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Title: R5 track car project
Post by: R5_FIN on 19:50, Tue 08 January 2013
Hi all,
thought I'll share my project here. I'm turning my old R5 into a track car so I can take it to the track and have some fun. It's not an original GT turbo, unfortunately.
Any comments, ideas and suggestions are welcome.

Here it is getting disassembled.
(http://i1287.photobucket.com/albums/a639/R5_FIN/2012-11-05-178_zpsafbbcf55.jpg)

Engine coming out.
(http://i1287.photobucket.com/albums/a639/R5_FIN/2012-11-20-217_zps5dbbd27e.jpg)

The engine.
(http://i1287.photobucket.com/albums/a639/R5_FIN/2012-11-25-240_zps256dba6a.jpg)

Disassembled.
(http://i1287.photobucket.com/albums/a639/R5_FIN/2012-11-22-232_zps6c0608f3.jpg)
Title: Re: R5 track car project
Post by: R5_FIN on 20:02, Tue 08 January 2013
Making new parts.
(http://i1287.photobucket.com/albums/a639/R5_FIN/2012-12-02-261_zpscea9723b.jpg)

Strenghtening the body.
(http://i1287.photobucket.com/albums/a639/R5_FIN/2012-12-08-005_zps42c3f77b.jpg)

(http://i1287.photobucket.com/albums/a639/R5_FIN/2012-12-08-007_zps6baca8eb.jpg)

The rear end is in pretty bad shape.
(http://i1287.photobucket.com/albums/a639/R5_FIN/2012-12-16-016_zpsdaad0eda.jpg)

Rear plate removed. I ordered a new plate.
(http://i1287.photobucket.com/albums/a639/R5_FIN/2012-12-30-023_zpsdb27ef33.jpg)

Found a surprise inside the rear wheel well. Same thing on the other side also.
(http://i1287.photobucket.com/albums/a639/R5_FIN/2013-01-02-030_zps5235185c.jpg)

And almost fixed.
(http://i1287.photobucket.com/albums/a639/R5_FIN/2013-01-03-031_zps6b7a4318.jpg)
Title: Re: R5 track car project
Post by: Ash-Lee on 20:06, Tue 08 January 2013
I've seen a few examples now with the inner rear aches rotten away.  :(  I dare not dig at mine at the moment.

What plans are after you have finished the bodywork?
Title: Re: R5 track car project
Post by: R5_FIN on 20:31, Tue 08 January 2013
After the body is fixed I'll start building a roll cage. I'm not going to put any interior in the car, trying to get very light. The engine has got around 200 bhp at the moment so if I get the car's weight well under 800kg it should be quite fun on the track.
Title: Re: R5 track car project
Post by: 5teve L on 14:55, Thu 10 January 2013
Do I spy EFI as well ?

200 on a track should be plenty if you concentrate on the handling side of things ;)

While the lump is out seam weld the subframe for a start, then polybush anything you can.
Title: Re: R5 track car project
Post by: R5_FIN on 16:21, Thu 10 January 2013
Yes you spy correctly. I made new intake and exhaust manifolds, so it has indeed four point injection. I can take a better picture of the engine. It still has the original ignition system but that I will replace with a wasted spark system.
My plan is to concentrate on the handling side so polybushes and a track suspension kit is coming.
Title: Re: R5 track car project
Post by: R5_FIN on 18:16, Thu 10 January 2013
Here's a couple of pictures of the engine.

(http://i1287.photobucket.com/albums/a639/R5_FIN/2013-01-10-044_zpsd3bc9e78.jpg)

(http://i1287.photobucket.com/albums/a639/R5_FIN/2013-01-10-045_zps061a5766.jpg)
Title: Re: R5 track car project
Post by: R5_FIN on 20:05, Mon 14 January 2013
Some new body parts installed.

(http://i1287.photobucket.com/albums/a639/R5_FIN/2013-01-13-054_zpsed955f0e.jpg)

Original Renault spare, fitted like a glove!
Title: Re: R5 track car project
Post by: Ash-Lee on 21:21, Mon 14 January 2013
Nice work.

It's amazing what is actually still available from Renault.  8)
Title: Re: R5 track car project
Post by: R5_FIN on 20:58, Tue 22 January 2013
Done some welding in the rear
(http://i1287.photobucket.com/albums/a639/R5_FIN/2013-01-19-059_zps867a108d.jpg)

And I removed the windscreen
(http://i1287.photobucket.com/albums/a639/R5_FIN/2013-01-22-061_zps26036bbb.jpg)

Also done a lot of cleaning, trying to get the rust protection stuff off (don't remember what's it called in english). Starting to regret that I did not just take the body to get sandblasted...

Hopefully next week I can build the body rig so I can rotate the body and get started working on the bottom.
Title: Re: R5 track car project
Post by: Ash-Lee on 22:41, Tue 22 January 2013
Quick progress.  8)  

Is there no rot around the windscreen? Mine has fallen apart quite bad in that area.  :(
Title: Re: R5 track car project
Post by: R5_FIN on 09:59, Wed 23 January 2013
Actually I was a bit surprised myself, the windscreen area is in excellent condition!
Title: Re: R5 track car project
Post by: 5teve L on 10:59, Wed 23 January 2013
Nice work !
So did your car have a carburetta or was it Efi before ?? If it wasn't, what throttle body & ecu are you using ?
Title: Re: R5 track car project
Post by: R5_FIN on 16:47, Wed 23 January 2013
Thanks. It had a carburator originally. It was a standard 1.4  R11 turbo engine, so it's actually the same engine as in R5GTT. The throttle body is from a Renault Megane and the ecu is megasquirt.
Title: Re: R5 track car project
Post by: R5_FIN on 17:26, Wed 30 January 2013
Fixed the front bumper mountings area on both sides. Still need to make the actual bumper mounting brackets but for that I need a bumper to get the brackets in the right place. Hopefully I'll get the bumper this weekend.

