Carbon fiber bonnet, trunk, hard top, cannards, door panels, center console, etc.mrqz wrote:Hi there, very nice - I also used to have a LiFePo4 battery (think of some 2kgs) in my Saab, but that car was sitting for longer periods and due to this...or possibly for some other reason - it only lasted 3 years before dying over a complete charge (think of smoke, some loud pops and quite some black yuck coming out).
Apart from that the battery itself is quite pricey (one could buy 6-8 regular lead batteries of the price) I'd not be tempted to put one of these in my PHEV as it could do nasty things to the even much more expensive PHEV's chitterlings as well. I'm primarily concerned about the mismatch of the charging current between the lead battery and the (much less Ah-rated) lifepo4 battery...
Apart from that - do you have a carbon fiber bonnet for that matter? Or only foil on there?
WOOOW you must be having a very light MX5 then Congrats on that. I always dreamed of a CF hood but the idea of having it custom made by a workshop, was always ditched in the end. These workshops reportedly couldn't make them with the vacuuming method - one that would make weight loss significant. Alternatively I was offered a custom fibre glass hood to be made - still offering a great weight reduction over steel.Bugalydosh wrote: Carbon fiber bonnet, trunk, hard top, cannards, door panels, center console, etc.
Agreed, and to think about the fact that the PHEV is out for the fifth model year, and the only real tuning option (well in the broader sense of the word) as yet is the lonely little PHEV Box, is a major upset for me. Much more niche cars used to have much more aftermarket/tuning options, but then it can be justified (more or less) with the uniqueness and relative novelty of the PHEV's technology.Bugalydosh wrote: I do think there would be a demand for aftermarket parts for this unique SUV and do hope someone starts developing or at least researching options.
BCbackroader wrote:My experience with my new 2018 SEL seems to be the opposite of yours. Which year/model do you have?
I find the stock suspension to be overly stiff, with very little lean in corners, and not nearly enough compliance or travel for even light duty off roading. I'd like to see a trail version, with about 3" more lift and suspension travel, and 2 or 3" larger dia. tires (more sidewall for flex when aired down). The OEM springs and shocks are brutal on the typical washboard/potholed forest service road, forcing drastically reduced speed to reduce the pounding.