Building a kit car - why put in all
that effort to end up with a car which looks like
it was built in a shed, drives like it was built in
a shed and is worth considerably less than the time
and effort put in. Good question, and one which we
asked ourselves frequently. But the Kit car industry
is growing and so we decided there must be something
behind it so we decided we'd give it a go.
Now, we could have just gone out and got a well known,
bolt up kit. But hey, where is the fun in that. No, we have
decided to try the low cost approach and have opted for
a Robin Hood Project 2B kit. Now, these aren't as well known
as your Caterhams, Westfields, DAXs or Chesils. But they
have a certain reputation within the kit car world. The
car gets it name from the fact that the chassis is constructed
from tubular steel (2B=tubey, get it). The company has a
history of producing Locost style roadsters - to the initiated
these are kitcars based around the Lotus 7 roadster concept.
The kit we bought was the very basic one, which currently
retails for £1345.38 including VAT. Several upgrades
are available, including Stainless panels and independent
wishbone front suspension, but as our goal is a sub £2000
build budget we gave these a miss. So, having placed our
order, all that remained was to travel up to the Robin Hood
factory and collect the kit...
|Collecting the Kit...
|Robin Hood Engineering operate a
simple delivery system - collect the kit on one of their
designated collection days (around 6 per year) or forget
it. This may seem a bit extreme, but it does keep their
costs down. Their factory is in Mansfield Woodhouse,
Nottinghamshire. It is easy enough to find given the
map in the Robin Hood brochure, unless all the roads
are closed like the day we went...so after a fry up
in the local Co-Op we arrived at the factory around
midday, and after handing over the balance of the £1345.38
purchase price (a £10 deposit is required with
your order) we were presented with the kit...