Project RocketBooST kitcar build

A photo diary of our Ford Fiesta ST180 powered Exo Rocket kitcar build.
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Our new Exo Rocket chassis, not painted. Although Exo Sports Cars adapted the engine bay to mount the 1.6 EcoBoost engine we may have to do some extra modifications to accommodate the extra cooling requirements of the engine.

Our new Exo Rocket chassis, not painted. Although Exo Sports Cars adapted the engine bay to mount the EcoBoost engine we may have to do some extra modifications to accommodate the extra cooling requirements of the engine.

Our Ford Fiesta ST180 1.6 EcoBoost donor engine being cleaned and freshened up before we fit it. The engine came from an accident damaged and had some broken components car so we will have to replace the necessary parts, plus we changed the head gasket and timing belt.

Our Ford Fiesta ST180 1.6 EcoBoost donor engine being cleaned and freshened up before we fit it. The engine came from an accident damaged and had some broken components car so we will have to replace the necessary parts, plus we changed the head gasket and timing belt.

Yokohama Parada 195/50/15 tyres, should be a perfect mix of dry grip while still being able to cope with the changeable Scottish weather.

Yokohama Parada tyres, should be a perfect mix of dry grip while still being able to cope with the changeable Scottish weather.

Fox FX004 15x6.5" alloy wheels

Fox FX004 15x6.5" alloy wheels

A case of "out with the old and in with the new" this week on #ProjectRocketBoost We removed the rear crossmember and torque mount for 2 reasons; 1. It wasn't in the right place since we moved the engine, and 2. It wasn't straight as it was made from 2 separate pieces of tube. We now have a new 1 piece crossmember and new clevis for the torque mount with a revised design to give better rigidity. Next job, sorting out the gearbox mount with a different, stronger, lighter design.

A case of "out with the old and in with the new" this week on #ProjectRocketBoost We removed the rear crossmember and torque mount for 2 reasons; 1. It wasn't in the right place since we moved the engine, and 2. It wasn't straight as it was made from 2 separate pieces of tube. We now have a new 1 piece crossmember and new clevis for the torque mount with a revised design to give better rigidity. Next job, sorting out the gearbox mount with a different, stronger, lighter design.

The engine now sitting temporarily in place so we can mock up the the coolant lines and charge cooler pipework plus check the driveshaft alignment with the suspension.

The engine now sitting temporarily in place so we can mock up the the coolant lines and charge cooler pipework plus check the driveshaft alignment with the suspension.

Our 1.6 EcoBoost engine, complete with custom hybrid turbocharger, freshly rebuilt and ready to be installed in the Exo Sports cars Rocket chassis.

Our EcoBoost engine, complete with custom hybrid turbocharger, freshly rebuilt and ready to be installed in the Exo Sports cars Rocket chassis.

This week we installed the M-Factory helical LSD into the six speed transmission.

This week we installed the M-Factory helical LSD into the six speed transmission.

Wilwood adjustable bias pedal box and master cylinders.

Wilwood adjustable bias pedal box and master cylinders.

Our new Exo Rocket chassis, specially adapted by Exo Sport Cars to fit the 1.6 EcoBoost engine.

Our new Exo Rocket chassis, specially adapted by Exo Sport Cars to fit the EcoBoost engine.

Our adjustable Protech dampers

Our adjustable Protech dampers

Black Diamond grooved rear brake discs

Black Diamond grooved rear brake discs

VibraTecnics engine mounts.

VibraTecnics engine mounts.

The Specialist Components ecu and injector drive module we will be using to run the engine, allowing us to custom map the engine to its full potential.

The Specialist Components ecu and injector drive module we will be using to run the engine, allowing us to custom map the engine to its full potential.

The custom made wiring loom and Specialist Components ecu and injector driver we will be using to run map the engine.

The custom made wiring loom and Specialist Components ecu and injector driver we will be using to run map the engine.

Custom made grooved front brake discs

Custom made grooved front brake discs

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