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Post by Smiler » Sun Jul 29, 2018 12:00 pm

Hello all,

I am slowly building my old SE5 with a view to the odd froray into motorsport.

Knowing my limits it will only be a matter of time once that car is complete before I end up sat in a gravel trap or with a dead car in the middle of a circuit needing the attention of a recpvery truck.

So to facilitate thise, I want to make provision for a front towing eye now whilst I have the car in bits as opposed to as an after-thought later.

So where do you good people attached yours to? The chassis is pretty low with lots of fibreglass out front to break off with the tow-rope angle.

I have one or two ideas that I need to mock up out of cardboard but I'm kind of hoping that this problem has already been summounted and there is a proven solution out there before I re-invent the wheel.

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Post by halfpenny » Sun Jul 29, 2018 1:56 pm

I made one when refurbing my 5a. A fabricated bracket bolts through the undertray next to the ns chassis rail and 1-2 mm behind the anti- roll bar. The bracket is about 35mm L section with bracing across the edges, making a kind of open box. The idea is that any bending forward will be resisted by contact with the arb. A nut is welded behind a through hole in the bracket, and I keep a mating threaded rod and eye in the car. It works well on test and is below the 5a valence.. A plastic plug keeps the nut thread clean. I made two parts simply to avoid a permanent visible feature.



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Post by Roger Pennington » Sun Jul 29, 2018 6:48 pm

On the 6-series there is a towing eye welded onto the front of the undertray under the chassis leg on each side of the car. (see pic of R/H one). That would be pretty simple to make up. However if your motorsport ambitions extend to actual competitive action (rather than, eg. trackdays), there may well be regs that you need to comply with?

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Post by efi_sprintgte » Sun Jul 29, 2018 7:00 pm

Many of us use the bolt on motorsport towing straps

On one car I had one that screwed in on a ARB bolt and stuck through a hole in the front meshing.


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Post by Smiler » Sun Jul 29, 2018 10:45 pm

Thanks for the replies, I was considering utilising the ARB bracket bolts, though I have already utilised the upper bolts for a new nose cone support frame. The other thought was one of those large flat metal towing rings bolted to the under-tray, but I was concerned that might catch on something and cause more damage.
I thought those loops on the SE6A were for tieing down to a trailer. I thought that a taught tow-rope attached to those would strike the bodywork.


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Post by Roger Pennington » Mon Jul 30, 2018 1:57 am

Smiler wrote:
Sun Jul 29, 2018 10:45 pm
I thought those loops on the SE6A were for tieing down to a trailer. I thought that a taught tow-rope attached to those would strike the bodywork.
I think it'll be ok, with the Se6/6a front bumper valance. The later 6b/GTC were a different matter, where the design was modified with a deeper spoiler added to the front. Whatever, the anti roll bar bolts are going to be in a worse place, as they are higher up, so will be behind the body - hence the need to feed your towing attachment through a hole, as James suggested.


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