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Post subject:   PostPosted: Oct 21, 2016 - 04:34 AM
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Looks VERY nice!

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Post subject:   PostPosted: Oct 21, 2016 - 02:23 PM
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Sweet! Nice to actually see it in reality instead of renderings.

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Post subject:   PostPosted: Oct 23, 2016 - 05:21 AM
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After recent improvements the chassis can be manufactured in basically the exact same copies to ensure proper installation of the body panels for every kit. The assembly of all the CNC-laser cut chassis tubes is 99,9% accurate to the 3d CAD model thanks to using a variety of dedicated slots and pins that match together and will not allow any unwanted loose movement.
I uploaded a few videos on YouTube showing the way those pins and slots are getting designed:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sIH0T0Av3_A
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SPI4GjFB16E
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ALcthiS6mu4
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5-aQ9CB1Xlc
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IWUGkducFu8


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Post subject:   PostPosted: Oct 30, 2016 - 11:50 PM
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Thanks! It surely takes time and patience. I agree that seeing the car in person or photos is better than just renderings.


The FLT chassis, which is an integral part of the "FLT kit, Stage 1", now features bolt-on removable front bumper frame that makes it possible to easily replace or fix a damaged unit, as well as giving a convenient access to the mechanical components in the front end if needed. Thanks to this newly added feature, the FLT chassis now consists 4 separate frames and fully utilizes the original concept for the chassis whose purpose was to make a structure that's user-friendly and versatile yet robust and safe. The following list describes the individual frames that combine together to form the FLT chassis:

1. Main frame consisting the cockpit and partial front end and rear end;

2. Bolt-on removable engine cradle complete with the rear suspension (useful for a quick swap of alternative drivetrains and servicing);

3. Bolt-on removable front bumper frame;

4. Bolt-on removable rear bumper frame.
 
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Post subject:   PostPosted: Nov 19, 2016 - 01:58 AM
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Recent upgrades of the FLT chassis include the following changes:
- Reinforced feet area for even better rigidity in the case of a small overlap frontal crash;
- Reinforced base for the A1 and A2 roof pillars, which strengthens the windshield frame in case of a roll-over;
- Gazillion new metal plates with installed rivnuts provide convenient bolt-on mounting points for the main body panels, interior panels, lights etc;
- Revised floor design now accepts seats with wider seat-rail mount.
 
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Post subject:   PostPosted: Dec 03, 2016 - 12:24 PM
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The chassis of Finnluxury Tritium, known as FLT chassis, is finalized and consists the following sections:

Section A (floor): 59 tubes, 32 tube types;
Section B (front bumper): 32 tubes, 18 tube types;
Section C (engine cradle): 31 tubes, 20 tube types;
Section D (rear bumper): 33 tubes, 18 tube types;
Section E (engine bay): 46 tubes, 24 tube types;
Section F (front end): 80 tubes, 42 tube types;
Section R (roof roll-cage): 10 tubes, 6 tube types;
Section S (sides): 30 tubes, 15 tube types;
Section T (central tunnel): 36 tubes, 19 tube types;
Section W (firewall): 18 tubes, 9 tube types.

Total number of tubes: 375
Total tube weight (without metal sheets and plates): 271,52 kg
CNC-laser cut tubes: 370
CNC-bent round tubes: 5
CNC-laser cut metal plates: over 560* (+ 47 kg)
CNC-laser cut metal sheets: over 50*
CNC-turned parts: over 40*
Machined parts: 4
Rivnut mounting points: over 100*
*Current WIP approximate numbers, the exact count will be available later.

Not mentioned in the list above - due to being individual pieces that are eventually bolted to the chassis - are a number of additional laser-cut brackets, door hinges and 3d printed mounting points required for installation of certain body panels and interior panels of the FLT kit.

Statistics for the suspension to be announced in a future update. Exactly the same suspension is used in my Govedo chassis, too.
 
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Post subject:   PostPosted: Mar 04, 2017 - 09:27 PM
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A few more videos from the design process of the FLT chassis and body kit:

Arranging the tubes for CNC-laser cutting of the FLT chassis:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jkt0WvyD1Pk

Designing a mounting plate for the engine cover's hinge of FLT:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F1bdn5XihnQ

Redesigning the metal sheets of the FLT chassis:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vlUjHwsaLsI

Designing custom mounting plates for the FLT chassis:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DZ5n94Udv4I

3d printed mounting point PP-4 for the FLT kit (2 videos):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SfQpQBeo9DA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sGWIcAmavy4

Preparing a round tube for laser cutting:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JiW-H0wtUXo

Rear right fender of FLT for CNC-milling:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RJEV2K8bK-U

Front right fender of FLT for CNC-milling (2 videos):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cfAD3dB63tc
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K_9jUnRZD8M

Left door of FLT for CNC-milling:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NMV4WiFhYy4

Preparing a 3d metal plate for laser cutting:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DYrCcwLHsAc

Engine cover of FLT (2 videos):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B07HJR1G6h8
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LUS6DjI2-c8

Designing the sideskirt of FLT (2 videos):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J-Eg-NQRm6M
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MueZ69v1R_Q

Rear diffuser plug for FLT (2 videos):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tjPcZRzGt0U
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xqttAeO0wTk

Door sill panel 2 (8 videos):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cKnbpWU4WgY
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LV7gG02PaoM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G35tSImyH4w
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vj_qmcN5L3c
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=83RRGw0qUWs
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0TmwTEczmjo
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6l3b7CYzYtU
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MnpJlu169KA
 
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Post subject:   PostPosted: May 09, 2017 - 09:25 PM
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Last week Finnluxury Tritium took place in this year's National kit car show at Stoneleigh, UK. This is a short video of it from various angles:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eR8ek1PlpWo
 
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Post subject:   PostPosted: May 11, 2017 - 04:21 AM
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Very good looking car, inside and out. Craftsmanship looks top shelf.

