To place the engine in the rear of the Eclipse, the entire front subframe of the car was effectively recreated in the rear of the vehicle. Once that was done – and a dummy steering rack was welded in place to keep the rear wheels straight – the rest of the suspension just bolted on as usual. Yes, if you’ve ever wondered what a non-directional steering rack looks like, take a close look at this steel bar pictured above. The engine then got some light tweaks such as a new intake, headers, tune, and it now produces over 279 horsepower at the wheels.
Now, going that far would be enough for most people, however, James says he’s far from done with that project. Speaking of overfeeding, had said that “before [the swap] it was a maybe. “Now, however, that seems like a certainty. Twin K04 turbochargers or a larger PT6266 are both on the table, as are a host of other mods, many of which are aero.” A flat floor, fender, and splitter,” all are considered for the project, and James even uses aerodynamic simulation software to find an optimal solution to make everything work together.
As if that weren’t enough, the Canadian has also made progress in selecting the right suspension setup for the car. He compared several different coilovers from various manufacturers – and even some production sports cars – in order to get the ride. such. Once that’s all figured out, he says, the car should be something really special. And if you’re curious about ditching the front engine for a two-motor, all-wheel-drive Eclipse, know that good physics was paramount to James. Two-motor cars are fine, yes, but it would be more of a frankencar compared to the good tracked machine that interests this amateur engineer.
Needless to say, we’re excited to see the final product, although James has already tested the car at an event hosted by Falcon Autosport near Kitchener, Ontario. Ice racing is not his primary intention, although he was smart enough to keep the heater going. Either way, this thing already looks like an absolute riot. In just a few months, he tells us, enough progress will be made to test the car on a good track. If only Mitsubishi today had as much ambition as our new friend from the frozen north.
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