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Old 11-27-2009, 02:13 PM   #11 (permalink)
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My 2 cents... (Don't take this as discouragement!)

I understand choosing an Insight for its light weight (1850 lbs) and aero efficiency (Cd .25, small frontal area).

Seeing how much fabrication you're in for, I think I might have opted to get a 95+ Metro and chop/taper the roof, like Dave Cloud did to make his EV dragster:

(See thread: )

The end result is also a lot of fabrication, comparable weight, frontal area and drag coefficient (with some additional massaging). But all the other car's parts are easier / cheaper to get.

I'm still happy to see an Insight going the EV route! Looking forward to your project.

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