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Hi everyone,    Having lost my job (professional car designer) due to Covid19 I've decided to focus on what I love doing and I'm passionate about and hopefully turn it into a business: desig

Update:    Fitting tests, so far great! The ducktail follows perfectly the tailgate shapes! Even better than my R stock wing!    Next step will be painting and bolting it! Stay tun

Sorry everyone for not posting much on here, as some of you know I tend to do most updates on Instagram.    These are the first 2 samples manufactured, they both need testing before producti

Lovely stuff Andrea, wish you a lot of success with this.

 

Following you on Instagram

 

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6 minutes ago, GlosRich said:

Lovely stuff Andrea, wish you a lot of success with this.

 

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Thanks a lot Rich and stunning motor yours! 

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2 minutes ago, TritonII said:

Hi Andrea,

 

Good luck with your venture, always a dream to combine your passion with work.  I'm due to collect my modified Cayman tomorrow and what it does lack is a front presence so will watch your progress with interest.

 

I run an engineering plastics distribution company and could assist you with the supply of ABS as well as having contacts that might be able to assist you with forming components.  We have cnc router facilities as well as the capability to bend and weld plastics so let me know if I can be of any assistance.  I am thinking about trying to make a clear HIPs engine cover for the 987 as so many seem to want these but they appear hard to get hold of.  Of course until I get my car I didn't have a template to use but that will change after tomorrow.

 

All the best. Kevin

 

Thanks Kevin, this is simply awesome info! I could do with some help with the front intakes once I develop them. Will definitely drop you a line later on! 

 

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Andrea

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Good luck with this Andrea often thought the UK lacked someone doing this kind of stuff!

 

I an ideal world I'd like to try and get my car down to 1200 kilos, I think the Cayman platform is great but just too heavy, power is more or less good enough but what I would like to build is a 300 bhp/tonne Cayman. I am a big fan of Gordon Murray as a designer so if you have any ideas where and how we can ditch the fat, give it a rawer edge then I am all ears. 

 

Styling wise I like your vision too and interested to develop my car in this direction.

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33 minutes ago, crafty1 said:

Good luck with this Andrea often thought the UK lacked someone doing this kind of stuff!

 

I an ideal world I'd like to try and get my car down to 1200 kilos, I think the Cayman platform is great but just too heavy, power is more or less good enough but what I would like to build is a 300 bhp/tonne Cayman. I am a big fan of Gordon Murray as a designer so if you have any ideas where and how we can ditch the fat, give it a rawer edge then I am all ears. 

 

Styling wise I like your vision too and interested to develop my car in this direction.

 

 

Thanks man, providing something for the UK community has always been on my mind! 

 

Feel free to ask for any custom render to your car specs if you want, I can make that.

 

 

To your question: remove interior, carpets, Recaro bucket seats, lexan windows, composite doors/hood, lightweight rims and you should see a below 1100 KG! Expensive I know...

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That's great Andrea, liking the front bumper.  Would it be possible to run the cooling ducts for the brakes from behind a mesh in the middle.  There as not many that have the 3rd rad just a cheap looking bit of plastic and also how about some GT4 style air scoops?

 

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10 minutes ago, FLAT STICK said:

That's great Andrea, liking the front bumper.  Would it be possible to run the cooling ducts for the brakes from behind a mesh in the middle.  There as not many that have the 3rd rad just a cheap looking bit of plastic and also how about some GT4 style air scoops?

 

Dean

 

Thanks Dean!

 

I personally see 2 problems with your solution: first it would essentially be another part to develop...and for now I need to keep my investments focused on fewer bits, second is people who usually need more cooling for their brakes (track use) are the ones who also need more cooling for the engine and therefore in need of a third radiator. That said everything is possible and I'll happily explore it mate. 

 

I feel like trying to add something too modern to a 987 never works in my opinion, the 987 is getting older now and it has a rounder/cleaner design language so I've kept everything "matching" to it in a way. 

 

But thanks for your inputs/comments...means a lot to me!


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Andrea

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1 hour ago, Andrea said:

 

 

Thanks man, providing something for the UK community has always been on my mind! 

 

Feel free to ask for any custom render to your car specs if you want, I can make that.

 

 

To your question: remove interior, carpets, Recaro bucket seats, lexan windows, composite doors/hood, lightweight rims and you should see a below 1100 KG! Expensive I know...

Yes cost is always the biggest issue sadly... There are a number of lightweight rear hatch possibilities for not crazy money, and certainly a lot of sound deadening that could go. Lightweight batteries are getting cheaper too, but ive been pricing up titanium exhaust and inconel headers which save a lot but these are getting on for £5k. I reckon the factory door cards must weigh a lot too..

 

Anyway would love a render of my car with your ducktail and your ducted front bumper and splitter at some stage if you have a chance? Both of these I have a serious interest in when I have the funds.

 

Also maybe no the most exciting aesthetically but the other thing Caymans are crying out for is a proper solution to cooling the rear brakes. 

