We’re getting closer. The Enfield is starting to look more Hot Wheels than cold custard. It’s hard to believe looking at these pics, but we’ve tried to keep the Enfield as close to its original design as possible. Take the rear suspension for example – it started off as a solid axle with a four-link system.Now? It’s still a solid axle with a four link set-up, albeit much more heavy duty. The rear axle is now housed by a tubular steel frame that’s tied into both original chassis and roll cage.
Equally, the twin motors will be living in the same space occupied by the original motor – inside the transmission tunnel. This has been widened to accept the fatter motor casings, and more serious mountings were advised. And let’s forget the motors are still direct current (DC), just like the original was.
I showered my keyboard with coffee the first time Webster Race Engineering emailed me the wheelie bar photo. It really made me grin. Whilst cool, they are removable because they won’t be relevant in short road commutes (might take out a cyclist or two – not on my agenda).
The wheelie bars mount underneath the axle and can be adjusted to control how much the front lifts under full acceleration.
The gap behind the front seats is ultimately the same shape as it was in factory spec, but now Webster’s have fabricated metal panels over the axle, as opposed to wood and black vinyl. I have to take my digital hat off to Jon and the team – they don’t just talk the talk.I am doing all I can to keep the interior rock stock, so the low-backed vinyl seats (immaculate headlining and steering wheel) are staying. You can see where the roll cage crossbar tucks tightly behind the seat backrests, whilst race harnesses will be mounted to the vertical cage bars that run down to the back axle.This old black and white photo shows what a bare Enfield chassis looked like before the aluminium body was dropped on. The area under that rear kick-up is the only part to get surgery. Everything else on the Flux Cap is structurally sound and deemed ok to remain. As I probably said before, it’s a surprisingly well-built little thing.