Its a slow day in my world quite literally watching paint dry, so heres where the Locost is at. Chassis wise nothing new to show as I've not had room to work for a little while, in the mean time theres been fiddling with design and trying to iron things out ahead of time. The most interesting of which is the body.
Deviating a bit from the first profile is some rough shading to illustrate how the curves interact and reworking the rear end for what I assume generates less lift. Aero is going to be important as this will have a slightly better p/w ratio then an srt Viper with gearing that tops out at 190mph if it dosent lift off beforehand.
This is the current aim using beetle glass for everything but the quarters, Volkswagon bus taillights, then standard 7" halogen headlights with 4" fog beams. The body will be formed of 18ga steel, why not Aluminum? Because there is no supply within 100 miles and Id need to invest in a proper ac TIG, plus itll always be easier to fix, modify, and paint.
Trying to figure out a good side "barrel" shape and width with the above and below examples. What is clear, is that venting behind the front fender is going to be necessary, the exhaust will run parallel to the footwell behind vented bodywork along the bottom of the side slab. But without sufficient air movement, perhaps from the radiator venting towards the sides, it may turn into a kiln.
Here is a bit of crude playing around to see what these shapes look like in practice, of note is that the Corvette wheels provide a rear track 2" wider then the target, and the wheels have to be replaced before the body begins. Many cars like this will use placeholder wheels with the same desired offset but I cant find what i need locally and am very specific about the wheel offsets.
Moving on to the interior, this has been difficult. There are at least 8 art pads filled to the brim with sketchs of cars and planes in my closet, there are very few attempts of an interior in all those pages. Nevertheless this is whats brewing.
While the cluster design isnt attractive the dash shape is a contender if only for its ease of manufacture. The padding around the footwell is a feature likely going into the car, perhaps using roll cage impact foam wrapped in auto Leather. (not sure on an interior color yet, but it wont be black)
This design has the gauges inset a bit with a shield for glare, the smaller gauges are also better oriented if we ignore the handbrake..... Speaking of which, Yes its in the dash because theres absolutely zero room elsewhere. While the exterior design will resemble whats shown above, the interior is very subject to change, none of what I've come up with is striking a chord yet.
And thats up to speed on the design, everything else is ruminations on interior color, what materials, which features, period correct-ish switchgear, blah blah blah. Should be back at it in a month, at which point a 3d model will also exist to help with the wireform buck.