I haven't conjured a name for this build yet, but I did a little design work this weekend working on the layout. I'm planning to build a 4-wheeled ariel atom type machine with borrowed seating layout from a McLaren F1. The idea is that I could potentially sell completed vehicles, kits, or plans!
As for chassis, the front end will be based heavily on Miata - the prototype will utilized everything from wheel to wheel including the K-member, much like the SSE CozE that I've already completed.
Power and driveline, I will create a trailing link type suspension (not shown in the model yet) that will hold the motor and single chain reduction to the rear on each side, which may eventually be replaced by belts... I wanted to eliminate the CV's due to efforts of minimizing losses wherever possible. I'm planning to use a motenergy ME1507 to drive each rear wheel and a Kelly 96601 controller to feed power along with a pair of 4kwh Chevrolet Volt modules for energy storage. For simplicity of designing I plan on using seperate charging and Battery Management Systems
Peak Power should be around 150hp... judging by the weight of the SSE CozE I've already built I believe I can keep this vehicle under 1000lbs pretty easily. Should be fun! Any comments or ideas feel free to post... I also thought if I need more range I could use Tesla lithium modules that were built for Toyta Rav 4 EV's.
I looked into using a large DC brushed motor as well... it would give me the same amount of power for about the same money but would require the need for a differential whereas running two motors eliminate the need - for a 4 wheel custom built vehicle to become street legal here in Iowa it is required to have some sort of differential.
Attached are a couple quick snaps of what the design is looking like so far.