 

 

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34 minutes ago, crafty1 said:

Yes cost is always the biggest issue sadly... There are a number of lightweight rear hatch possibilities for not crazy money, and certainly a lot of sound deadening that could go. Lightweight batteries are getting cheaper too, but ive been pricing up titanium exhaust and inconel headers which save a lot but these are getting on for £5k. I reckon the factory door cards must weigh a lot too..

 

Anyway would love a render of my car with your ducktail and your ducted front bumper and splitter at some stage if you have a chance? Both of these I have a serious interest in when I have the funds.

 

Also maybe no the most exciting aesthetically but the other thing Caymans are crying out for is a proper solution to cooling the rear brakes. 

 

 


all good inputs indeed, probably the only free one is to remove the interior 😂 

 

You’ll find that my ducktail is actually cheaper then most overpriced stuff imported from America, and not necessary lower quality! 
 

Yeah thought about that too, 3D printing could be good but at I wonder how they survive at +150mph! Will definitely look into them too!

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Good luck to you Sir, hope it works out. love the designs.

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26 minutes ago, Bushman said:

Good luck to you Sir, hope it works out. love the designs.

 

Thanks man!!!

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My wife works at this company who specialise in rapid prototyping ‘3D printing’ of components for the auto industry and race teams (customers include Williams, Maclaren, red bull, Merc, JCB, Aston Martin...). 

https://www.graphite-am.co.uk/industries/motorsport/

 

if you need anything quickly manufacturing to ‘trial fit’ before moving to full mouldings of ABS / GRP give them a call. They offer different levels of service at different price points - eg full design & build, or just build, and the composites they use (the ‘print’ material) can be tailored to your needs. 
 

Good luck with the venture, I love the ducktail look on the 987 render 😍

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1 hour ago, Windymiller said:

My wife works at this company who specialise in rapid prototyping ‘3D printing’ of components for the auto industry and race teams (customers include Williams, Maclaren, red bull, Merc, JCB, Aston Martin...). 

https://www.graphite-am.co.uk/industries/motorsport/

 

if you need anything quickly manufacturing to ‘trial fit’ before moving to full mouldings of ABS / GRP give them a call. They offer different levels of service at different price points - eg full design & build, or just build, and the composites they use (the ‘print’ material) can be tailored to your needs. 
 

Good luck with the venture, I love the ducktail look on the 987 render 😍

 

Awesome, will look into it for some bits I have in mind!!!

 

 

Cheers and thanks for the praise!!! 

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Good luck Andreas, love the look of the concepts, and look forward to seeing them develop and come onto market!

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Echo all of the above Andreas, if I didn't already have an R rear wing I'd be handing you a deposit now! It suits the 987s looks perfectly!

 

Very interested in the other parts. Even after opening up the vents in the existing scoops and running the brake ducts I still struggle with brake cooling on hot days.

 

Can I also suggest that as an initial offering you do some GT4 side intake vents than don't need bonding to the car? The main reason I suggest this is to get up and running producing a relatively cheap, well designed but widely popular part should get the business up and running reasonably quickly. That should get some money through the door funding you to produce the more niche parts (just a thought). I'd also really like some, and don't want to wait months for the ones on Design 911s website - would much rather pay the money to you!

 

I'm also sure you have already thought of this, but it might be worth chatting to @Beanoir - Pistonworks may be able to help you gain some brand visibility.

 

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Thanks Dough!! 

 

And great input as well. Being just on my own it's hard too magian as many parts at once (think dealing with suppler, making 3D models, organising a scan of my car during lockdown with facilities closed as well isn't easy etc) but definitely something to look into!

 

Vents are something extremely hard to design because of their complexity in the fixing (tabs) and normally are injected moulded which I can't afford right now so I'm trying my best to find a different way for now.....

 

 

And yes please any support on promoting or even simply re-posting any of my image on Instagram would help! I'll check that page out indeed! Cheers

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52 minutes ago, Andrea said:

Vents are something extremely hard to design because of their complexity in the fixing (tabs) and normally are injected moulded which I can't afford right now so I'm trying my best to find a different way for now.....


 

 

3D printing rapid prototyping is your friend... 😉

 

My wife’s company also offer this rapid prototyping service (using your own design files) - check out the gallery of previous jobs (spot the rehook tool previously on dragons den)

https://3dprintdirect.co.uk/

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The problem Windymiller is the production. One thing is having 1 part made, one thing is having hundred of them. Also the finish needs to be OEM+ and 3D printing isn't the best solution for this.  As for quotes and one off testing parts I'm all happy to enquire to her, but I need to shop around anyway before settling on one specificities supplier....hope this makes sense. 

 

 

Just a quick example, if you look at Tom's 3D printed fenders vents, as quick and cheap as you want...but they just don't do it for me! It's something I wouldn't be comfortable to sell to a customer sorry.....it's not my philosophy to rush...I need to study things and offer the best I can to my customers. But I do love his car tho! 

 

 

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