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In the eyes of many car fans, it is a bad habit that vehicles with every model generation bigger, wider and heavier will. With the advent of ever more complex technology, modern vehicles are gradually increasing in size and weight, and that at a time when everyone is talking about sustainability and energy savings. This is a paradox, because a small, light automobile, be it gasoline or electric powered, requires significantly less energy than a 2-ton ship to generate the same output. But ever stricter crash and safety regulations are making the car manufacturers on the subject Lightweight a line through the bill. It was different in the past when there were still many automobiles, which under a ton weighed, but were also suitable for going on vacation with the whole family.
Patina & signs of wear are part of it!
This is an extreme example of lightweight construction and purism Austin-Healey Sprite, which we would like to introduce to you today, which not from its current owner, the British James Cribb, but from the tuning legend Pipey McGraw has been modified. The car, which was made in the UK, was not always based on the island, however, as James brought it back to Great Britain from New Mexico in 2018. The exterior shows clear signs of wear, paint damage, Patina and rust. But the vehicle is an absolute eye-catcher even in this condition.
The rare thing takes care of that Fastback, which you normally don't see in an Austin-Healey Sprite in the wild, but at most in a car museum. There are also measly ones 13-inch alloy wheels, which look unusual with their design in the style of the Swiss cross, but in our opinion go well with the car on the classic. Actually they are JDM rimswhich on a Kei-Car belong, but they also cut a fine figure on the old English roadster. The model name of the wheels is by the way SSR MKII.
The interior is extremely spartan!
It couldn't be more Spartan than in the cockpit of the Austin-Healey Sprite. Tin stalls With makeshift padded cushions that are so tightly cut that an overweight person will probably not find space in it, as well as a rather bare cockpit that only has the bare essentials, ensure that pure racing feeling! Raw, puristic and unfiltered is the character of this car, which is perfect as track tool suitable, and only as light as a feather 600 kilograms dry weight brings on the scales.
A Toyota engine drives the classic!
Also on this car was a Engine swap carried out, as on so many automobiles that we have already reported to you about. A newer gasoline engine from Toyota that comes with Catalytic converter and electronic injection is equipped, only does its work in the classic Sprite.
The engine generates 160 PS and 162 Newtonmeter maximum torque, which means that the featherweight achieves impressive performance. It is switched via a Five-speed manual from an old Ford Escort, and the power is transferred to that Rear wheels. There is also a Limited slip differential. Thus, the classic is also ideal for a few drifts.
Our Summary to the Austin-Healey Sprite:
You have to take it to your heart, the classic from the island! No matter if you Vintage look Well, like it or not, the driving machine embodies driving in its purest form. If you think the same way, you can take a look at the picture gallery that we have attached to the article. If we get more information about the changes, there will of course be an update for this report. You will be informed of this if you simply do ours Feed subscribe to. Have fun watching the pictures and stay true to us!
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Austin-Healey Sprite with a 20 V 4A-GE engine from Toyota!
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