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.
BAC Mono video review
New British car maker, Briggs Automotive Company, launches with the BAC
Mono - a high-tech single-seater. Powered by a 2.3-litre 230bhp Cosworth
engine, the £80k BAC Mono is the first serious attempt to produce a
single-seater driving experience for the public road. Read the full review
Ray's single seater
Here Ray drives his home-made 1930's single seater race car around the
street for the 1st time.
Car Crash Compilation # 2 : Street Racers And Drifters Crash
Car Crash Compilation # 2 2014: Street Racing Fails
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Fail...Compilation of some awesome super car idiot drivers crashing their
supercars and getting into to some horrible accidents.
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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.
How Thrust 2 became the world's fastest car, achieving 633mph in 1983
October 2013 marks 30 years since irrepressible British businessman Richard
Noble took back the world land speed record "for Britain", driving his
jet-powered Thrust 2 on Nevada's Black Rock Desert at 633mph.
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Since then, he has masterminded Andy Green's supersonic record with Thrust
SSC and now he and Green want to beat 1000mph in a new jet and
rocket-powered car called Bloodhound in South Africa in 2015. Here, he
talks about his achievements and explains how and why he's still going for
new land speed records to this day.
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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.
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!!