My Puma.. Maximum Track Attack!!

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Postby PumaJay » Wed Jan 04, 2017 3:14 pm

It is going to get a little bit out of hand but I think its time to do it and I've been thinking of doing it for years.

Parts gathering is the first job, already bagged an alloy radiator for it. On the hunt for a turbo to use with the zetec engine now.

In other news Lucy and myself have just sold out first house which means the new build we've been looking at is now ours... Garage for the Puma!! Get in!!

Oh and the wing and side skirts will be available to buy direct from BYC Design very soon. Mine is the prototype before they go into full production. So if you like what you see you'll be able to buy.
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Postby joshua551 » Wed Jan 04, 2017 3:53 pm

Really looking forward to see how the sideskirts turn out, imo there are no 'proper' sideskirts you can buy for the ford puma. They all look like somthing out of need for speed underground to be fair. I think this won't be the case with yours as they are really track focused, which I like.

Keep up the good work :ok:
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Postby warrenpenalver » Thu Jan 05, 2017 1:07 am

PumaJay wrote:Source of the post
The reason for the move to 17's is in part to be more visually pleasing but will also become appaerent once the bodywork on the car has had a bit of a make over, I'm looking at wider arches all round but not FRP, it will be a first for a Puma, but this is all a little bit further down the line. I terms of rubber I'l use Nankang AR-1's. I use them on my 15's and are awesome. Easily on a par with 888's.
The other reason for 17's.. brakes, what I've got coming probably wont fit behind a 15 inch wheel.


15's with sensible rubber dont look bad even on frp arches.
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Plenty of space around frp alcons too:
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Youd have to be running a really big caliper or disc if you cant get comps on with some spacers.
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Postby PumaJay » Thu Jan 05, 2017 8:42 am

Will be sticking with the decision to go with 17's I have a vision in my mind of how the car could end up looking so I'd like to get as close to that as possible. The aim is for the looks of a scaled down GT racer.

For me the 15's look lost under those big arches, the FRP needs 17's to give the appearance it deserves.

In other news I've found the turbo im going to be using for the Zetec engine... which reminds me, I still need to go and collect it!
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Postby SLEEMAN » Thu Jan 05, 2017 10:21 am

At least you can squeeze in 330mm brakes behind 17's though! So stopping power shouldn't be an issue
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Postby PumaJay » Thu Jan 05, 2017 12:32 pm

They will be 300mm but with a much bigger 6 pot caliper.
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Postby PumaJay » Sat Jan 07, 2017 7:19 pm

It is done.....

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Postby Wild E. Coyote » Sat Jan 07, 2017 7:29 pm

Looks like it means business! :grin:
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Postby stuvy » Sat Jan 07, 2017 8:15 pm

What budget have you set for the engine build?

Apart from thruxton and a few start/finish straights I don't see the point of the wing due to aero/mph/downforce needed to make it beneficial. Have you got lower strut braces fitted and a seam welded shell?
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Postby Brian' » Sat Jan 07, 2017 8:19 pm

That looks so wild Jay! Already seen it on Facebook and absolutely loving it!
First sideskirt I find that fits the Puma nicely. Interested in seeing when BYC is planning on selling these!

Still in love with your wheel and tyre setup!
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Postby PumaJay » Sun Jan 08, 2017 7:27 pm

Wild E. Coyote wrote:Looks like it means business! :grin:


It certainly does mean business!

stuvy wrote:What budget have you set for the engine build?

Apart from thruxton and a few start/finish straights I don't see the point of the wing due to aero/mph/downforce needed to make it beneficial. Have you got lower strut braces fitted and a seam welded shell?


There is no budget for the engine build, it will just be built with the best parts I can afford. There is no time frame on when I want to have it done either. The plan is to build a bullet proof 300bhp engine.

I have got lower strut braces fitted and I will soon be ordering a cage to stiffen the chassis further. Seam welding... nope, havent done that but I may do.

In terms of the aero its designed to work from around 60mph upwards which is why the wing is positioned where it is. I might be true that it wont benefit in slow speed corners it will bring benefit to the car.

