sky, on May 01 2014 - 06:03 AM, said:
To be honest, I had a similar idea bounce around my head a year or two ago. The only difference was it wasn't just the tub with nothing to it, but an entire car. And to be quite frank, the details are off there, and it really seems like one size fits all meaning same body, different paint, which is a let-down considering you are asked to part with 3 large of the queen's flock, more like 3.6k € or 5 grand US - and that's not even including the other necessary hardware (which is the same price again - I wonder if that includes the PC and the screens or "just" the wheel, pedals, shifter, etc...?). To me that's a very steep price considering it's just a fibreglass tub with casters on one end and a perspex screen. I'd imagine a DIY project should run less than that.
Anyway, my idea was going down a rather different road, by browsing the classifieds on racecarsdirect or similar sites shooting for cheap formula vee type cars (even with engines, so you could actually drive them for real if you fancied that). Of course the electronics to translate your steering, pedal, shifter and whatnot inputs would need to be custom built and added to the car. But I doubt that is rocket science. I'm more of the opinion that if you have a wheel you could take it apart and attach the parts to the real car, maybe even make them removable so you don't carry the extra weight / clutter for when you go racing in the real world. Immersion would be way better, as you see the actual wheels move, sit in a REAL car instead of some phony make-believe monstrosity... But that's just me. Back when I was looking, you could score formula vee type cars for less than 5 grand US, basically what Bob said.
Or you could try and go large and buy an old BT-20 or something chassis and body, maybe minus an engine... that would be the ultimate super cool thing.
Im the builder at CRS. "Buy an old BT20..." yer havin a laugh ! Even just a chassis without suspension is going to come in at £40k - yes - I am serious. We were down at Monaco at the Auction and the BT20 which was there went for just a little less than £1m.
yes we do cheat by using different Gelcoat. To replicate every car from 1967 would cost a fortune, add to that the storage of the moulds and finished bodies in stock - it wouldnt be worthwhile.
Theres not a lot of profit in what we do with the price of a body at £1,995 plus VAT. An original pattern screen for a Lotus 49 comes in at £575 plus VAT. Thanks for the "Monstrosity" comment :-) The car is built from the plans of the first Lotus 49 (with the 1/4 perspex screen) , which revolutionised racing the world over. I dont think the car is a monstrosity at all.
The original car I built entirely from wood - no, its not difficult as you say but there are a lot of hours in the building of the thing.
Dont dis' me dude - put your money where your mouth is and build one yourself.
Edited by Caterham Super 7, Dec 24 2014 - 02:24 PM.