The Front End on my car is really
what makes this car tick. When I built the first of this
type of car I'd wanted something that would actually steer.
At the time some cars had beam axles, ala Austin 7 and Ford
10. Others built by the likes of Dale Shaw & Barry
Hudson used double wishbones. Although we all knew something
of what I suppose is the current English design, like Syd
Hirst's of NZ, nobody had done anything with them here.
Certainly not with a rear engined car. The difference using
a rear engine configuration like the VW meant that I was
fairly limited in what I could achieve with the rear end
travel so the next best thing was to get the front to do all
the travelling. Right from the start I wanted to use
components from very ordinary cars so spares wouldn't be a
problem. I'd fixed the idea of a strut type in my mind, and
after some seaching found that the KE30 type Corollas had
pretty much all I needed. Cheap & plentiful.
Usual stuff in motorkhanas. The front end
is locked up to stop the pivot bit pivoting, with small
wheels. The car is very competitive in these events, winning
most. The great traction helps the car accelerate like a
rocket, coupled with terrific turning ability.