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).
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.
Ford SHO mid engine RWD in a Fiero Redneck dune buggy
Initial Startup, running in the parking lot by my shop. A few donuts, a few
drifts and some straight line runs. A piss poor attempt to laying a patch!
My friends and I have spent over 400 hours building this car. It is caged
with race seats and harness belts. I plated the chassis and completely
rebuilt the back end of the frame to suit my driving needs! I used the
subframe from the Taurus SHO and modified it to fit the Fiero. I also
plated the subframe and added a 1/2" thick aluminum skidplate! This baby is
built to drive the piss out of it! :D
It will be interesting when I start running exotic blends of fuel, as I am
only starting off with some 87 Octane fuel to start with here. More to come
I have an MTX and a auto Tranny I am willing to sell!
My Homebuilt A-mod
This is my Homebuilt, motorcycle powered, A-mod car. The car was originally
built by David Stamm and has had some revisions by myself to make it more
reliable. It has been sold and is no longer in my stable.
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.
Rhys Millen's RM460 - Mid Engine Genesis Coupe
Interview with drift champion Rhys Millen.
Rhys Millen Racing is building a mid engine car based on Hyundai Genesis
Coupe for SEMA show 2009. The interview took place in RMR shop in
Huntington Beach, California.
The background music is 'Hold You' by Ashoka Trance
D & P Car Project Part 1
This is our limited budget effort at creating a 'mid-engined' 2 seat sports
car for track day and occasonal road use. This is it's second incarnation
having been built as an off-road buggy initially.
With interesting cars being beyond the means of us common folk, we need
projects like this. Good luck and encouragement to any of you who are doing
something similar. Oh and cheers to the wives, girlfriends and partners out
there that let us get away with soooo many hours in the garage.
Ray's single seater
Here Ray drives his home-made 1930's single seater race car around the
street for the 1st time.
Sand rail crash and rescue at Dumont Dunes 2012
During a dune run this driver couldn't see the witches eye before it was
too late. this was his first time ever driving a sand car, and his first
time out in this car he built himself.
No major damage, just the Tie rods pulled out and bent upper control arms
on the right side. It took a long time to dig and pull this car out
though... it's a heavy beast. Very cool car though.
Midlana, first engine start
First engine start of Midlana, my interpretation of what a mid-engine Lotus
7 would be. turbo 2.4 liter Honda,
though turbo is not installed for first
start. You can build one, too: www.midlana.com.