i squire, would like ot discuss this with you. thanx guidoSquire said:Hi, I spoke to a few companies a little while back about making Cobra bodies. The bodies were stupidly cheap, about $7000 for the mould then $700 for an FRP body. They could even do Carbon ones for $1250. This is a business I would still love to attempt but, I don't know much about the chassis and electrics.
I even found a company that could replicate engines, gerboxes and diffs. Send me a message if you are keen to talk about the possibility of a JV.
The fact you know some people in China with mechanical knowledge means nothing, the biggest problem you will face is the xenophobic attitude by the western world with Chinese made products, all kits I have seen in China falls way back on western standards and only usable as beach buggies, if that. China has a very protective car industries , to make a kit car viable in China it must be able to be licensed.Hi I'm Danny originally from Barbados I live and study here in Chengdu China. Doing an bachelor degree in Vehicle Engineering. I know this post is a bit old but I came across it when I was considering the idea of designing and building a kitcar here in China. I would have to agree with Raton on the point of chinese not being mechanically sympathetic or even knowledgeable but I do know some who are, I work part time at a local race team and some of the people I have met in the racing scheme here are very knowledgeable and passionate.
I have recently been designing in my spare time a kitcar based loosely on the Sylva Riot ( because of its simple clean design, ease of manufacture) that would use most likely use an MG or VW 1.6/2.0L engine as they are easily sourced here in China. My issue is that I keep having to remind myself that cars, no matter the function are a status tool here in China and no matter how good they are with out a popularly know name on them might not be easily accepted... In the western world we take a car, especially a racing or sports car not at face value so much but on the driving experience. They are also guys here who could definately afford to build there own Caterhams, Westfields etc and not need it as a daily driver but the ones who would have a car just for the sake of having something to drive and not be able to have other ppl see it often are very few.
I will continue to work on my design and maybe by year end I hope to have a completed design and proposal ready.
Are you still pursuing this project?