production facility is in South Africa. They employ
hundreds of people, building several different kits. They
manufacture other unrelated things.
SPF MK III is sold only as a "Turnkey Minus": A complete car, painted,
interior'd, but without
engine and transmission. It even includes a top and side
curtains. Eleven colors are stock, with custom paint also
The quality and performance of the
product is generally regarded as very good.
Typically, a professional assembler installs the engine and
transmission, and (hopefully) does the final sorting.
(New Britain, CT, USA) sells kits, ranging in "completeness" from semi-basic
(still one of the most complete kits around) to an assembled kit.
We are very flexible: Every kit is individually
to your specifications.
kits that end up ranging from completely "street" to
completely "track". Because we
do the final assembly, there are few glitches that we haven't
across - and fixed quickly in our production process. Even
our basic kit is "well sorted".
chassis uses 100mm x
50mm x 4mm wall (Approximately
4" x 2" x 0.160") tubing for their main rails., narrowed at the rear so
they can drop their seat a bit. There are no tubes from the
structure to the front towers, which are not X-braced.
chassis uses 4" x 3" x .125"
wall tubing for its main rails.
The size and wide spacing is maintained almost the full of
and beyond. Extensive cross-membering, including an X-brace,
everything in to
very rigid structure. More
|The SPF tilts
E.R.A. tilts the
radiator back, like the
cowl is supported at the rear edge with tubing. I'm not sure
the rest of the body is supported, but since the inner panels are all
fiberglass and integrated into the outer shell, one might infer that it
is supported where the inner panels bond to it.|
The interior tub is
uses intermediate inner panels
underneath the skin to support
the outer shell by distributing the load onto only the hidden
and/or reinforced edges of the outside body.
The inner panels
supported by five lateral steel tubes, plus tubing at the rockers, plus
where the aluminum panels
attach between the inner panels and the
Wheelhouse panels are aluminum,
most of the
interior filler and floor panels. Only our footboxes are
fiberglass - because that's original.
are hinged on the cowl side supports, like the E.R.A., but their door
latches apparently float on the fiberglass body. Note how
the outside bottom rails are, and the lack of side protection where
mounts the door latches directly to the steel chassis outriggers.
That gives some backup to the steel framework we put into every door..
A 2" x 1" rail is
at the bottom, with a sheet-metal reinforced tube running just below
the door opening.. There's not a lot of side protection
with contemporary standards, but E.R.A. makes the effort.|
doors appear to hinge on the vertical chassis
but the latches must be attached to the fiberglass body.
appears to be very little side impact protection built in.||Our steel reinforced
doors are hinged
directly to the chassis, and our chassis also integrates the soft top
frame sockets. Besides the 2" x 1" rail that runs at floor
we add an extra tube just below the door opening for a little
SPF pedals (not
shown) are hung from the top, mounted on the footbox. Brakes
power assisted though.||The
directly from brackets welded to the chassis. The throttle is
hung from the footbox top on a steel reinforcement, like the original.|
|The Superformance roll
bar is mounted
on outriggers from the main rails.||The E.R.A. roll bar is mounted directly to the
|The SPF battery is
mounted in a fiberglass well behind the driver's side rear tire, in the
two (passenger's side) locations for the battery: |
the engine compartment in front of the footbox (standard "Street"
- In the trunk, above the rear suspension.
We install a panel that hides the battery and creates a
volume that can store stuff in.