Mid engine, single seat vehicle.
Built from scratch. (not a Kit)
How this car came to be:
Three years ago my wife left Des Moines for Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She was driving a 1994 Chrysler LHS. She had her trusty cell phone and she had triple "A" (gold) with 100 mile towing. There was only one slight problem, there was a slight water leak in the cooling system. My twin sons were riding with her. They were eleven. My sons told me the story. According to them trouble started about twenty miles from Des Moines. That's when the red dash lights and bells started. She answered those warnings by pressing down harder on the accelerator. Later the car answered back with a loud knocking sound. She stomped harder on the gas.
"Half a league half a league,
Half a league onward,
All in the valley of Death
Rode the six hundred:
'Forward, the Light Brigade!"
Then the knocking sound and the vibration seemed to double. "It sounded like two drummers having a drum battle" according to one of my sons. I noticed a sort of glazed look in the eye of my other son. He said there was a lot of smoke coming out the back of the car.
"Theirs not to make reply,
Theirs not to reason why,
Theirs but to do & die,
Into the valley of Death
Rode the six hundred. "
I asked my wife why she didn't use the cell phone and triple "A" gold towing option. It seems that because we had all been to her sister-in-laws funeral the day before, she just knew that the dead woman's spirit would get her through this difficulty. So she just gave it a little more gas and pressed on.
"Cannon to right of them,
Cannon to left of them,
Cannon in front of them
Volley'd & thunder'd;
Storm'd at with shot and shell,
Boldly they rode and well,
Into the jaws of Death,
Into the mouth of Hell
Rode the six hundred. "
Finally, they did get the Cedar. But the car didnt quite make it all the way home. When the little lady slowed to leave the interstate at the Cedar exit, the car died and could t get up.
"When can their glory fade?
O the wild charge they made!
All the world wonder'd.
Honour the charge they made!
Honour the Light Brigade,
Noble six hundred! "
I found that I could sell the car to the junk yard for $150. Repair it, or get really upset about it. So I repaired it. While repairing the engine I found that it had a single overhead cam with roller rocker bearings, four valves per cylinder, and hemispherical combustion chambers. Also it had a very short transaxle and the engine was positioned for to aft, not side to side. I was going to just put the car back together (I really was) but with the engine / transaxle sitting on the floor I realized that I was looking at something very similar to a formula 1 power plant. That's when I decided to design and build a mid-engine, single-seater. It's a work in progress and probably always will be. It has been fun to design and build, and even more fun to drive
(I would imagine).
Neil's Car Works!
Neil built this car - literally - from the ground up! This video shows him
driving it for the first time. Dane and I are soo proud of him (the video
August 24, 2009.
Dane is 2 years old, mommy is 9 months pregnant, and daddy's car works!!
Midlana Dyno Run
Official Dyno run for
Midlana at Church Automotive. The result was a flat 300 ft-lb torque curve
from 3000 - 8000 rpm and 409 whp. This was with one of the two wastegates
not working, so Boost rose from 6 to
9 psi over the above rpm range. Boost-by-Gear will be implemented once she's
on the road.
Some people say that 409 whp on a Honda K-series is "lame", but what they
don't understand is that the total weight of the car - with me in it - is
roughly 1700 lbs. That's equivalent to 800 whp in a 3400 lb car (about what
a street car weighs), so it should be "enough." The car will be used for
the street and occasional trackday events.
Check out the on-going build on www.midlana.com, also check out my forum.
Once the book is done, you can build one, too, for about $10K!
Mike Ragonese Deserter GS 270hp Mid-Engine Street Buggy before body installed.
NOTE: Expand/drop down this text for links with answers to your questions.
This video is of the first time running my mid-engine Deserter street buggy
with Pat Downs 270hp turbo motor, before
the body got installed. Also check out my other videos of the completed
car. Go to this web page ( http://www.ragonesekitchenandbath.com/deserter
) for details and pictures of the entire build. Also go to my Shutterfly
page at http://www.mikeragonese.shutterfly.com/thedeserter for all the
photos taken during the build and after.
Stratos Being Built from Scratch
The Stratos, although a magnificent car, had many shortcomings, so in
designing the CORSE we decided to improve on the original. Watch one being
built from scratch.
VW GTI with 800hp mid-engine V6 turbo
Featured in the December 2010 issue of eurotuner magazine, check out this
incredible Golf GTI from 034Motorsport in Fremont, CA. It features a
mid-mounted single-turbo Audi S4 2.7T V6
with custom chargecooler and subframe plus Porsche rear end, Porsche
suspension and brakes all round. It also has a custom widebody for the
Porsche wheels. Dyno
runs have seen power in excess of 800hp. Read the full story in the
December issue or check out www.eurotuner.com
This car will also compete in the 2010 eurotuner GP, which will appear in
the February 2011 issue of eurotuner, and video will be available here at
www.youtube.com/eurotuner or at www.eurotuner.com
The making of DRD 'STALKER' Single Seater Hill Climb Car Holsworthy
Welcome to the making of the 'Stalker' .A budget priced race car, ideal
for speed hill climbs and sprints..built to specifications if required. 2
years of developing, one year of racing. LIGHTWEIGHT and quick.This car
weighs 284 kg.Does 0-60 in 3 secs. Using a standard 900cc engine.
It has had it's first season racing and achieved two 3rd in classes and one
2nd in class out of 12-20 cars. The ROlling chassis, for self building, is
now being manufactured in a starter kit. Smart, well made and easy to
assemble.Comes with steering,suspension(easily adjustable for different
tracks) and bodywork. Look out for our new website launching
soon..DRDSTALKER.co.uk. Feel free to leave any questions below. Thanks to
all my mates for their involvement over the last few years. It's mint!!
leave a question below.
Ray's single seater
Here Ray drives his home-made 1930's single seater race car around the
street for the 1st time.