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December 2004

My cunning plan since the summer has been to sell the Westfield, the Ultima and the Evo, buy a cheaper car for work, a nice sports car for the road and then build myself another track car. So what was wrong with the Westfield? Nothing, it was great fun, but I want something that's a bit more aerodynamic, has a bit more grunt, better suspension etc. Also one which will get past more noise limits!

The Westy went in August, the Ultima's gone, my Evo VII has also now gone. Which means one side of the garage is looking a bit empty.

I've narrowed down my search, and to some extent it's guided by the RGB race series and my experience at trackdays. I think the next car will be either a Fisher Fury or a Stuart Taylor Motorsport Phoenix. Both are derived from the same origins and look similar, from what I can glean the Fury may be a little larger which is fairly important to me. Both Martin Bell at the Kit Car Workshop and Ian Gray at Stuart Taylor have been really helpful in responding to my email queries and I hope to be having a look at both cars in the near future. I'll be going up to the Autosport show again in a couple of weeks where I'll be able to see at least one of them.

Haven't decided on what engine yet, but I don't think it'll be a Fireblade this time. The Yamaha R1 is light and has a good power output, but the Suzuki Hayabusa, although heavier and more expensive, has more power but importantly quite a bit more torque. There are also loads of tuning options for the Suzuki and lots of experience with it in kitcars.

February 2005

OK, so it all came together eventually. I collected the 911 GT3 on Christmas Eve, and it's now well and truly run in. Truly an awesome car, some pics and info on this page.

I had a look at the Phoenix chassis at the Autosport show, and it really is very narrow. The tunnel is offset and the passenger side looks too narrow to get a seat in there. Had a chat with Martin Bell at the show and arranged to visit the Kitcar Workshop the following week

The first thing to check when I visited was the chassis size, and it's really quite a lot more roomy than the Phoenix. Had a good look around a couple of partly built Fury's and sat in a couple. We decided I don't really need any chassis modifications, I just need to make sure I get the pedal box assembly mounted as far forward within the chassis as I can, in addition to raising the steering column a bit. I want to use a QR steering wheel, and when the slug's welded on the end of the column I can get a couple of inches extra on there too which will bring the wheel out away from my knees a bit more.

Had a chat with Martin about the engine choice, and he definitely favours the R1 - cheaper, lighter, simpler installation. He was generally very helpful, knows what he's talking about and leaves you feeling you can trust any recommendations he makes. I ordered a chassis, paid a deposit and now can't wait to get going on the build. I should hopefully get the chassis mid March, and finalising the spec with Martin is under way. I'll get a new build website going soon ...

April 2005

OK, here we go with the new site: New FuryBusa Site

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