Fiat X1/9 + Alfa Romeo 164 + Plywood = Launcha Splatos | The Truth About Cars

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Fiat X1/9 + Alfa 164 + Plywood = Launcha Splatos

seen a fair number of engine swaps in 24 Hours of racing— the Saab B Turbo-powered comes to mind— but most projects tend to have and/or performance issues in the arena that is LeMons. At the Campaign To Prevent Gingervitis a couple weeks back, the radial-engined MR2 ate its drivetrain after a lap, but there was one outlandishly machine that actually for the overall win: the Alfa quad-cam V6-powered Bertone of Team Launcha Splatos.

The team is packed with a of well-known pro Alfa builders and top so the LeMons Supreme Court them mercilessly when bring their suspiciously #8217;69 Berlina and race-winning to a race. #8220;What can we build will make you happy? they asked after fall#8217;s Chicago race. replica of a Group B Lancia complete with ridiculous swap and Alitalia graphics!#8221; we And damn if they didn#8217;t go and do just that, finding an Romeo 164 as an engine/transmission/front-subframe donor and a X1/9 for the rest. You see, nothing wrong with an that upgrading the horsepower 75 to 190 can#8217;t fix.

There#8217;s a fairly complete of the build at Kilometer Magazine. makes it clear that the Splatos guys know how to do serious metal cut-n-pasting. A big of build photos may be found

The #8220;headlights#8221; are actually coffee with photos of headlight glued on the fronts.

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The louvers are and the paint job is all Krylon rattle-can.

to the Splatos, the only cars to been this heavily and still spend a respectable of time in the top ten at a LeMons race been the Honda CBR1000-powered Geo Gnome and the more-or-less-scratchbuilt Model T GT. How did the Splatos look on the track?

Let#8217;s watch a nail-bitingly duel between the Rod Blagojevich Skid Marks Neon and the at Gingerman Raceway, from the of the Neon. The Splatos still some bugs worked out of the but it has great power out of the turns. The corners better.

Each car has a top-notch driver at the Nothing passes these two during their battle.

the Splatos still needed suspension refinement, which that it spun out and/or the track with depressing After all that time in the Box, the Launcha finished the in 29th place, after much of the first day#8217;s in the top three (the Skid Neon, with zero flags, came in second Next race, we expect to see the behave itself#8230; and contend all

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