Scoot On Up There, Short Stuff!

Per
Update by Per Schroeder to the LeGrand Mk 18 project car
Nov 6, 2008

This FIA-approved padding was an easy way to get our drivers' feet to reach the pedals.

While our car was originally made for one of its current drivers, subsequent owners had changed the seating area to fit their particular body shapes.

The LeGrand features a seat positioned in a semi-reclined formula car style. While our car was originally made for one of its current drivers, subsequent owners had changed the seating area to fit their particular body shapes. We weren’t able to reach the pedals in the most recent configuration, even with our butts scooched all the way forward in the chassis.

For now, some added padding has us sitting in the right place. We sourced some FIA-approved safety padding from BSCI’s Web site and added it to the seat-back area. Now we can easily reach the pedals.

With a proper seating position taken care of, we can now see just how much fun the car is to drive. Unfortunately, we’ve got a small private road with no real area to turn around. This has lead to some odd little test drives that are punctuated by our driver getting out of the car and pushing it into the right direction.

That said, this thing scoots. We can’t wait to try it out at an autocross and start improving it. Well, first our drivers have to get used to its speed. Then we’ll start fiddling.

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billy3esq
billy3esq SuperDork
11/7/08 5:53 p.m.

I'm really looking forward to some editorial on this. I'm having sport racer envy.

Per Schroeder
Per Schroeder PowerDork
11/7/08 5:56 p.m.

It's certainly hard to beat the bang for the buck. About the only thing that is close is a shifter kart, and those don't have the sound of a sportbike a real suspension.

I should have action photos and maybe even onboard video on Monday.

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