1967 Triumph Spitfire EV Conversion - Student Project
Mechanical Engineering Students from the University of Colorado Denver
spent the Summer of 2009 converting a broken down 1967 Triumph Spitfire
into a 100% Electric Vehicle. Our EV conversion can reach a top speed of
75 MPH and has a maximum range of 40 miles (of average city driving) all
with an overnight charge (8-10 hours) on a standard 110 Volt outlet. We
completed the entire conversion for under $10,000 including almost $2,000
of restoration work, all in about 8 weeks.
For more information on this project please visit
Triumph GT6 Mk3 race car
I did a lot of work porting the cylinder head to make the engine rev so
freely. The stock Exhaust ports are
originally are nearly square. The Exhaust headers have nearly round ports and a
lot of material had to be removed from the head casting to match the two. I
also cut off the bottoms of the Exhaust guides, although I do not think this
makes a big difference. The intake is also port matched. I was a bit
concerned about the huge amount of material removed from the head around
the Exhaust ports, but so far we have
about 8 races on this engine and it has performed superbly.
The brake lines on this GT6 are copper nickel alloy. Please visit my
website to purchase a kit for your Triumph
What we did over the winter: Added a much stiffer rear spring, welded up
the differential, Increased the size of the engine crankcase breather
substantially, removed the drive shaft and had it balanced to perfection.
Also we got a new set of light weight wheels
To purchase Cunifer copper nickel brake line kits for your Triumph Spitfire
or GT6 contact me.
This is Triumph
Like many auto companies, Triumph started out making bicycles but like the
others found a new life in the four wheel world.
Known mainly for its sports cars the company also produced family cars but
it was the roadsters that got the attention.
Unfortunately, the company dissolved along with the rest of British Leyland
and the brand's name is now owned by BMW.
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Practical Classics Magazine: Triumph Spitfire group test
Practical Classics Magazine. Journalist John Simister road tests a group
of five very different classic Triumph Spitfires at a soaking wet
Bruntingthorpe proving ground in the UK.
Models include a standard Mk1 Spitfire, a car fitted with a Renault engine
taken from an old Renault 5 GT turbo, a
Macao racer replica and a Le-Mans spec Spitfire.
Featured in the July 2011 issue of Practical Classics Magazine.
Filmed in high definition on the Panasonic AG-AF101. Produced and edited
4age Weber Sidedraft Carbs
Just installed setup, needs some tuning.
40mm Weber Carbs
TRD intake Manifold
TRD 272 cams
TRD Valve springs
Carter fuel pump
Holley fpr set at 4 psi
Static timing at 32 degree btdc
V8 Triumph Spitfire on Rolling Road
Triumph spitfire with chevy 350CI V8 putting out 337BHP with 376 Ib/Ft of
torque. For more detail have a look at the website -
Vintage Racing Crash Roll cages are good
This is Mark with Zapata in second place of the last race at Roebling Road.
Listen close and you can hear his rear axle snap. At that point he can't
do anything but hold on. Mark is fine. This is a good reason to over
build safety into any racecar.
We are making a Documentary movie about vintage racing. Go to
www.vintageracingtoday.com for more info. It comes out Summer 2012.
We are following six drivers from Nashville for a year making a film about
Vintage Racing. Mark the driver in this video is one of those drivers. Go
to www.vintageracingtoday.com to see the movie trailer.
The Triumph Motor Company was a British car and motor manufacturing
company. The Triumph marque (trade-name) is owned currently by BMW. The
marque had its origins in 1885 when Siegfried Bettmann (1863--1951) of
Nuremberg initiated S. Bettmann & Co and started importing bicycles from
Europe and selling them with his own trade-name in London. The trade-name
became "Triumph" the year next, and in 1887 Bettmann was joined by a
partner, Moritz (Maurice) Schulte, also from Germany. Beginning in 1889 the
businessmen started producing their own bicycles in Coventry, England.
In November 1944 what was left of the Triumph Motor Company and the Triumph
trade-name were bought by the Standard Motor Company and a subsidiary
"Triumph Motor Company (1945) Limited" was formed with production
transferred to Standard's factory at Canley, on the outskirts of Coventry.
The pre-war Triumph models were not revived and in 1946 a new range of
Triumphs was announced, starting with the Triumph Roadster. The Roadster
had an aluminium body because steel was in short supply and surplus
aluminium from aircraft production was plentiful.
In the early 1950s it was decided to use the Triumph name for sporting cars
and the Standard name for saloons and in 1953 the Triumph TR2 was
initiated, the first of a series that would be produced until 1981.