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  Talk me out of this idea
Posted by: morini - 04-04-2020, 11:32 AM - Forum: One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest - Replies (12)

As some of you might know, I’ve always harboured a desire to build my own kit car. Ever since my teens I’ve had this long term plan to build myself a Caterham 7 but never really got there because, just like everyone else, real life gets in the way. Anyway, I’m at a point in my life where I believe I can free up the time to commit to doing it but because of various factors (not least the uncertainty with this covid pain in the arse) I don’t want to be sinking in the huge amount of cash required for a new Caterham kit. Even the most basic ones are bloody expensive!

So, plan B – lower my sights and build something still fun but a lot cheaper. Been looking at the MEV Exocet for some time now (lurked on their forum off and on for years) and I really fancy having a go at one.


Mazda mx5 based so donor cars are cheap and plentiful, though springtime isn’t usually the best time to buy them for cheapest. Also they are simple cars so even if they need mechanical work (generally the engines are bulletproof) the parts are out there to keep them running. I’ve seen a suitable donor mx5 advertised locally for not much cash. MOT failure failed for rusty sills (which obviously will be skipped anyway) and I’m sorely tempted to buy it if the guy selling it can deliver. Don’t have a car with a towbar and don’t know anyone with a car trailer so this is going to limit my options for sourcing a donor.

I made a list of pros and cons.


  • Cheap way to build a summer fun road / track car
    The donors can work out dirt cheap as a lot of the unused parts can be ebayed. Comprehensive Exocet kits are then about 6k after VAT. I reckon you could build a stunner for well south of 10k
  • A great builder community forum with helpful people who seem very willing to offer advice and support
  • Plenty of options for performance tuning the Mazda lumps as loads of peeps race mx5’s (supercharging / turbocharging are options down the line)
  • Opportunity to learn and make mistakes on something that isn’t costing 30 Grand plus! I’d class myself as mechanically savvy, spent much of my younger years tinkering with old cars and bikes but I’ve never done a kit car. Reading the previous build threads on the owners forum there is plenty of scope for invention and solving various problems your own way. I like that kind of thing
  • I’m just about still young enough to have a go
  • The government are hell bent on screwing people's enjoyment of internal combustion vehicles, so it could be "now or never"
  • The kit is not exactly a looker. It isn’t a Caterham 7, that’s for sure!
    This isn’t a big con for me as I’ve never been a vein bugger. Besides, no car is going to look pretty with me sat in it!
  • I have limited working space (only have a single garage) and working on donor and new chassis at the same time will be impossible.
    That means I’ll have to do all the prep on the donor running gear before taking delivery of the kit. Wish I had a large double garage, but I don't
  • If I decide to do this I won’t see much of Mrs M
    Couldn’t actually decide whether to list this as a “pro” or a “con” Laughing
Come on then chaps, somebody convince me this is a stupid idea and I don’t want to do this.

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  Esports 2020
Posted by: Monster Hesh - 14-03-2020, 01:24 PM - Forum: Other Motorsport - Replies (23)

So, we all know whats going on. This is the year where sport could be saved by Esports, everyone can play from isolation.

To start F1 Veloce are holding a virtual Australian GP featuring RL Pro drivers.


Tune in at 17:45 GMT.

It can be crap to watch, but it's possibly all we'll have.

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  2020 Bahrain GP
Posted by: Monster Hesh - 08-03-2020, 10:44 AM - Forum: 2020 Race Threads - Replies (1)

The 2020 Bahrain GP will take place behind closed doors.


No crowd shots : D

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  It's not over yet snake!!!
Posted by: Jody Barton - 04-03-2020, 10:25 AM - Forum: F1 General Discussion Board - Replies (10)


So everyone not a Ferrari powered team is not happy. As I understood it the teams have been informed of findings, or that's what the FIA intimated at the time, yet this statement seems to contradict that. Renault, Honda and Mercedes and all the teams are basically saying nope, this isn't on. I think the FIA are on shakey ground after the detailed findings they've published against RBR, McLaren, Benetton, Renault and yes Mercedes in the past. The difference being that obviously Ferrari "got away" with something for over a season, and now the FIA is not willing to publicly say what. Probably because the infraction should or could see Ferrari removed from the standings. I think the FIA will need to play this very carefully, I understand them wanting to keep it hush, hush... but if the other teams push it they'll lose if this goes to the international sport arbitration panel, because they've always made findings public before.

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Posted by: NeilP - 03-03-2020, 04:56 AM - Forum: F1 General Discussion Board - Replies (13)

I dont know if anyone has posted this so I apologize if I am duplicating but it is interesting as a video update on the work!


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  MotoGP Fantasy/Dream Team 2020 season
Posted by: Monster Hesh - 25-02-2020, 06:57 PM - Forum: Moto GP - Replies (11)

Ok lads, Fantasy league for the MotoGP 2020 season.