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Post subject:   PostPosted: May 14, 2017 - 12:09 AM
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Thank you for the kind words! Currently, I'm working on the door hinge and inner door panel 3d design that's the latest thing still missing in the exterior. When it's done I will post a new video showing the process of door opening and closing.

Cheers!

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Post subject:   PostPosted: May 14, 2017 - 02:14 AM
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This car is so cool you should consider making it an engine-minus build. Think of how many would want your car but don't have the skill or patience to build the whole thing. Not to mention the guys (with money) who are too old to consider the time they would spend to get one the long-hard-way.
Just a thought.

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Post subject:   PostPosted: May 14, 2017 - 11:29 AM
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RT, I saw the car at Stoneleigh May bank holiday in the UK, the Chassis is pretty substantial but comes with mounting points pre-installed, the quality of the body panels were simply at another level to what we long term builders are used to, they literally pinpoint accurately bolt to the chassis.

Finnluxury were offering a chassis and carbon fibre body with what sounds like every external part e.g. light housings, glass (EU or US certified) etc., excluding interior for 25K euros, about £22K, that was for the first 5 orders, but this thing looked amazing and worth every penny, main extras would be wheels and engine/tranny....
 
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Post subject:   PostPosted: May 16, 2017 - 01:30 AM
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Chris Barbers, does the chassis come completed? I'm assuming it does.
It looks like a very nice builder friendly project, did they have all the lighting there for you to view?
 
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Post subject:   PostPosted: May 16, 2017 - 02:41 AM
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RUNDLC, I assume that the owner of the "Finnluxury" Oy company could give you the most complete reply, however, as a designer and engineer of the Finnluxury Tritium project I can assure you that the chassis and body panels are designed to match together within close tolerances and the basic assembly is pretty straightforward. Every individual chassis tube is cut by a 3d laser CNC-cutting machine and has accurate pins, slots and holes for rivnuts. The 1 or 2 mm thick sheet metal and 3, 5, 6, 8 and 10 mm metal plates are all cut with a 2d CNC-cutting machine.

The plugs are CNC-milled by a large 5-axis machine with a surface finish of epoxy paste and are 100% accurate to the original CAD model. The carbon-fibre epoxy body panels are vacuum infused for virtually zero bubbles and have a number of mounting points to quickly bolt them to the aforementioned rivnuts installed on the chassis. For this reason, most body panels are created by bonding two or more pieces together, where the inner piece has mounting holes and/or glued rivnuts. For example, the engine cover consists 4 pieces: outer skin, inner structural panel and two X-brace reinforcements. Not only this allows for every body panel to be interchangeable with a duplicate if needed, it also makes them look and feel premium.
The roof is the only body panel that's glued with a windshield bonding agent to the roof pillars, whereas the rest body panels are all bolted and could be easily removed for convenient access to the internal components.

The chassis that took part at the Stoneleigh national kit car show had about 90% of the tubes dot welded and lacked some tubes, metal plates, sheet metal and paint, because the date was too close to finish everything on time. Some minor trim panels and "wings" for the bumpers, side skirts and side air intakes were absent for the same reason, even though that they are already designed.
However, every chassis for the upcoming kits will come fully welded by a professional welder. As for the coating, I guess that most people would prefer to opt for an unpainted chassis, in order to be able to weld their own brackets for all the components of their choice, such like: engine, transaxle, radiators, cables, fuel tank(s), steering wheel system, pedals, seats etc.

The chassis consists 4 separate sections bolted together: main cockpit frame, front bumper frame, rear bumper frame and engine cradle. The bumper frames are proper crumple zones, designed to take damage before the main chassis, and are made from thinner tubes. This is especially useful in case of light collision where the damage taken is limited to the front or rear end, so they could be removed and repaired or replaced. For attaching come body panels where structural damages in a collision happens more often (front bumper, front fenders, front and rear wheel well liners), we also develop custom 3d printed mounting points made from PETG that will allow them to break upon reaching certain twist or pull forces, thus reducing or avoiding damages to the chassis. To preserve the roof panel from excessive damaging in a 3/4 frontal/side collision, the upper rear mounting point of each front fender is located on the bolted steel door hinge instead of the lower A2-pillar area of the roof. The entire lower half covering of the cockpit (we call them left and right "door sill panels" - coloured in blue here http://i.imgur.com/vZfzBjc.png) is separate from the roof panel and could be un-bolted and swapped with a replacement if needed. They also cover the feet area of the chassis that's most prone to hits by small rocks and water thrown by the front tyres. To further protect the chassis and reduce drag, the front and rear wheels are covered with proper composite wheel well liners designed to effectively kill the trajectory of the thrown small rocks and water.

As for the lights, we develop both headlight and tail light resin clear covers and composite inner housings. The clear covers will have mounting points for bolt connections to the housings. Everything in the FLT kit is made with easy access and disassembly in mind. It takes a lot of time, effort and budget to achieve these features, but I believe that the end result will worth it.

Attached here is a quick preview of the tail light clear cover and engine cover:
http://imgur.com/a/KnBRQ
http://i.imgur.com/Mhyt2fz.png
http://i.imgur.com/EKFWpKP.png
http://i.imgur.com/qbSdtYE.png
http://i.imgur.com/Nbww6UG.png
 
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