Racing and Sports Car Chassis Design by Michael Costin

By Michael Costin

This can be a ebook in regards to the chassis layout of racing and activities vehicles.

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39 SPACE FRAMES AND UNITARY CONSTRUCTION CHASSIS Girling disc brakes are used, with outboard mounted 10! inch front discs and inboard mounted 9! inch rear discs. Provision is also made in the hub castings for mounting the rear brakes outboard; in warm climates it may well be worth the sacrifice of increased sprung weight to move the brakes away from the heat of the engine and gearbox. The 12 gallon fuel tank is mounted on the left of the car-on the far side from the driver. The space above the driver's legs, used for the main fuel tank on the Formula One car, contains the spare wheel on the sports car.

Owing to the use of asymmetric transmission only 40 20 The space frame chassis- II'ith pallellillg- oj the 1960 sports Lola. Th e asymmetrical lay-out 0/ the frOllt bay jacilitates ellgille illstallat iOIl without ill allY lray weakening the slructure 21 Fronl-engined single-seater: Ihe all-oJJsel chassis oj Ihe 1960 Formula Junior Lola. The IlVin diagonals oj Ihe frolll suspension bulk-head elilllinale Ihe need Jar a lop cross-member SPACE FRAMES AND UNITARY CONSTRUCTION CHASSIS the left-hand-side rear radius arm can be located on the driver's bulkhead, a further member being incorporated in the rear side frame to pick up the right side radius arm.

Very simple, extremely light and very stiff, this chassisthe only one of its type ever made-is still giving good service after six years of use, and this despite the fact that it is made up of 20 and 18 gauge tube. As can be seen from the accompanying drawing, the primary structure is fully triangulated and therefore extremely stiff. It consists of two sections on either side of a central bulkhead, the forward section being triangular in plan view, the rear triangular in side elevation. Only nineteen members are used in its construction, and the total weight is 21 lb.

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