Paul93Lotus Posted September 12, 2006 Report Share Posted September 12, 2006 The day this car was converted to race use was the day it was permanently bastardized. I don't know why people are so hung up on keeping the drivetrain the same....(?) There are only two things that matter in racing....money and having a competitive car. That being said, you need to get the most bang for your buck, and with a Chevy powerplant, there is definitely a lot of that. Recovering from a motor failure will most likely be a lot cheaper with the chevy powerplant. Your real challenge at that point will be to tune the chassis for the extra weight of the V8. What glory is there if you keep the four pot and are non-competitive? Yeah, there will be the few purists out there who are proud of you, but what you will really want will be at the top of the podium. Keeping the four pot competitive will require that you place it at the edge of reliability...something that is also VERY important in racing. Close analysis of the rules for the series you run in should also be done....having the V8 back there could place you next to some serious cars and you could be back to the situation you are in now.... just do what is necesary to give you a competitive ride, and the next step will be just mastering the car to victory. Also rethink the whole carb thing... you lose a lot of tuning flexibility that you have with fuel injection, not to mention accurate fuel metering. Set aside a couple grand for a nice fuel injection system on that V8. People should just applaud that you are keeping an Esprit out on the track. What powers it is really irrelevant as long as it makes the car competitive. Today, most race cars are really a former shell of their prior underpinnings. For some, the body profile is their only tie to the original car. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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