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Old 07-10-2009, 04:29 AM
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Hi Warren,just wondering how the progress on your 540 is going,i see peters busy doing a few tests on seatbelts and parking lights at the moment.Im just getting around to fitting the heatshield into the car.

Hi Michael,hows the painter getting along with your car,should be close to the finish line now,how bout a couple of progress pictures on the car in the paint shop.
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Old 07-10-2009, 03:18 PM
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Paul what do those 540's weigh compared to a Cobra, for example? They are certainly becoming very popular.

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Old 07-10-2009, 09:53 PM
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Merv,no where near as light as the original cobra shape.The body,chassis unit is around 400kgs,heres some info:
VEHICLE MANUFACTURER : DRB
MODEL : 540 ROADSTER
YEAR OF MANUFACTURE : 2008
CHASSIS No/VIN : SC540-01
TEST DATE : 19/9/2008

LOAD & DIMENSION DETAILS.

Standard Vehicle Unladen Weight 1500 kg

Number of Seating Positions 2

GVM 1650 kg

Vehicle Track Front 1580 mm. Rear 1620 mm

Wheelbase 2520 mm

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Jezzus there bloody heavy.
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Old 07-10-2009, 10:05 PM
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yeah bit of weight,but a lot bigger car,as boxhead said doors are about as big as his front guard. suppose they make a good sunday cruzer.still go alright but
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In all reality there a pig, even if i dropped my alloy blocked boss engine in one it'd still be awfully heavy and handle like a boat.
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Old 07-10-2009, 11:19 PM
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I am sure there is lots that could be done suspension-wise to lighten and stiffen the chassis, if needed. My WRX STi was 1350kg and it handled pretty well.

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Hi Paul,
Not much happening at the moment due to work committments, but I hope to get back into it in a couple of weeks. If I can get the parts I require I hope to have it painted by Christmas.

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In all reality there a pig, even if i dropped my alloy blocked boss engine in one it'd still be awfully heavy and handle like a boat.
A bit harsh.

At the double lane change testing earlier this I heard the handling of the DRB540 made a lighter popular V8 powered kit car, which was also doing the same test, look pretty ordinary.

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BLWNCOBRA,you have driven one of these then,wished i had the chance to drive one and be able to comment truthfully on how they handle.6-8 months time hopefully i will be able to let you know.

Hi Warren,
work sure does hold up the progress on projects mine is still untouched as of work committments also.The heatshield arrived yesterday as well as the tank.lights andcarpet are ordered and the primer,etch and materials are on there way so trying to take 4-5 weeks holiday and hopefully put a dent in the build time.
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dont know about the bf but the ba air bag sensors are across the front of the vehicle

i have been told that ford supply a blank to fit in both the steering wheel and passanger dash and when i inquired about this was never told that i have to run anything for the computers to read - yes there are three computers that talk to each other and the motor and box will run with only the ecu (engine bay comp) but it has to have the internal switches turned off as its not looking for the other two

now i dont know about other states but as i said in an earlier post here in w.a. the licensing group (dept planning and infrastructure) will not let me license a modified or kit car with working airbags (even if they seem to be set up correctly) unless i have the certificates and what ever (this means that the manufacturer or other needs to setup and crash an amount of vehicles at a.d.r standards) that under the proper situations they are going to work 100% correctly

maybe drb sportscars have already done this
I am in Country WA, Have ordered my DRB and have the Donar car sitting in the shed. Can someone please help with who I need to contact to start the build and get it registered etc.
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I've ordered my DRB, got my donar car, built my dream shed and am trying to find out how to register to build and license the thing. Would you know anyone to talk to regarding getting the DRB540 registered in WA as know on seems to know. thanks.

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At the double lane change testing earlier this I heard the handling of the DRB540 made a lighter popular V8 powered kit car, which was also doing the same test, look pretty ordinary.

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Pure propaganda. Why do they even bother. They are talking about an RCR-40 as we shared the track for lane change testing. I will quite happlily put an RCR-40 up against a DRB540 on the track with same HP, same tyres, same driver. But it's pretty obvious the vehicles are designed for different purposes. Actually I will put up any RCR against any DRB of the same spec. As manufacturers we have both taken different engineering approaches and as a result different performance outcomes and most likely appeal to different types of buyers.

We don't even support the Boss 540 engine in any RCR due to the weight, size and location penalty associated with it. But as stated above our vehicles are designed with different goals in mind.

But don't take this as a slur on the DRB 540, it's built for a specific purpose and specific market. One of the key designers & builders of the 540 kit now works for RCR, so we know more about the 540 than most.
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thanks ac-460

had a talk to battens performance tuning and drp today

talked with battens about their inlet manifold which is similar design to mine but lower (a shame seeing mines already flowed and match ported to the heads)







and drp about their kit and the possibility to have them raise the scoop to accommodate the charger setup under and they will look at it for me , they have asked for pic of the motor and height dimension

so all the gear i have that was going to go in to the 77 fairlane may go into a drp-540



now to work out which path to go down

now heres another question are you guys running the air bag setup in the dash ??
i was told buy the licensing group over here in w.a. that i could do the fairlane but
a. had to run emissions
b. no moving parts of the charger out side the bonnet
and c. unless i could prove the proper/safe working of the air bags they had to be removed - ie crash a few with the evidence the airbag system worked correct in that vehical
Finally someone from WA. I've ordered my DRB, got my donar car, built my dream shed and am trying to find out how to register to build and license the thing. Would you know anyone to talk to regarding getting the DRB540 registered in WA as know one seems to know. thanks.
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Pure propaganda. Why do they even bother. They are talking about an RCR-40 as we shared the track for lane change testing. I will quite happlily put an RCR-40 up against a DRB540 on the track with same HP, same tyres, same driver. But it's pretty obvious the vehicles are designed for different purposes. Actually I will put up any RCR against any DRB of the same spec. As manufacturers we have both taken different engineering approaches and as a result different performance outcomes and most likely appeal to different types of buyers.

We don't even support the Boss 540 engine in any RCR due to the weight, size and location penalty associated with it. But as stated above our vehicles are designed with different goals in mind.

But don't take this as a slur on the DRB 540, it's built for a specific purpose and specific market. One of the key designers & builders of the 540 kit now works for RCR, so we know more about the 540 than most.
And when you're finished with the RCR you can flatten it like an empty Coke can and put it in the recycle bin like a responsible person should.... Sorry just stirring....
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And when you're finished with the RCR you can flatten it like an empty Coke can and put it in the recycle bin like a responsible person should.... Sorry just stirring....


If it wasn't for everyone recycling those aluminium cans, there wouldn't be any RCR and DRB 540 chassis material.
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