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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 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.


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

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

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.

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

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.

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.