The excellent thing about Motorsport today is the access that fans can now get to the “behind the scenes” Engineering that goes into building a race car.
This is demonstrated by the Photos which have been published by Team Dynamics via Twitter of their new car build.
After a successful 5 years of campaigning the “FN2″ Honda Civic Type R Team dynamics are now building four 2012 model year Civics to the new BTCC Next generation Touring car regulations (NGTC), to be campaigned in the 2012 touring car season.
The NGTC regulations tightly defined specifications where control double wishbone suspension front and rear suspension has to be used by all vehicles regardless of there original layout
So what can we see in these photos? Lets take a look:
This photo has been during the shell preparation stage before the roll cage has been installed. Usually a team will start with a complete car and strip it down to the bare shell to commence a new build, However it is likely that as team dynamics are sponsored by Honda that they were supplied with bare “body in white” (BIW’s) straight from the Honda factory in Swindon where the Civic is built.
The photos indicates as expected team dynamics will be using the right hand drive variant of the civic.
The lack of sealant and noise reduction mastic on the seams of the shell indicates that dynamics have acid dipped the shells, this can save a few kilo’s. Weight saving with attention to detail like this can make a difference between a competitive car and a mediocre car.
Other things of note which I have highlighted in this photo are:
1, The surprising amount of the rear shell which has been cut away, The entire rear floor section including both left and right inner wheel arches have been drastically cut away this to make way for the new TOCA specification rear double wishbone suspension.
2, The front floor area has also been cut away, this is where the fuel tank on a road going civic is normally located (Which of course is not used in touring cars) this has probably been done to allow the drivers seat to be positioned lower, to help lower the center of gravity of the car.
3, The second hole on the passengers side has probably again been made to lower the floor and allow ancillary equipment such as the battery electrical equipment to sit as low as possible.
4, At first glance the position of this hole looks to be for the Left hand front air Jack but on closer inspection it looks to be positioned too far to the rear. for that, Its possibly to house the Engine Oil accumulator that dynamics use to guarantee oil pressure to the engine.
5, The additional seem welded Team Dynamics have carried out to the shell can be clearly seen. this is in addition to the standard spot welds which Honda use to construct the shell and is done to stiffen the shell as much as possible to reduce body flex.
Also we can see in this photo that the roof skin and the roof stiffeners have been removed, this will be to aid access for the cage installation and the roof panel will be re installed once the cage is complete.
One single photo can show a lot about the amount of engineering that goes into building a lattest generation touring car. The next step for team dynamics will be the roll cage installation….and Ill be back with my next post to see what photos of the roll cage can show us about Team Dynamics Engineering..