I am working with a local high school to convert a 1980 Triumph Spitfire
to electric power. Part of the competition includes an autocross
competition. The web site used by event organizers for last years
competition is linked below.
The finished project should be at or near original weight and weight
distribution. Peak HP of the installed motor will be around 100 hp.
Torque will be significantly more!
We are planning to use the stock drive train from the bell housing back,
including clutch. It may be possible to run the car in a autocross
event without shifting gears, but we aren't sure, so we went with the
clutch. It will also help absorb the torque from the motor, protecting
the rear end. The transmission in the car has an overdrive.
Can you advise on any drive train mods that will help ensure
durability. We don't plan on drag racing the car, but we suspect the
rear end is our weak link. Rules will allow us to make substantial
modification. Someone suggested a Datsun 510 differential, but they
hadn't seen it done and didn't know if it is a valid suggestion.
We would also appreciate any suspension mods, suggestions etc. Have
thought some about coil-over shocks on the rear.
Please don't come back and tell us how we are ruining a classic! This
car was DEAD!
Any suggestion would be appreciated! Thanks for your help!