On your lights issue, smaller numbers are viable through other suppliers, but remember the biggest issue is 'e' mark certification and testing, you should also check what some of after market manufacters can do, one or whether you can make a compasite lamp by using one of the SVC part units, and maybe a modified reflector or suchlike that fits next to it. testing alone would be in the many thousands of pounds.
I think Ozzie Dave has a point there about having some special lights made if you don´t find suitable units. It would cost a fortune to have them made, plus type approval, testing. etc
I have looked around too see if there is anything similar to your Porsche units and there isn´t a lot on the market. Maybe 1990,s Alfa units or 2006 Honda Accord ???
Have you thought of making your own custom units using off the shelf lights (E marked). This was popular a few years ago with Pontiac Fiero based kits. (like in the first photo)
You just make the lamp surround in fibreglass/plastic and add lights of your choice. And some smoked glass/perspex to cover them.
Brytec has some nice looking LED tail lamp units which I think are not too expensive and are just another idea.
I´m sure you already have a good idea what the rear will look like. Can´t wait to see the next development of the car.
Those badges look very good, I hope you do sell many kits. :-)
like the top one, make a GRP housing for it, one that could have a perspex cover fitted over the top that follows the curve of the car should the user wish (yes then it can be done after regestration). far lower cost and no issues with legality. In certification the lights are tested for beam dispersion I believe (which really is stupid if made of lots of leds as it should not be required) but its a way around the issue and a significant saving.
I would be surprised if cut down lamps passed as they would have been 'modiefied', from when they had their original certification.
Please dont take this as a critisim as its not meant to be, it looks great, its just trying to get something done when there may be a far cheaper option, and a cost like that could be recouped over a number of units, but why not turn it into profit earlier(as long as its not too bigger compromise).I did certifications on a charger cost over 8K, after making 500 units decided to change and required new set of certs, solution change a plug and the charger cost me $3 with certs already done by someone else!
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Cheers for the replies guys. I think it will be fine in the UK. As it just needs to pass the MOT. I'm not aware of the US or Aussie regulations. But I have a few contacts in both countries and will check it out. I'm running with the 996 rear lights for now. Hopefully they will be fine as the cluster is unchanged apart from the top indicator.
Hi - I posted about my Z3 based 'special' back on page 2. Just an update - it is now on the road. Still some detailing to be finished but I reckon a decent paint job and fitting the wire wheels (and the interior) are the last big jobs.
As you can see, the style is far more '50s than your more modern interpretation so I don't think they will be appealing to the same buyers, not that I am selling the kits.
With the front mold completed and the first molding made from that mold. We have now moved onto the rear.
This is a progress shot of the construction of the rear mold. It's nice and thick and constructed such that when the moldings are taken from it the one piece rear will include the rear light mountings and the boot lid returns to reuse the existing boot rubbers.
We should have the first molding made from this mold just after Christmas.
Things are moving along quite quickly now. There has been a news article in KIT CAR BUILDER magazine in USA and also the first rear moulding has been produced. I expect to start fitting them to the actual car early in January.
Then it's just a boot lid, mini front wings, bonnet light brackets and under skin.
Here is a hint of what the prospective Bertini Fastback coupe lines might look like. The fastback should share all the body panels with the roadster except the boot lid. This will mean roadster customers could convert their car to a fastback at a later date.
That's pretty much what I was thinking.
I like the addition of the central exhausts.
The coupe and roadster will be stand alone cars. They will just share the majority of the panels. This will mean a roadster owner can turn their car into a coupe. But this would be a pretty permanent change.
It is however my intention to make a removable hardtop for winter use. This will be more back swept than the existing Z3 hardtop but will still enable boot lid opening. It may be made with a 355/mr2 buttress style rear to enable more fastback lines and still allow boot lid opening.