Woodsmith directed me over here after l met him over on the tractor forum where l was posting about my mower build,
anyway my name is Andy l live in Birmingham in the uk, l have been around most things with an engine for a long time now, l can cut weld and fabricate to a reason degree, so that gets that out of the way and the reason l am here ?
well l need to replace /upgrade my buggy its currently fitted with a 1000cc nissan micra engine and box producing around 50 hp, not a vast amount of power but in such a light vehicle its reasonably brisk, not sure of the weight but maybe under 700kg problem is all my buddies have around 100hp
so l was thinking of upgrading the engine to nearer 2lt
but have spent some time reading this and other forums and quiet like the idea of electric power instead, particularly the noise aspect as l have neighbours where l use the buggy,
although the buggy is road regestered l dont use it on the road but take it to 2 or 3 tracks where we have a "day out" racing amongst ourselves no organised racing in a series etc, frequency of use is probally 1 or 2 sundays each month so it spends a lot of time parked in the garage, l carry it to the track on the back of my transit which has a winch on it so if it was to pack up l could drag it back on and fix another day, l probally cover no more than 15 miles using the buggy in the course of a day but the use is quite hard full acceleration out of every corner no ambling along here
l would like to disuss whether this might be a candidate for an electric conversion, or not when all things are considered nice light weight would l guess be good, short distance/duration again good ? not required to meet any regs for the road as l dont use it on road, against is the abuse of the accelerator and perhaps the less than dry conditions we sometimes use it in,
also would you keep the nissan gearbox or direct drive it or maybe a lada niva transfer box used as a rear diff/axle which is lockable and has 2 speeds at 1 to 1 and 2 to 1
l might also not convert this one as its all working but just copy it and make another with a few mods, the motor could tuck up behind the seats
and the batteries (lithium) in front of the seats under my knees ??
l would see 60 mph as plenty for the top speed but getting there as quick as possible
heres a few pics so you can see what l have