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kb58

posted on 3/12/12 at 11:32 PM Reply With Quote
Midlana first test drive

"Mid-engine Seven" using a turbo FWD lump in a Seveneque form. The full website is at www.midlana.com
Midlana test drive





Mid-engine Locost - http://www.midlana.com
And the book - http://www.lulu.com/shop/kurt-bilinski/midlana/paperback/product-21330662.html
Kimini - a tube-frame, carbon shell, Honda Prelude VTEC mid-engine Mini: http://www.kimini.com
And its book - http://www.lulu.com/shop/kurt-bilinski/kimini-how-to-design-and-build-a-mid-engine-sports-car-from-scratch/paperback/product-4858803.html

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liam.mccaffrey

posted on 4/12/12 at 12:22 AM Reply With Quote
great job kurt, I have the kimini book and have been following midlana since the start.
Really enjoyed it





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Bare

posted on 4/12/12 at 02:41 AM Reply With Quote
damn.. I haven't seen a Wink mirror since 1980.
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kb58

posted on 4/12/12 at 03:22 AM Reply With Quote
I've tried all sorts of different ones since buying my first Wink mirror, but nothing beat it.





Mid-engine Locost - http://www.midlana.com
And the book - http://www.lulu.com/shop/kurt-bilinski/midlana/paperback/product-21330662.html
Kimini - a tube-frame, carbon shell, Honda Prelude VTEC mid-engine Mini: http://www.kimini.com
And its book - http://www.lulu.com/shop/kurt-bilinski/kimini-how-to-design-and-build-a-mid-engine-sports-car-from-scratch/paperback/product-4858803.html

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imp paul

posted on 4/12/12 at 11:06 AM Reply With Quote
That looks really good fun very nice mate top job
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coyoteboy

posted on 4/12/12 at 01:49 PM Reply With Quote
That mirror is epic. Love the suspension/driveline shot too.
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nick205

posted on 4/12/12 at 02:29 PM Reply With Quote
Fantastic!

Not seen a "wink" mirror before, but it looks like it works really well.






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coyoteboy

posted on 4/12/12 at 07:33 PM Reply With Quote
Looks like it's a golf cart mirror from the US.
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Gakes

posted on 5/12/12 at 05:50 AM Reply With Quote
Nice work! That engine sounds mean with the huge dumper. Sounds like a squirrel mincer





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Doug68

posted on 8/12/12 at 06:48 AM Reply With Quote
Hey Kurt, awesome stuff! Congrats at getting there, how much work is there left to do now?





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kb58

posted on 9/12/12 at 05:47 AM Reply With Quote
Fine-tuning the fit-up of the nose assembly and various body panels, then prepping them for paint.





Mid-engine Locost - http://www.midlana.com
And the book - http://www.lulu.com/shop/kurt-bilinski/midlana/paperback/product-21330662.html
Kimini - a tube-frame, carbon shell, Honda Prelude VTEC mid-engine Mini: http://www.kimini.com
And its book - http://www.lulu.com/shop/kurt-bilinski/kimini-how-to-design-and-build-a-mid-engine-sports-car-from-scratch/paperback/product-4858803.html

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b14wrc

posted on 12/12/12 at 12:30 PM Reply With Quote
Hi Kurt, what colour are you going to do the car?

I am building something similar (i know i have spoken to you before about it) and have had many ideas since following your excellent work, have you seen my chassis progress? Any pointers or issues you have had / overcome at this early stage?

Looking forward to the book coming out, when do you think it will be available?

Rob

http://www.locostbuilders.co.uk/forum/2/viewthread.php?tid=176669





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kb58

posted on 12/12/12 at 09:44 PM Reply With Quote
quote:
Originally posted by b14wrc
Hi Kurt, what colour are you going to do the car?

I am building something similar (i know i have spoken to you before about it) and have had many ideas since following your excellent work, have you seen my chassis progress? Any pointers or issues you have had / overcome at this early stage?

Looking forward to the book coming out, when do you think it will be available?

Rob

http://www.locostbuilders.co.uk/forum/2/viewthread.php?tid=176669

A very pale green - goes well with the lime green suspension and navy-gray chassis.

Issues... hmmm, not much... though the car's yet to be driven in anger. At the moment the only thing I'd change would be to have added a bottom access hatch below the fuel pump. Maintenance is ALL about accessibility.

The book "should" be out this coming spring, though I've been saying that for more than a year. It'll come out several months after the car has done its first trackday event, and that means fully finishing it, first.

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Mid-engine Locost - http://www.midlana.com
And the book - http://www.lulu.com/shop/kurt-bilinski/midlana/paperback/product-21330662.html
Kimini - a tube-frame, carbon shell, Honda Prelude VTEC mid-engine Mini: http://www.kimini.com
And its book - http://www.lulu.com/shop/kurt-bilinski/kimini-how-to-design-and-build-a-mid-engine-sports-car-from-scratch/paperback/product-4858803.html

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kb58

posted on 10/3/13 at 01:34 AM Reply With Quote
- Car's been painted.

- Passed the CHP (state police) inspection

- Both the smog and brake/light test is scheduled for this Monday.

After that, back to the DMV for final paperwork, then get insurance, and it's on the road...




