It’s been a long month, but finally the subframe and chassis work is coming together nicely….
If you saw our last update, you’ll already be aware that we were neck deep in the complexities of wiring, batteries and fabricating the battery box. Well this month it’s been chassis and subframe work.
One of the first jobs was the removal of the fuel tank, as we obviously don’t need one! Nope, there’ll be no petroleum-derived liquid sloshing around in our R32. We’ll leave that to all those prehistoric motors that still run internal combustion engines. Jokes. We still love you really, good old petrol engines!
Next was fitting up the R32 to the Tesla subframe. To be honest, we really hoped it would fit without too much cutting. How wrong were we? Well, very, very wrong.
After cutting out most of the boot floor and lots of modifications to the chassis (oh and not to forget moving the strut tops to line up) everything finally fitted. That’s all in a day’s work (well, ahem, a week’s work) when you are doing these kind of crazy conversions.
We then added in a load of tubular work to strengthen it all. This thing needs to be strong. It’s going to have a hard life drifting.
Unlike the subframe, we were expecting the suspension to be a monumental pig of a job. However, we found out a set of Audi R8 coilovers fit perfectly in the Tesla suspension points. Winner! So we just adapted the strut tops to fi t and were sorted. A big thanks to PB Brakes for sending us a set of coilovers for the rear to test out.
As you can see from the pics, the wheels sit pretty wide. Well, very wide. So we’re now looking into how to accommodate them. Hmmm… Maybe a Rocket Bunny kit? What do you think?
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