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|February 27, 2003
One year after their announced plans to build C & D Sports Racing cars, Merloy fits Al Unser Jr. for his custom seat in the prototype Merloy. Mike Merloy reports:
car is nearly complete and should come together this weekend. Al Unser Jr. was fitted with a custom seat this week and we are scheduled for track testing and set up next Tuesday and Wednesday the 4th
and 5th of April. Once sorted out we will start assembling car for sale.
July 1, 2002
Mike Maloy reports:
There has been great progress on the DSR project, at times it seems that we're spinning our wheels and getting nowhere, but when we stand back and consider
the immensity of the project we realize that we have come a long way.
|February 27, 2002.
Merloy Racing of Albuquerque, New Mexico, proudly announces plans to manufacture C & D Sports Racing cars. Construction of the prototype chassis is currently being completed, with track testing expected to take place in mid-March. The initial Merloy chassis was designed solely as a formula car for a high performance driving school. Early considerations were made during the design of the chassis, however, to accommodate bodywork for both a formula car and a sports racer. Manufacture of the first sports racers can take place once the commitment for school cars has been fulfilled.
Partners in Merloy Racing include:
The chassis consists of TIG welded tube frame construction with a narrow roll hoop. All round tubing, brackets and suspension pieces are fabricated using 4130 steel. All aluminum parts are fabricated using CNC machined 7075-T6. The suspension utilizes A-arms and pushrod rocker arms at the front and rear. Shared uprights that are used at both the front and rear are a feature that was incorporated into the design not only to reduce production costs, but to reduce operating cost and spare inventory. A spare inventory of all components of the chassis, suspension, and other machined components will be kept in stock by Merloy Racing at all times. All parts are engineered so they can be duplicated to exacting specifications. Every stage of the production process is accomplished using precision jigs for repeatability. Damaged chassis can be returned to Merloy Racing for repairs to original specs.
The school formula car will be powered by a rear/mid mounted Kawasaki ZX-11 motorcycle engine driving a Taggart/ Taylor limited slip rear differential via chain. DSR cars will also use the ZX-11 engine, but will be sleeved to reduce the displacement to 1000cc. In the future, other engines will be accommodated with a simple change of engine mounts, as the engine is not designed as a structural component of the chassis. A custom final drive, featuring a belt rather than a chain, is planned for the future.
The sports racer body will consist of a three piece Audi style design made with pre-impregnated fiberglass. The car will have a diffuser (tunnel) and a rear wing with an adjustable front splitter to balance down force. Aerodynamic testing will be carried out on the track during the prototype stage to measure the overall down force, center of pressure, and pitch sensitivity. This testing will be accomplished using strain gauges, pushrods, and ride height lasers, and employing a PI data logging system. Wind tunnel testing will be scheduled as necessary.
The sports racers will initially be sold only as a turnkey, ready to race. Rolling chassis are planed for the future. The actual weight of the car is unknown at this time. No price was made available at the time of this release.
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