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 Post subject: Newbie with a Mk2 Swift Rally Car
PostPosted: Tue May 19, 2015 2:33 am 
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Hi Guys,

I'm Chris, I have just signed up to the forum as I have recently bought / rally a MK2 Swift GTI. Some of you may know the car - It was my fathers (Andy), I know he was/is fairly active on the Swift forums. He has now retired from rallying (maybe just temporarily!) so as soon as the opportunity came up then I jumped at the chance to buy his car from him.

I have done 1 rally in it so far which was a mixed success - we went for a test and were setting top 10 stage times (in a field of 75 cars which included some very quick Ford Escorts, etc). I snapped a driveshaft on the 5th stage which dropped from 6th overall & battling for the class lead to well down the field. The shaft was replaced in service but unfortunately on the following stage the bonnet came up and cracked the windscreen meaning we had to retire. I was happy with our pace during the stages so am confident to really push on the next event.

The car is highly modified, decent cams, bottom end, worked head, throttle bodies, etc all built by a company called Toovey Race engines in Cannock. It runs an SQS racing 5 speed dog'box and combined is a fantastic bit of kit. It has a full multi-point WRC spec T45 Custom Cages roll cage fitted, GAZ coil-overs all round, Wilwood 4 pot brakes, as well as the other associated parts required for rallying. It has had a massive amount of development put into it and it really is a fantastic little car.

Future plans include changing the ECU to an OMEX 600, Launch control, full Stack dash, strengthened driveshafts and some Carbon Fibre goodies.

Frustrating bit is I recently had an accident at home involving an Angle grinder and my left inner thigh - 3 days in hospital and it will be around 6 months until I'm back up to full strength means I probably won't get a chance to use the car again this year!

Anyway, thanks for reading through the above, any questions then please ask, inbetween time, please see some pictures attached.

Thanks, Chris.


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 Post subject: Re: Newbie with a Mk2 Swift Rally Car
PostPosted: Tue May 19, 2015 5:44 am 
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Welcome Chris :D
Very sharp car =D>

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 Post subject: Re: Newbie with a Mk2 Swift Rally Car
PostPosted: Tue May 19, 2015 7:41 am 
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That looks like one well sorted machine!
Sorry to hear about your angry grinder bite, they do take a while to heal.

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 Post subject: Re: Newbie with a Mk2 Swift Rally Car
PostPosted: Tue May 19, 2015 11:40 am 
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Hi Chris, welcome to Redline, I don't think Andy was on this forum but he used to pop into Teamswift from time to time with tales of woe, flywheel bolts coming off and breaking his previous gearset etc etc, the driveline in these cars is definitely the weak point.

Before you go and get new thicker driveshafts made have a browse around this forum and consider upgrading to the 'Large Frame' gearbox and drivetrain because there's very good odds on you breaking the inner CV's once you have thicker driveshafts.
The bigger box is stronger, has a bigger diff and bigger inner CV's, not a straight swap but pretty close, of course it means changing flywheel, gearset and lsd, expensive I know but so is DNF'ing.

Your car still looks good, sporting an extra breather on the cam cover since I saw it last.
The old bonnet flying up is a bit scary sometimes, had 2 over the years :oops:

Sorry to hear about the grinder incident :shock: look on the bright side, more time to spend on this forum!


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 Post subject: Re: Newbie with a Mk2 Swift Rally Car
PostPosted: Tue May 19, 2015 5:31 pm 
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welcome chris was your dad swiftmotorsport ? i met him a few times nice fella good to see its moved down the family car looks really clean considering its a rally car lol

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 Post subject: Re: Newbie with a Mk2 Swift Rally Car
PostPosted: Tue May 19, 2015 5:37 pm 
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Very Tidy car, looks ready to run.

Keen to hear of how you go with it!

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 Post subject: Re: Newbie with a Mk2 Swift Rally Car
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stevegti2 wrote:
welcome chris was your dad swiftmotorsport ? i met him a few times nice fella good to see its moved down the family car looks really clean considering its a rally car lol


Hi Steve, yes my dad is swiftmotorsport, I'll pass on all of your regards, thanks for nice comments. All of the hard work is down to him (except the decals!)

Please see link for incar footage from a stage of the rally we did - excuse the bloody mirror being in the way and also our minor incident at around 7 mins. Without this then we would have been 3rd fastest overall. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UesR3aewomQ

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 Post subject: Re: Newbie with a Mk2 Swift Rally Car
PostPosted: Wed May 20, 2015 6:31 pm 
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Interesting rally stage, very technical,good driving there. nothing like our Australian East cost forrest rally.

