Besides still being readily available, Mazda’s little roadster has always been highly rated as a driver’s car, so there’s also a sound logic in using parts originally designed for one lightweight sports car to make another lightweight sports car.
The driving position is of course the classic race-car style ‘bum on floor’ job and looking through that heated screen down the long bonnet to the road ahead provides a stirring view that has you itching to fire it up and get on with it.Historic grand prix racer Chris Smith built that first car for personal use in 1982. Datingseite luxemburg Just like the original Lotus Eleven, Smith's replica featured enclosed bodywork, including faired rear wheels. Smith was encouraged to develop his design into a kit for other enthusiasts.A Snow Performance water/methanol injection system was fitted from the start to prevent detonation. A compact Odyssey PC680 battery has been relocated from the scuttle (here) to the passenger-side foot box. An intercooler has recently been added, as shown at the bottom of this article, but the water injection system was kept because it facilitates using substantially more ignition advance. (Note: we also have an "Aeroscreen scuttle" which we can swap in.
Westfield single donor
In 1983, Westfield Sportscars was officially launched.Westfield soon added a second car to their range, which they designed to closely resemble the bicycle-fendered Lotus "Seven" model.When Mazda was developing the MX5, it apparently went to great lengths to come up with an exhaust system that gave just the right note.Westfield by contrast simply hooked up its standard silencer to Mazda’s exhaust manifold and ended up with something that sounds better than any MX5 I’ve ever heard, the resultant deep throb sounding like it’s coming from something rather more potent than a standard spec, small capacity four pot.Consequently Westfield’s new red 1800 SDV demonstrator with the re-engineered chassis has the steering wheel an inch higher, and while this certainly provides more legroom it’s still not a car for the seriously large.
Westfield’s narrow high-back seats were clearly never designed for over-indulgent pie-eaters, while even with my average height I had the seat virtually back to the bulkhead, so I think anyone much over six feet tall will find it too cramped.
Over their twenty-five year history, Westfield has broadened their range to include a Rover 3.9L aluminum V8 engined version of the SE roadster, called "SEi GHT", various motorcycle-engined versions, and also a "sports racer" model of their own design, called "XTR". In December 2006, Chris Smith sold Westfield Sportscars Ltd. Potenza is a diversified engineering services firm that was incorporated in 2000 by managers formerly associated with Rolls Royce and with Lucas Industries. Smith and other members of the Smith family remain closely associated with the operation of the company. "FM" for "Flyin' Miata" (Bill's shop) The fiberglass body panels are molded in color, so their beauty is more than skin deep! Bill Cardell gives very exciting demonstration rides. - Editor) Bill's shop, "Flyin' Miata", continues to make continuous improvements to their Westfield and to use it as a testbed for performance accessories and options.
For the British home market, Westfield cars may be purchased as complete factory-assembled automobiles, or in various kit forms tailored to match available skills and resources. Westfield continues production and innovation from their factory in Kingswinford, (West Midlands,) UK. Line-X has been applied to the rear fenders to prevent stone chips. Our magazine is funded through the generous support of readers like you! (Paint is optional.) This car has the optional one-piece nose. Westfield provides threaded adapters so that their rack will work with Miata tie rod ends. (Radtec aluminum radiator is behind it, plus a large electric fan.) Facet fuel pump shown here is the low pressure supply to the scuttle-mounted swirl tank. Here are some more recent photos that Bill provided.
The current production rate exceeds 450 cars and car kits per year. To contribute to our operating budget, please click here and follow the instructions. Two-piece (nose plus bonnet) is standard equipment. (The high pressure pump for the fuel rail is mounted next to one of the motor mounts.) Standard fuel tank (here) is 7.5 gallons.
Modified 1999 Miata intake manifold, 550 cc/min low impedance injectors, free flow filter, custom plumbing. Black canister (left) is a swirl pot / reservoir for the fuel system. The Westfield kit is designed to use Miata donor parts, like uprights and brakes.