Thursday, July 19, 2007

Objective: Shock and Awe

At the beginning of our blog, we showed pictures of different cars that inspired this project. One thing that all the cars had in common was their lack of a windshield. This car isn’t going to be a 200mph top end car. It doesn’t have the greatest climate control known to man. So is there really a need for a full size windshield? We certainly didn’t feel there was, so off it went. Removal was a several stage process. Before we could begin, we wanted to take some measurements from the stock windshield to see where our cut down wind kick should be trimmed to.
With that squared away it was time to remove the glass.

The next step was the big one. Cutting the windshield frame is almost irreversible so we started off with a small saw to try and be precise.

Unfortunately we need this car done for LOG27 not LOG127 so we brought out the big guns.And minutes later…
With the windshield gone, the next step was a no brainer. It’s time for another test drive!
The view with no windshield is incredible!

With the old windshield off, all we need is to have the new wind kick cut so that we can mount it and trim the rest of the windshield frame down accordingly. Unfortunately, we will have to wait for that. In the mean time, the cage is due for some paint.

Normally the roll cage of a car is more of a subtle detail rather then a key focus point when it comes to the cosmetics of a car. In this case Burke Built Motorsports did such a good job with the cage that we wanted to paint it a color that would really make it stand out. Once again our passion for motor-sports gave us some inspiration from a place that most people might not have thought to look.

The Ducati Superlight not only has a name that mirrors our project, but it also has a color scheme that is a little out of the ordinary and still looks incredible on both the bike and our Spyder.

Painting the cage white also made the cage look like a spider web. Every good Spyder needs a web!

Windshield Weight Removed= 28lbs.

Next week we will be working on some down force so that our feather light Spyder doesn’t blow away!