Sent invites, should be able to just follow the link in the email inviting you to join the league. If not, or for new players, the link below will get you to it.

Join my Dream Team - MotoGP head-to-head league MotoGP (F1)Banter and take me on for Season 2020! Join here:

Exactly the same format applies, except.
$50,000,000 salary cap
30 trades for the whole season.

Feel free to invite others.

Good Luck & Have Fun!

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  Fantasy/Dream Team 2020 season
Posted by: Monster Hesh - 25-02-2020, 06:40 PM - Forum: F1 General Discussion Board - Replies (11)

We compete again!

For those that were involved in the 2019 season league have had automatic invites to join the F1banter Dream Team League.

Should you be having issues, try the link below, or just shout and I'll help out as best I can.

New players

Follow the link, then register and you should be added to the F1 Banter league.

Join my Dream Team - Grand Prix head-to-head league F1 Banter and take me on for Season 2020! Join here:

Name your team. Lists in the league as team name, and real name below as "manager" (See note)
Budget $120m.
Buy 4 drivers, 4 Cars.
Select 1 driver as 'Captain' for double points (Highest driver automatically selected if you forget).
Unlimited trades for the first round, to get your team sorted. To trade: hover over the driver/car symbol, a red 'T' Icon appears click to initiate, trading.
Rounds "lockout" at the start of qualifying.
Results and round re-open usually the Monday after the race (unless there is an Australian holiday).
Totally of 30 trades available for the season.
2 trade maximum, per round.
Prices begin to fluctuate after the third round. Using the sites formula to calculate the price change, based on recent result and averages.
More details can be found on the right hand side of the screen under the '?' tab.
There is a comment section in the right hand section, if new to the league, introduce yourself there if you wish. There is no obligation to join these forums, though with Sky's limited comments enabling, here is the perfect place to be.
Emblem that's next to your team name, design can be changed. So get creative and show your colours!
You can use an alias for your name when registering.

Note, its still a bitch to change some details in personal details, mainly name, postcode and D.O.B. 
Just thought I'd give you a heads up in case you want an alias name instead of your real name.
Put "none" in postcode
Ignore Phone Number
Use any name you wish (keep it civilized)

  • Drivers and the teams get 4 points for every position gained from their qualifying position. If a top team driver is at the back of the grid for whatever reason, they could be in for a mega points haul if they make it up to the front few positions.
  • There is a 20 points bonus for fastest lap, this goes to the driver and to the cars.
  • This can be a money game. The more money you can make the better cars you can get. Notice consistently high scoring drivers and cars, check it against their avg scores. Some teams could be vied as investments. but as with investments, one retirement could result in a big price loss.
  • There aren't enough trades for two for every race, careful use in required (something I never learn).

I see no reason why we can't invite others from outside the forum.
If you can't issue those with the link above, just tell them to search 'sportsdeck', register, and under leagues put in the league code 881241

Any other questions, give us a shout.

Have fun folks!

Left the sticky thread open for posting. Keep it all in the same place.

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  Mercedes 2020 DAS innovation
Posted by: morini - 24-02-2020, 10:20 AM - Forum: Technical Talk - Replies (5)

So, we all now know the innie outie steering wheel innovation Mercedes introduced in testing 2020 will only benefit them for 1 season. The FIA rules for 2021 say (ripped from sky website) "the re-alignment of the steered wheels… must be uniquely defined by a monotonic function of the rotational position of a single steering wheel". As has been clarified, this was in the rules back in October last year, not introduced as a knee jerk to outlaw this years innovation. The fact it has been deemed legal for this year implies the "effect" of altering the toe angle by pulling / pushing the steering wheel is also legal.

My question:

What is to stop Mercedes simply using a different mechanism next year to provide the same effect? i.e. a button on steering wheel or a lever in the cockpit? Are there any specific rules to prevent them doing that?

The reason I ask is if altering toe angle does provide a tangible performance benefit (tyre warmup, tyre wear etc) then using a push / pull steering wheel is not the only way of activating such a feature. If it works well then I imagine Mercedes will want to keep it and all other teams would be coming up with a similar feature.

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Posted by: forzaferrari - 23-02-2020, 09:05 AM - Forum: One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest - Replies (9)

Best comment on social media this morning.....

How is Wilder gonna unlock his phone with face recognition after what Tyson Fury did to him?  Tongue


and even manages a sing-song afterwards

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  RP20 Vs W10
Posted by: Jody Barton - 19-02-2020, 10:13 PM - Forum: Team Gossip - Replies (7)

Look, I get what Haas have done with Ferrari, and to a lesser extent what Toro Rosso (now Beta Centauri) have done with RBR... but... do we think Racing Point have gone too far in buying last year's Mercedes and painting it pink? Seriously looking at comparison pictures it's bad, like, really bad. Even the barge board areas are the same, as are the bloody wheel hub / break assemblies.


There's loads more where that came from.

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