Project EXI

The building of a Marlin 5EXi kit car, using a Seat Leon 1.8T 20v Donor
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Sat May 5 12:45:22 BST 2012

First drive

Just got back from my first road legal drive :-)
All I can say is WOW, this car accelerates like nothing I have ever driven before. I pulled out onto the Basingstoke Ring Road, floored it and got pushed firmly back into my seat. I had to work through the gear box very quickly, next thing smoke is billowing out the back of the car !!! Fortunatly I knew straight away that the exhaust wrap recently placed to protect the fibreglass was bedding in, and burning off its oils. Phewww

Did a few laps of basingstokes ring road before heading back home with a grin across my face.
There are a few shakedown problems that need to be corrected.
Nearside stop/tail bulb fell out, and smashed. A new red 380R bulb needed.
Rear wheels hitting the underside off extended rear wheel arches. Need to remove some fiber glass from the underside, and/or reduce depth of wheel spacer to bring rear wheels, nearer the chassis

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