How many km is that rally?

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 Post subject: Re: Newbie with a Mk2 Swift Rally Car
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SOBIL wrote:
Interesting rally stage, very technical,good driving there. nothing like our Australian East cost forrest rally.

How many km is that rally?



Hi SOBIL, the rally was around 90km long and was broken down into 10 stages. It's quite a well known rally venue in the south of the U.K. and is known to be quite technical and very slippery. They hold 3 rallies a year there - the last one is this weekend which I was going to do but can't :cry:


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 Post subject: Re: Newbie with a Mk2 Swift Rally Car
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Awesome that they can run it so often! is there gravel events in the UK as well?

Also just looking at your cooling system.. Is that a vw pressurised reservoir?

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 Post subject: Re: Newbie with a Mk2 Swift Rally Car
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SOBIL wrote:
Awesome that they can run it so often! is there gravel events in the UK as well?

Also just looking at your cooling system.. Is that a vw pressurised reservoir?


There are Tarmac and Forest championships in the UK, we are kind of spoilt for choice really.

Yes the radiator is from an Audi 80 2.0 and the header tank is VW/Audi, never had an issue with it getting to hot on events.


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 Post subject: Re: Newbie with a Mk2 Swift Rally Car
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Well, as I'm able to hop around on one leg I have made a start on a few bits for the rally car. Old ECU and loom has been taken out and sold, new ECU and custom engine loom is on order. My Race Technology dash has arrived (http://www.race-technology.com/dash2_2_31.html) so today I took the original binnacle out, trimmed up the dash surround, made a cardboard template for the backplate (which will be in carbon fibre) and retro fitted it to see how it would sit. Cant wait to get it in and setup!

The carbon floor tray for the drivers side has arrived but needs a bit of trimming first before its bolted down as it sits very close to the clutch pedal. I have also made contact with the company who make the dog'box and they can do some updated shafts for it for a very reasonable price. I have been in contact with AT Power throttle bodies too this week who are looking at designing a set of purpose made throttle bodies for the Swift engine. I am waiting for the design and pricing to come through.

Please see pics of the latest (as well as a sideways moment from the last rally I did!)


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 Post subject: Re: Newbie with a Mk2 Swift Rally Car
PostPosted: Sun Jun 07, 2015 5:44 pm 
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That looks awesome!

IS it pretty easy to configure?

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 Post subject: Re: Newbie with a Mk2 Swift Rally Car
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I'll tell you how easy it is once it's fitted SOBIL! I have already downloaded the software on my laptop and it looks straightforward enough.

I'm after a new inlet manifold gasket if anybody has one or can point me in the right direction?

Thanks

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 Post subject: Re: Newbie with a Mk2 Swift Rally Car
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Sweet looking Swift mate and a nice set up you have there CB.

What type of TB are you using and where are the pipes to feed it some cold air?

Cheers Swift RS

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 Post subject: Re: Newbie with a Mk2 Swift Rally Car
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Swift RS wrote:
Sweet looking Swift mate and a nice set up you there CB.

What type of TB are you using and where are the pipes to feed it some cold air?

Cheers Swift RS


Thanks very much. They are GSXR600 bodies (43-38mm taper). I'm currently having a new inlet manifold made at an angle so that I can run longer trumpets /ram pipes to gain a bit more torque.
Air feed comes from slots in the bonnet. On the front edge you will notice a black intake, this channels cold air through directly on to the bodies. Also, if you look on the red stripe on the bonnet you will see 2 cut outs. The cut out 'flaps' have been angled down onto the bodies too.

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 Post subject: Re: Newbie with a Mk2 Swift Rally Car
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A couple of latest updates!

Dash now fitted, just need to wire it all up. Carbon sill plates fitted and I have modified the front bumper and fitted a small front number plate (I have kept the standard size on for MOT purposes!)


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 Post subject: Re: Newbie with a Mk2 Swift Rally Car
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Today's job was fit the modified inlet manifold (angled up for more clearance) fit the throttle bodies back on and fit new trumpets. It should bark well now!


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 Post subject: Re: Newbie with a Mk2 Swift Rally Car
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Looking good.

How much torque are you getting with the new setup


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 Post subject: Re: Newbie with a Mk2 Swift Rally Car
PostPosted: Sun Jul 26, 2015 10:28 am 
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Car looks awesome!

What ecu are you using and how are you finding the racetech dash?

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