Vtec Race Spec - New Owner
Posted 31 May 2012 - 10:20 AM
To consider this was originally a Mini with its safety standards, having a kit car transformation, engine removed from the front with fibreglass front-end and being untested for crash, I personally would have that thought it would come out worse as many cars don't do very well when it involves a tree.
This is valuable information you are sharing and will definitely help me rethink to improve the safety of my project. From what I can see in this case, the Mini's cabin/cockpit especially along the flimsy floorpan area cannot withstand the forces from the subframe's lower mounts and it being in tubular form (like running into 2 javelins). IMO, the crushing of the front subframe would have helped absorb the impact but maybe we need it to crush at a slower rate? Did the top tower mounts stay intact?
If you are comfortable to, please share with us more photos, specifically the front subframe, mounting points, firewall and floorpan to help us get a better understanding of the failures in these structures.
Best of luck with the rest of your recovery man.
Posted 31 May 2012 - 11:58 AM
yes, you got it right.
I'm sharing all this just to help the other builders making their cars safer to drive.
I think you are correct in thinking that the floorpan area can't withstand the forces from the subframe's lower mounts. That's the reason why my feet are now broken like that imo.
I'll take a few more detailed pictures asap, the car is currently stored in my shed and i've not yet had the time to inspect it properly.
Edited by andream88, 31 May 2012 - 11:58 AM.
Posted 31 May 2012 - 06:44 PM
I know Chris had a side impact crash at Anglesy race track. and the car was writen off but he got out with bad bruises. So i think it must have some safty designed into it, even if it was on CAD!
Posted 31 May 2012 - 11:06 PM
Posted 31 May 2012 - 11:32 PM
It was a fully welded race space spaceframe.
The only bolted bars were the front floor one, and the steering column.
All the rest was welded.
Will post better pics asap.
Posted 01 June 2012 - 10:10 AM
Posted 18 March 2013 - 01:27 PM
i've finally started to repair the car.
i'm dismantling it and will be ordering a new frame kit soon from Chris.
This time i want to start from a British Open chassis (i want the sunroof for summer use), but i remember reading of an issue with the front subframe lower mounting points and metal spacers needed on some specific model years. Can anybody confirm which years should be avoided?
Posted 18 March 2013 - 04:18 PM
its great your still alive and kicking (soon anyway) I did the same thing just the other month doing only 20km in my hayabusa and that cost me nearly a 1000 euros to put right but but the great thing about the experience is you learn about the car, how it handle and to treat it with respect and you gain lots of followers to get you through those head banging issues. Heres a couple of post depressing photos to make you feel better. I am now going to find a corner and cry uncontrollably maybe you should try it
Posted 19 March 2013 - 01:11 PM
I wasn't driving the car, it was a friend of mine.
The only (BIG) mistake i did was letting him drive the MINI..
Posted 20 March 2013 - 08:33 AM
Posted 21 March 2013 - 12:39 PM
Posted 18 May 2014 - 10:48 PM
Hi guys, long time with no updates.
I started to dismantle the damaged car last year and got in touch with Chris to purchase a new frame, but had to stop due to lack of time.
Got back to work on the project a few weeks ago. Stripped the whole crashed car to the bare frame, and did the same with the new donor car (a British Open - with the sunroof it will be a joy to drive even in the summer!).
I have prepared a list of what i need, planning to order the new kit this week. It will be a race frame (same as my old one) but with a couple reinforcement bars here and there. I won't touch the engine, it already has enough power as is.
Will keep you updated.
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