This will be one big introductory post about my new rally car! I hope to keep a progress log about the car here on my blog.
So after hours of trudging through forums and asking everyone i could find about rally cars, i decided to buy a (mostly) ready-to-race rally car, i settled on a Hyundai Excel.
The excel won my affection for many reasons but mostly because it is a cheap(er) way to get into rallying. They are really reliable, readily available and parts (or even whole cars) are a dime-a-dozen!
The excel makes really good power for a 4cylinder engine and is quite competitive on the track. This particular car has had the standard single cam engine replaced with a twin cam engine for a bit more power.
The list of mods goes on and on for this car but the main features are:
- DOHC engine
- New Exedy heavy duty clutch
- Project U front brakes
- Braided brake lines
- Lightweight sump guard
- Reinforced exhaust
- Drummond Motor Sports (DMS) adjustable rally coilover suspension
- Pillow ball rear suspension mounds
- Front strut brace
- Seam welded
- Light pod with 4 x Cibie Oscars with HID conversion kits
- Excel series mag wheels painted toxic green to match the car
- Toxic green/black paint job
- Lightweight dry cell battery mounted behind seats
- Extensive weight reduction
- Zero offset satin black autotechnica steering wheel
- Very comprehensive cold rolled double walled roll cage painted toxic green to match the car
- Sparco Pro 2000 seats
- SAAS 5-point harnesses
- Brantz Laser 3 trip computer (soon to have a foot switch)
- Stillo WRC noise cancelling intercom
- Custom Taco dash with white gauges
- 2 x 1KG fire extinguishers
The car was weighed at Rally Vic last year with mud and ½ fuel at 972kg, (minimum weight 960kg for Excel series)
I picked up the car for $8500 from Victoria, looking at the work that has been done to the car, i saved a hell of a lot of money getting one that was already built!