Awesome history angrychap. How did it drive?
very loose in the back, as you'd expect, but awesome in a straight line. It was extremely uncomfortable, because the way the chassis was built (we bought it with a built tube chassis), both the driver and navigator sat on a slight angle, facing toward the centre. The steering shaft is on more of an angle (to clear the front suspension), and actually comes over the drivers left knee. The chassis was designed to house a proper lambo gearbox, and was easily 600mm wide. This took up too much room in the cab, and because we used a renault box the tunnel is virtually empty, but we couldnt change it without rebuilding the entire chassis. We had to lower the drivers side floor lower than the chassis to enable Steve to get in it. Visibility was shocking, and being scratch built for racing, it didnt have a heater, or wind down windows. This was ok until it rained (it rains a lot in tassie) and the car used to fog up....and its a lot of windscreen to try and reach to wipe. We tried V8 style window ducts with Ford Escort dash vents stuck in the end, but they had limited success. We later installed a heater.
As for reliability.....To start off with it used to shear off drive shaft bolts, had a lot of overheating issues (we actually put a third radiator in to try and help), and the exhaust caused a few issues melting other things. On its roll out debut, ABC TV was there to film it (they did a documentary on it). Steve rolled it out, left it idling for about 30 seconds, and then a radiator hose blew. Huge bang, cant see the car for steam, and the cameras kept rolling....wasnt a good feeling.
Couple of silly facts - the passenger side window has a perspex flap in it, so the navigator could hand the targa officials the paperwork without having to open the door. To get into the car, you had to poke a biro into a hole on top of the door, as we couldnt figure out how to mount a door handle. The rear wing is a single piece of stainless steel, hand beaten and molded into shape by my old man. It was scaled off the instructions to a 1/24 model of a lambo, and mocked up in carboard on my mums kitchen table.