Brian' wrote:That looks so wild Jay! Already seen it on Facebook and absolutely loving it!
First sideskirt I find that fits the Puma nicely. Interested in seeing when BYC is planning on selling these!

Still in love with your wheel and tyre setup!


They are available for sale as of now I guess... They are not listed on the website but get in touch with Mark from BYC. I'm sure he'll be happy to start taking orders.
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Postby stuvy » Sun Jan 08, 2017 10:18 pm

Did you find the lower braces helped a lot or a little?
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Postby PumaJay » Mon Jan 09, 2017 8:16 am

Yeah the lower brace is one of the best mods you can do on a Puma, tightens the front end up a treat.
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Postby Puma Lee » Mon Jan 09, 2017 8:16 pm

That looks amazing mate
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Postby siju » Mon Jan 09, 2017 10:23 pm

Really purposeful stance!!

What spacers are you running front? (or are the wheels like et15)?
Does the wider front track have an impact on steering feel/steering self-centering?
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Postby PumaJay » Tue Jan 10, 2017 8:25 am

Thanks guys.

Spacers are 20mm up front with use of longer studs and the rear is 20mm beam spacers.
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Postby PumaJay » Sun Feb 05, 2017 9:20 pm

Took advantage of the nice weather yesterday to arrange some photo's to show off the rear wing and side skirts. The end plats still need to be replaced with black ones to stop the pitting in the aluminium but I still love how it looks. Really looking forward to seeing how it performs on the track now when I get back out there in March at Rockingham.

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Postby PumaJay » Wed Feb 15, 2017 3:28 pm

More ordering done.... Planning for future turbo build but also a few bits to fit for this years track days.

First up, Direnza radiator
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Next, full set of orange JS Performance coolant hoses, my standard ones look like they might split at any moment so replacing them before the do!
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Finally... On the verge of ordering this little beauty.
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Postby Wild E. Coyote » Wed Feb 15, 2017 6:30 pm

This is some generic image for hoses, as all the items are shaped wrong? Like the radiator; what is the reason for replacement?
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Postby PumaJay » Wed Feb 15, 2017 9:57 pm

Wild E. Coyote wrote:Source of the post This is some generic image for hoses, as all the items are shaped wrong? Like the radiator; what is the reason for replacement?


Nope that is the correct image, it shows all apart from the radiator hoses... I already have those. Reason for replacing is explained above.
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Postby PumaJay » Thu Feb 16, 2017 9:08 am

Bought an engine last night, 2.0 black top zetec from a focus. Its being delivered this weekend.
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Postby PumaJay » Sun Feb 19, 2017 5:12 pm

Semi productive day yesterday working on the car.

My plan was to give it a check over and make sure its ready for Rockingham on March 25th. Im away in Cuba from the 9th - 24th so I need to make sure its ready before I fly. Made sure that the fluids we're topped up and fixed the wash wipes which had stopped working the other week. Turned out the filter at the bottom of the fluid bottle was clogged up and not allowing water into the pump.

My plan was to fit a few of the new parts that I have been gathering but I only managed to fit one new vibra-technic engine mount.

I've got a right pile of bits to get through.
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Postby Brian' » Tue Feb 21, 2017 5:46 pm

Great update Jay! Was wondering if the Direnza radiator is a straight swap for the standard item.
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Postby Wild E. Coyote » Tue Feb 21, 2017 7:29 pm

Ah, shiney thingies! Always a happy moment when they are being put on a car.... :wink:

One question: I see almost all of the hoses ae now silicone ones. Is that silicone oil resistant (namely for the oil breather I see on the engine....?
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Postby trublustu » Wed Feb 22, 2017 12:32 am

Nice rad and orange theme..
The vibra technics mounts are a must.
all good stuff.

I popped back into compbrake today and had another chat with them.
They have found a 45mm front top mount which would be a very simple fit to the Puma.
Catalugue number is CMB0160. It`s listed for a Clio. Gold in the catalogue but black in the stock room!
The rear mount (what I picked up today) is correct as listed for the Mk/5 Fiesta, CMB1188.

Your cars looking good..
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