(http://i1287.photobucket.com/albums/a639/R5_FIN/2013-01-26-063_zps07307e0f.jpg)
Title: Re: R5 track car project
Post by: GerryTT on 21:28, Wed 30 January 2013
Quote from: "R5_FIN"

(http://i1287.photobucket.com/albums/a639/R5_FIN/2013-01-10-045_zps061a5766.jpg)

Hi, I almost have the same inlet  manifold :mrgreen:

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v218/renault/008-2.jpg)
Title: Re: R5 track car project
Post by: R5_FIN on 08:27, Mon 04 February 2013
Hi, looks very similar indeed. Is that self made also?
Title: Re: R5 track car project
Post by: GerryTT on 19:08, Mon 04 February 2013
Quote from: "R5_FIN"
Hi, looks very similar indeed. Is that self made also?

No, I had a company build it for me.
It did 200hp @1,1bar.
The whole system is for sale now as I'm building me a F7P turbo.
Title: Re: R5 track car project
Post by: R5_FIN on 14:20, Sun 24 March 2013
Been really busy with other stuff but now I finally got the body mounting thing (what ever it's called in english...) ready and the car mounted to it.

(http://i1287.photobucket.com/albums/a639/R5_FIN/2013-03-24-119_zps4ca17a38.jpg)

(http://i1287.photobucket.com/albums/a639/R5_FIN/2013-03-24-123_zpsadb9f9d5.jpg)
Title: Re: R5 track car project
Post by: R5_FIN on 19:55, Thu 25 April 2013
Time to update the project here. I have come to the conclusion that the worst invention in history is RUST!

Removed the front jacking point, or what was left of it.

(http://i1287.photobucket.com/albums/a639/R5_FIN/2013-03-29-129_zps7c1fdda2.jpg)

New part installed.

(http://i1287.photobucket.com/albums/a639/R5_FIN/2013-04-20-144_zps23225e9a.jpg)

Looks nice...

(http://i1287.photobucket.com/albums/a639/R5_FIN/2013-04-20-146_zps868e7fe0.jpg)

(http://i1287.photobucket.com/albums/a639/R5_FIN/2013-04-23-148_zps7ddf9beb.jpg)

And the rear beam is fixed.

(http://i1287.photobucket.com/albums/a639/R5_FIN/2013-04-25-152_zpsff6b44dd.jpg)

Made a new part.

(http://i1287.photobucket.com/albums/a639/R5_FIN/2013-04-25-153_zps1919e97b.jpg)

Hopefully this weekend I'll get the new sidesills welded so I can move to the other side where the same work awaits...
Title: Re: R5 track car project
Post by: timotei1980 on 18:00, Mon 10 June 2013
That looks good.

Are you doing the body repairs yourself or is a bodyshop doing it?
Title: Re: R5 track car project
Post by: R5_FIN on 17:10, Tue 25 June 2013
Thanks! I'm doing it myself. The project is not really moving forward now because my company decided to send me to Germany for 6 months...
Title: Re: R5 track car project
Post by: R5_FIN on 15:09, Tue 06 May 2014
Hi all, I've been a bit lazy on updating this thread but the project itself has had some progress.
Some pictures about the progress:

The center tunnel seams streghtened.


(http://i1287.photobucket.com/albums/a639/R5_FIN/WP_20140202_002_zps8b4cdf18.jpg)

Making the mock-up of the roll cage. I brought the mock-ups to a company that measured them and then bended the tubes from the correct material.

(http://i1287.photobucket.com/albums/a639/R5_FIN/WP_20140213_001_zpse590c4ed.jpg)

The roll cage is almost ready. Still missing the door tubes and one tube for the shoulder harnesses.

(http://i1287.photobucket.com/albums/a639/R5_FIN/WP_20140310_001_zps57f7c0d9.jpg)

Finally all the rust work is done! The underneath of the car is now painted with epoxy, the seams sealed and the underbody protection sprayed on.

(http://i1287.photobucket.com/albums/a639/R5_FIN/WP_20140421_001_zps718fae8b.jpg)

(http://i1287.photobucket.com/albums/a639/R5_FIN/WP_20140421_002_zpsdc48aca4.jpg)

(http://i1287.photobucket.com/albums/a639/R5_FIN/WP_20140421_003_zpsdc676f3e.jpg)

(http://i1287.photobucket.com/albums/a639/R5_FIN/WP_20140425_001_zpsd9045043.jpg)

Got the biggest chassis components sand blasted and painted. The smaller parts I can sand blast and paint in my garage.

(http://i1287.photobucket.com/albums/a639/R5_FIN/WP_20140427_001_zps35ae5f04.jpg)

(http://i1287.photobucket.com/albums/a639/R5_FIN/WP_20140427_002_zps98418afc.jpg)

I decided to modify the rear wheel arches a bit to get a little more space for the tires. I used this wheel arch roller.

(http://i1287.photobucket.com/albums/a639/R5_FIN/WP_20140428_002_zps871e458a.jpg)

And here is the result:

(http://i1287.photobucket.com/albums/a639/R5_FIN/WP_20140430_001_zpsde884b00.jpg)

Yesterday I took car down from the body stand so it's now on axle stands. I need to finish the roll cage and get the car ready for paint. I'll try to be a bit more active with updating this thread...