I recently considered purchasing a Renault Twizy for commutes, but was put down with the price, the battery lease, and performance factors.
Now, as far as I know, this isn’t a forum about “Electric Vehicles”, but rather about Twizies, so I guess I can post this topic (Admins, correct me if I’m wrong)
Anyways, I’m currently financially dependant, but what I hope to do, is purchase this rolling chassis and planting a petrol engine in it, or an LPG.
Supposing I could plant a 'Busa motor into it, and then prop it up to 400BHP, that would make this have a wicked power-to-weight ratio
Here are some images:
What I was thinking of installing was a racing steering wheel, like the ST8956SWD
For the engine, there are bunch of options such as a 'Busa engine, available on eBay here.
For the seat (singular, not plural, the rear seat space will be taken up by a fuel tank, battery, engine, and electronics), I have chosen a Kevlar racing seat from Corbeau
Now, for my design, here is a brief description of my idea:
Single seat, shifted forward from standard position.
Rear seat taken up by fuel tank, engine, ECU, battery, wiring, exhaust
Piping to front of Twizy, plug for re-fuelling (hole in the front will allow refuelling like a normal car)
Gears displayed on the steering wheel, paddle shift.
Dash panel replaced
Upgraded lexan windows with doors
Candy Purple paint (not decided yet, might go with Chameleon wrap, or British Racing Green)
Now, I need to know one thing: the dimensions/weight of the motor, the batteries and where they are located and how easy it is to get to them, regardless of warranty