By Michael Costin
This can be a ebook concerning the chassis layout of racing and activities automobiles.
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Extra info for Racing and Sports Car Chassis Design
Having decided upon the wheelbase and front and rear track of the car, the approximate frontal area and over-all shape, the next step is to plan out as nearly as possible the exact positions of all the main chassis tubes, placing them so as to obtain the largest possible section through the structure while providing location for all the major brackets. It is also necessary to design all brackets to take their respective 22 THE PRINCIPLES OF A TRUE SPACE FRAME loads into the chassis in the most advantageous manner, as is shown in the accompanying drawings of suspension brackets (fig.
This cal/ be ul/bolted, cOlllplete wilh the feor cross member, ( 0 allow the el/gil/e al/d gearbox to be removed as a single tlJlil Rear-engined sports/racing car: the Lotus Nineteen. Note the two" perfo ra ted-hoop " bulkheads and the triangulation of the top fram e of the engine bay by a Y-shaped diagonal; note also the very good lock of the f rolll wheels 19 SPACE fRAMES AND UNITARY CONSTRUCTION CHASSIS brakes, but this means that the mountings for the rear suspension units must be offset even more than is necessary to clear the drive shafts.
In addition to acting as a major structural member, the scuttle hoop also provides mountings for steering column, gear lever, seats, instruments and brake and clutch reservoirs. The hand brake is mounted on the top diagonal tube just forward of the hoop. 38 SPACE FRAMES AND UNITARY CONSTRUCTION CHASSIS From the scuttle hoop rearwards the chassis side rails run, virtually parallel, back to the engine bulkhead. As on the Formula One car, this centre section is braced on only five sides, and with the greater width of the sports car becomes relatively less stiff than on the single-seater, but the rigidity of the front and rear sections compensates for this and gives the whole chassis adequate torsional stiffness.