lb-ft @ 4200 rpm
hp @ 6000 rpm
hp per liter
(from Bailey Speed)
Blinded by the lights...
Over the past month, a
lot of things have happened with the Blade. The Blade project is
still going full force and now that the weather is warming up, it is
picking up speed. During the past two weeks, I have been dealing
with a variety of regulations for the headlights, specifically how
high they were off the ground. When I first designed the car, I used
a lot of information from Europes specialty car documents and a
limited amount of info from the US. In the United States, it is
harder to find the right information because every state has its own
regulations for specialty cars. I designed the car according to the
information I could find regarding headlight heights. While the car
met European standards, it did not fully meet US standards and this
forced me to redesign the front end and raise the headlights about
2" inches higher.
I took the opportunity to make some styling changes based on various
comments and suggestions I received as a result of our recent
publicity. While the first design was unique and aggressive, I could
see ways I could improve it. I addressed this with the new design.
The goal was to make the front end flow better with the rest of the
car and keep the unique styling and aggressive looks. Feel free to
let me know what you think.
As I mentioned above, progress is moving forward even with the new
changes to the front end. I do not expect the modifications to take
long. Luckily, when building the full scale body buck, I made it so
that the front end was easily removable, as I had a slight feeling
that changes might have to be made.
Tall folks can drive small sports
cars, if I have anything to do with it...
The head clearance is
still looking good. I have yet to add humps to the Hard Top, but
once I do, there will be loads of room for us tall people. The
amount of leg room is outrageous... I am 64" and can fully extend
my legs on both passenger and driver sides and still not touch the
New Corbeau FX1 seats have been test fitted in the car. These are
similar to the type of seats that I imagine the car will come with
in the future. I was worried that they may be too wide, but it turns
out, that they fit perfect with room to spare. This is good news for
folks that will want Recaro, Sparco and Cobra style racing seats.
This is the style of seats I intended for the car from its
Once the front end is
back together, work on the final body shape will begin. I expect
this will take a good amount of time to complete, as there will be
what will seem like an endless amount of sanding and surfacing to
do. But once done, it will be off to the mold makers to have molds
New Suspension and Chassis Design:
New development on the
chassis and suspension is currently in the works by Eric Rodela.
Eric is my partner in crime on this build and has an engineering
background in hi tech mechanics and robotics. We are developing a
new Independent Front and Rear suspension system for that chassis
that will help make adjustments easy for both street driving and
racing. The idea is not to over complicate the suspension and use
standardized parts, but in such away to allow adjustments without
having to purchase more parts or add and remove components. We
should have some images of this on the next newsletter.