What Charade? – G100ph charadeclubphilippines

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What Charade.

CHARADE HISTORY

The Daihatsu Charade GTti entered production between 1987 and 1993, it was the third generation of the Daihatsu Charade, adopting the G100 chassis and only available as a 3 door hatchback. Daihatsu equipped the GTti with a 3 cylinder, 993cc, twin cam, 12 valve and turbocharged engine that produced over 99.23 BHP. The engine was named the CB80, or also referenced as a CB70 for cars destined for countries that required tighter emission controls.

The engine (With slight variation) appeared to be initially used for the Daihatsu Charade De Tomaso 926R (G11), but due to changing regulations in Group B Rally it never reached the production phase. The Daihatsu Charade GTxx was also a unique and rare variant of the GTti sold in Japan only. The difference between these models were; rear spoiler, side skirts, 14 Speedline alloy wheels, Power Assisted Steering (PAS), Air Conditioning (AC), Electronic Climate Control (ECC).

The engine itself remained the same.

PERFORMANCE

Daihatsu produced an engine that was mechanically advanced for its time, an era where small turbocharged performance hatchbacks were soon to become abundant in Japan and Europe.

According to various sources the GTti was the first production car to reach over 100 BHP per litre, and still maintains the title of being the fastest 1 litre production car in the world. Although this is just the beginning, various enthusiasts have achieved over 200 BHP per litre and it’s not uncommon to see examples between 150 and 250 BHP. When coupling the potential for engine performance with a lightweight chassis, then a very impressive power to weight ratio can be achieved.

GENERAL MAINTENANCE

As with any car there is a requirement to be mechanically sympathetic when the engine is cold. The basic rules consist of warming the oil to normal operating temperature before letting the engine sustain any load. There is no need to let the car idle, drive immediately but try not to labour the engine or exceed 3,500RPM.

This allows the oil pressure and temperature to build quicker and circulate the engine and also lets engine components expand at a faster rate. Remember different materials and components within the engine may expand at different rates. It’s also worth noting that oil takes far longer to warm than your coolant.

OIL

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Oil is the blood of the engine. The CB80 requires approximately 3 litres of oil, give or take a little if you are changing the filter at the same time. If the oil level drops below this then there is always the potential of big end bearing failure.

Our advice is always use modern synthetic ester based oil such as those from Shell, Silkolene or Motul. This particular type of base oil has more advanced lubrication and shear properties at higher temperatures and during the manufacturing process the oil requires less additives and modifiers.

CHASSIS AND SHELL

Rust is a problem for older cars living in the Philippines’ changing climate and you can potentially expect this anywhere. The most common areas from our experience are: rear turrets, rear inner sills, sills, rear wheel arches, lower front wing, lower tailgate and around the door hinge area. Some sunroof models can also have rust along the seals.

If a car appears solid then it’s still worthwhile being cautious especially if it looks well under sealed. It doesn’t take much for mud and moisture to work its way into the rear turrets and rot through to the trim without being noticeable from the outside.

Generally the G100 Charade has a very weak chassis so it’s important it is rigid enough for driving on the road. Check for cracks around the engine mount supports and the front turrets.

*some of important data are courtesy of our friends from www.GTtioc.com.

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