When the design of this chassis is complete, full plans will be published. However, I started this design with a chassis bought on Fleabay. Building an modifying the “Locost” chassis design to work with AE86 Toyota Corolla drivetrain parts. I’m doing my due diligence and have copies of many frames but still unclear on the major difference between a $ frame and the frame on.

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Mon Dec 31, 6: Caterham vs Locost Frame. Mon Jan 05, Does anyone have pictures of the Caterham’s for a side by side comparison? The caterham is smaller and lighter and has evolved since the 60’s and generally locos been strengthed over that time. Haynes and Tanner’s books, have good pictures of the Locost. Probably missed this someplace in the forum’s but tried. If price locosst be compared it must be against what Caterham would charge for just the frame, not the entire car.


Build this mid-engine Locost! Designing mid-engine cars using FWD drivetrains, http: Tue Jan 06, Tue Jan 06, 1: Tue Jan 06, 2: SkinnyG, so that’s 11k plus shipping, ouch.

What is the construction and weight comparison? KB58 The forum members are excellent on the sharing of improvements to the book chassis and allowing newbie’s to follow along with their projects.

Learning much more than the books provided. Try googling “My Caterham” I think that site has really good pictures of the Caterham chassis. Caterham, by the way, bronze welds their chassis using a machine controlled gas welding process.


I don’t have a side to side comparison pictures, but there were a few comparisons on the Locostbuilders. I know that some later Caterhams have an aluminum honeycomb floor. A locost frame is easier to built then a Caterham frame, so it’s just normal chassi the frame will be cheaper, and actually a complete locost frame is more like and there not even skinned.

Look at ebay frames, they’re not complete You still need to finish the transmission tunnel, add the supension brackets, transmission mounts, motor mounts, clean it, paint it, and put on the aluminium In the end the Locost, the Haynes and the caterham are chadsis different looking cars with different specs and a different target market. You need to decide what is it you really want, and for what purpose.

Also ask chaseis self what kind of a build do you want, from designing every single bracket to just bolting the pieces together.

Locost chassis build

Thats probably the biggest part of your due dilligence Tue Jan 06, 3: You can download a Caterham frame example from the Google Sketchup site.

One notable thing about it is that the driveshaft tunnel is better tied into the rest of the frame at the front and rear. Also the rear frame around the differential is a lot more complex. Tue Jan 06, 4: Complicated doesn’t even begin to describe the rear end: For a loccost pic, http: Tue Jan 06, 5: I find the British sense of humor so enjoyable – but what do they think of yanks? Tue Jan 06, 7: Here’s a pic of the front half of that same car – http: IIRC it is the only Caterham that has double wishbone suspension in the back and the only one with inboard shocks in the front.


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I believe that the new Caterham frames are now robotically MIG welded and that all the tubes are laser cut, within a. The Caterham is one of the very few clubman frames that has a creditable FEA analysis performed on it, which resulted in a design that has three different size tubes loxost 5 different gages. Most locost builders probably did not even buy two different size gages of tubes. I would bet a lot of the builders that purchase a frame, find that out the hard way.

Most builders will tell you a full frame takes some time, Dave W.

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