems now. When I get home I'll try to use a Sketchup model to show what I was wondering for the sides of the car...
Flummo, I'll also talk about the engines in more detail later.
Thank you all guys!
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