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Bertini GT25 Kitcar using Z3 donor

Discussion in 'Z3 Roadster & Coupé' started by Anthony Cherry, Nov 20, 2013.

  1. Anthony Cherry

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    I am currently in the process of making a kitcar using the BMW Z3 as a donor car.
    It is called the Bertini GT25.
    (Bertini was my Italian grandmothers maiden name)
    I have owned 3 Z3s and love them. However I have always wanted to design my own car.
    I intend to produce kits and sell them to people interested in a bit of a change.
    I have tried to take aspects from my favourite cars without being a copy or replica of any production car.
    I have designed it to have hints of jaguar, Aston, tvr and z8.
    The is also designed to bolt on where possible to minimise any bonding. The finished car is aprox 70kg lighter than the original.

    The Bertini GT25 should be finished mid February with a launch at the stoneleigh kitcar show at the beginning of May.

    I have deleted the progress pictures - they are still available on the facebook page.
    Here are some of the first finished pictures.

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  2. badman gee

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    Looks like a freak!
     
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  3. Anthony Cherry

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    Lol... Not for everyone
    For those who want to follow the progress I have a facebook page. If you 'like' it you will get all the updates.

    The facebook address and website are in my signature.
     
  4. badman gee

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    Not for me but good on you for being different.
     
  5. Boysie

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    Like most creations
    lets see the finished car, I cant wait
    Any colour ideas yet

    A moderator needs to combine these two threads
     
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    Your way with words is almost poetic :woot:
     
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    I will be following this with great interest on FB. Welcome by the way.........:beer
     
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    It is a nice thing to see this development.
    My personal issue I have with most of these body conversions is that the front and rear are mostly widened (no problem with that) but the doors and it's skin is mostly kept.

    This makes that from the front looking to the back it's not 1 nice line.
    it makes it very easy to spot these rebodied vehicles.

    I hope this one is not like that.

    Regards, Koen
     
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    I hope to have two finished cars before launch at the beginning of May. One will be red and one blue. Slightly metallic / pearlescent red.. Looks different without looking sickly.
    The blue will be the new VW powdery blue. I think they do a similar land rover colour too. The red car will have black LED headlights and the blue one will be standard ones.

    The width of the front and the rear is identical to the 2.8 widebody as I also dislike disrupting the lines. I gave tried to create the illusion of a wider more aggressive front and rear by using a wide front splitter and wide rear diffuser with Z8 style horizontal rear lights.
     
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    Wide mouthed frog joke jumped straight into my head for some reason ;)
     
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    Good luck with your project.
     
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    Looking Good, Would like to see it in the flesh when its all done.
     
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    Looks a lot of effort….I've never got the kit car scene other than badly desiring a Beacham Mk2 jag; assuming that qualifies as a kit car.
     
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    With the front mold completed and the first molding made from that mold. We have now moved onto the rear.
    This is a progress shot of the construction of the rear mold. It's nice and thick and constructed such that when the moldings are taken from it the one piece rear will include the rear light mountings and the boot lid returns to reuse the existing boot rubbers.
    We should have the first molding made from this mold just after Christmas.

    [​IMG]
     
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    Nice progress
     
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    Very impressive stuff
    That is an art applying resins and fibreglass :):scorecard:
     
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    looking really interesting...I like the styling so far and think there are tributes to a few classic sports cars in the overall design, a few of my favourites are obviously present in my eye..but who knows what anyone else see's?

    I am looking forward to the finished product and hope it looks as good as it promises..
     
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    Things are moving along quite quickly now. There has been a news article in KIT CAR BUILDER magazine in USA and also the first rear moulding has been produced. I expect to start fitting them to the actual car early in January.
    Then it's just a boot lid, mini front wings, bonnet light brackets and under skin.

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  19. GazHyde

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    I read that magazine article the other day, but forgot to link to it here. I was particular impressed with the weight loss of 176lbs (80kgs). Is that purely by losing the existing metal body panels?

    I've copied the article below, but it's a bit difficult to read...

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    I've weight the front and rear bumpers and the bonnet.
    Front bumper: 16 Kg
    Rear bumper: 28 Kg
    Bonnet: 26 Kg

    I thought that was immense
     

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