Racing and Sports Car Chassis Design by Michael Costin

By Michael Costin

It is a e-book in regards to the chassis layout of racing and activities automobiles.

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The front cbassis bay extends rearwards to the scuttle hoop, which is a tubular and sheet structure so designed as to eliminate the necessity for diagonal bracing, and at the same time to provide mountings for steering column, instruments, switches, gear-lever, handbrake (and cable end stop) and seat. Forward of the scuttle the frame is a fully braced structure, but the next bay-from the scuttle to the engine bulkhead-is only braced on five sides, and only becomes torsionally stiff as part of the complete chassis, drawing its rigidity from the structures on either side of it.

42 SPACB FRAMES AND UNITARY CONSTRUCTION CHASSIS Of the two metal reinforcements, the front suspension frame is in sheet steel while the windscreen hoop consists of I inch, 10 gauge round section tube welded into I! inch 10 gauge square tube. This member has several functions; at its ends it provides the car's jacking points; the square section tubes, bonded between two skins of glass-fibre, form supports for the door hinges; the" hoop" itself strengthens the windscreen pillars and roof and also forms a built-in crash bar.

Th e jrol/I bay, extel/dil/g back to the "pel/orated hoop " bulkhead, IS trial/gulated 0 1/ all six sides 18 R ear viell': sholl'il/g hall" the el/g il/e bay is /ully trial/gulated- by a rem ovable Y-shaped diagonal il/ the case 0/ the top jrallle. This cal/ be ul/bolted, cOlllplete wilh the feor cross member, ( 0 allow the el/gil/e al/d gearbox to be removed as a single tlJlil Rear-engined sports/racing car: the Lotus Nineteen. Note the two" perfo ra ted-hoop " bulkheads and the triangulation of the top fram e of the engine bay by a Y-shaped diagonal; note also the very good lock of the f rolll wheels 19 SPACE fRAMES AND UNITARY CONSTRUCTION CHASSIS brakes, but this means that the mountings for the rear suspension units must be offset even more than is necessary to clear the drive shafts.

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