- PSA Guy Martin going fast again
I think that was a production Trannie with a bit of ballast thrown out. This is going to be a mite quicker .
Yeah, IIRC they stripped out everything that wasn’t structurally important then taped over all the panel joins to improve streamlining (It’s a breezeblock on wheels!), then let her thrash the hell out of it.
Dunno what motor they’re planning on using, but the 3.5ltr V6 Ecoboost that they put in the US Transit would be a good start, it’s possible to get upwards of 400bhp* out of it, with less weight than a V8.
* I have a vague recollection of more than 500bhp, but I’d have to search online.
edit – yeah, 600bhp is considered a ‘safe’ build, it can go higher, but with doubts about the ability of the transmission to cope…
Posted 1 year agoflangeSubscriber
I read his new book recently where he talks about the van – it’s the same one that Krazy Horse built for him to race in the states, however he’s obviously moved the engine to the back. It’s not a silhouette but it has obviously been space-framed. All done by him in his shed which is pretty awesome. Originally he’d planned to do TimeAttack in it but for some reason didn’t and ended up going to the Ring to break the record.
His new book does make him out to be a bit awkward and not a little angry, however he’s making money from racing bikes, driving cars, trucks and tractors and building stuff in his shed – I’d say he’s winning…Posted 1 year ago
Hmmm its a silhouette racer, appears to have nothing except the body shape in common with the original van.
As flange says, if you actually look closely at the interior shot of the van, you can clearly see the shell is a stock Trannie with a steel space-frame for structural rigidity. Which is exactly the same as pretty much any saloon car used for circuit racing or rallying.Posted 1 year agopondoSubscriber
I read his new book recently where he talks about the van – it’s the same one that Krazy Horse built for him to race in the states, however he’s obviously moved the engine to the back.
Is the one he did the “drive really fast in a straight line” thing in? I might be wrong (I regularly am) but I thought that WAS mid-engined.Posted 1 year agoMrSparkleMember
I saw Guy in a pub on Sat night and asked him about the van. He’s put a Ford V6 twin turbo in it. A company from Norfolk who usually do Landrovers have done the suspension. He’s ok with the track but they have had lots of problems with the set up. In other news, Nigel the dog is doing ok. He’s got another one called Steve now too.Posted 1 year agoP-JayMember
I saw one of his old vids on YT the other day when he visited Judd where they were rebuilding that Ford / Cosworth F1 engine. When he said in the trailer 500Bhp (same as the Cosworth) I crossed everything they’d use one for this, probably a daft idea in real life, but it would have been so, very, very cool.
EcoBoost makes sense, I liked the EcoBoost Pantera F n’ L made.Posted 1 year agospooky_b329Subscriber
You could just about hear that beast of an engine barking away behind the conversation in the cab, but why didn’t they get the soundman to let us hear it properly!
Like the previous record holder said, it’s one of the loudest vehicles he’s been in yet you can only get a hint of what it sounds like when it changes gear!Posted 1 year ago
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