December 19 Weekly Open Thread
As usual, the back corner of the garage is reserved for hot chocolate and random conversing.
I recently discovered an interesting phenomenon: the "B.E.C." The acronym stands for "Bike-Engined Car," an entertaining bit of mad science in which a small, light subcompact is repowered with a large motorcycle engine. Fitting a relatively low-torque bike engine to a car in a manner that actually powers the drive wheels in a practical manner is a complex exercise in seat-of-the-pants mechanical engineering. It pretty much requires you to be a certified machinist with your own personal CNC machine--or at least know someone who is a certified machinist with a CNC machine, and who owes you some favors.
Some examples of BEC's include a Miata repowered with a Suzuki Hayabusa engine, a Toyota Starlet driven by a Hayabusa, and the "Angry Hamster," a Honda Z600 with a mid-mounted Honda Magna V-4 and an RX-7 suspension, built to run at a a 24 Hours of LeMons race.
--Cookie the Dog's Owner