Running in and setting up the new all steel race engine on the rolling road. Now don’t break this one Cleland.
We have fitted our new all steel race 1860cc engine in the Metropolitan and we are ready to fire it up. No expense has been spared when building this engine with billet steel crank, rods and flywheel. With the split Weber 45’s it will be setup and run-in on the rolling road prior to a handful of races this summer. Watch out for this turquoise beast in your rear view mirror. It will be approaching quickly.
Over the past couple of months we have been working on an all new engine for our Metropolitan. We have spared nothing this time around. A billet steel crankshaft from Arrow, a set of billet steel con rods and a billet steel flywheel have all been meticulously balanced to within 0.5grams. Omega forged aluminium pistons and camshaft that will see us through to 8000rpm. We are aiming to get the car out on track in July. We’ve changed the rear springs since the cars last outing so will be anticipating some improved handling as well as the extra grunt.
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The day finally came to roll the long awaited Nash Metropolitan out of the workshop for it’s first outing. First stop was to meet our friends from Retro Cars Magazine for a photo shoot, then on to Brands Hatch for a shake down. I can report that the little Nash performed impeccably whilst attracting a lot of attention in the paddocks. Shaun stepped out of the car with a very large grin exclaiming “it’s bonkers!’. For out of the box performance we were all very impressed. We’ve taken some notes and will be making some adjustments before the next test at Goodwood. This car will be well dialled in and thoroughly shaken down before Revival. I’d like to say a big thank you to Simon Jackson at Retro Cars Magazine for letting us tag along on their track session and to all the readers of Retro Cars who attended Brands Hatch yesterday and graciously let us share their time on track.