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Mid-engine Locost - http://www.midlana.com
And the book - http://www.lulu.com/shop/kurt-bilinski/midlana/paperback/product-21330662.html
Kimini - a tube-frame, carbon shell, Honda Prelude VTEC mid-engine Mini: http://www.kimini.com
And its book - http://www.lulu.com/shop/kurt-bilinski/kimini-how-to-design-and-build-a-mid-engine-sports-car-from-scratch/paperback/product-4858803.html

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Doug68

posted on 10/3/13 at 03:08 AM Reply With Quote
Hi Kurt,

Major congratulations!
The car looks excellent, now go get it dirty!





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kb58

posted on 3/12/13 at 04:04 PM Reply With Quote
I know I've been away a while, but after what seems like a long time, not only is the car done, but the book as well!

It's available only through Lulu, an online printer and distributor, at Midlana book

(I believe that they have a regional printer in the U.K., which should help on shipping.)

Oh, and be sure to use the discount code FREESHIP for free shipping through Dec 10. [Edit] NOTE, apparently the discount code is case-sensitive, so make sure it's upper case.

Sorry for the giant picture - again



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Mid-engine Locost - http://www.midlana.com
And the book - http://www.lulu.com/shop/kurt-bilinski/midlana/paperback/product-21330662.html
Kimini - a tube-frame, carbon shell, Honda Prelude VTEC mid-engine Mini: http://www.kimini.com
And its book - http://www.lulu.com/shop/kurt-bilinski/kimini-how-to-design-and-build-a-mid-engine-sports-car-from-scratch/paperback/product-4858803.html

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kb58

posted on 3/12/13 at 04:20 PM Reply With Quote
Dyno run Around 410 whp

Glamour video My buddy works magic with a camera and editor

Autocross I am waaay out of practice

Trackday drive-bys Yes, some early braking, since we weren't allowed to pass mid-corner

In-car trackday video (148 mph!!)

[Edited on 12/3/13 by kb58]





Mid-engine Locost - http://www.midlana.com
And the book - http://www.lulu.com/shop/kurt-bilinski/midlana/paperback/product-21330662.html
Kimini - a tube-frame, carbon shell, Honda Prelude VTEC mid-engine Mini: http://www.kimini.com
And its book - http://www.lulu.com/shop/kurt-bilinski/kimini-how-to-design-and-build-a-mid-engine-sports-car-from-scratch/paperback/product-4858803.html

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big_wasa

posted on 3/12/13 at 08:03 PM Reply With Quote
Just ordered mine
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bozla

posted on 3/12/13 at 10:27 PM Reply With Quote
I was going to ask for it as a Christmas present but it'll be a bit expensive for that. I will order in the new year though when everything has settled down. I really liked the Kimini book as it was very practical. I bet you never thought you were going to write a book on the subject let alone 2 when you started building Kimini all those years ago!
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kb58

posted on 4/12/13 at 01:23 AM Reply With Quote
If someone had told me when I was a teenager that not only would I build two cars, but write two books about them, no, I wouldn't have believed them.

My brother said the same thing about him building an airplane.





Mid-engine Locost - http://www.midlana.com
And the book - http://www.lulu.com/shop/kurt-bilinski/midlana/paperback/product-21330662.html
Kimini - a tube-frame, carbon shell, Honda Prelude VTEC mid-engine Mini: http://www.kimini.com
And its book - http://www.lulu.com/shop/kurt-bilinski/kimini-how-to-design-and-build-a-mid-engine-sports-car-from-scratch/paperback/product-4858803.html

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Irony

posted on 4/12/13 at 08:42 AM Reply With Quote
I would dearly love that Midlana book. But as I am due to be a father next week and I have just moved house I cannot justify the cash. Will it at some point be a ebook?
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ashg

posted on 4/12/13 at 11:57 AM Reply With Quote
Funny you should say that! I said exactly the same :-) when CKC printed my stuff. I'm the guy that had to retake English at school, I failed the first time round :-)

if you want a contact to get the uk/europe printing costs down let me know and i will put you in touch with someone.

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ashg

posted on 5/12/13 at 12:13 PM Reply With Quote
other half just ordered me a copy





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kb58

posted on 5/12/13 at 02:18 PM Reply With Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Irony
...Will it at some point be a ebook?

Short answer: yes.

Long answer: not for a few years. The reason is that I'm paranoid that someone will hack the eBook version and put it on the Interwebz for free. There is so much work and time in the book that I want to protect it, at least until I arbitrarily decide that its run its course, then I'll lighten up and enable the eBook version as well.

FWIW, the eBook version of Kimini has been available for several years now. For the Midlana book however, I'd expect that people would rather own a hardcopy since it's easier to just take the book out to the garage instead of printing pages.

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Mid-engine Locost - http://www.midlana.com
And the book - http://www.lulu.com/shop/kurt-bilinski/midlana/paperback/product-21330662.html
Kimini - a tube-frame, carbon shell, Honda Prelude VTEC mid-engine Mini: http://www.kimini.com
And its book - http://www.lulu.com/shop/kurt-bilinski/kimini-how-to-design-and-build-a-mid-engine-sports-car-from-scratch/paperback/product-4858803.html

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kb58

posted on 5/12/13 at 02:23 PM Reply With Quote
Here's some videos made over the last year or so:

Dyno run Around 410 whp

Glamour video My buddy works magic with a camera and editor

Autocross I am waaay out of practice

Trackday drive-bys Yes, some early braking, since we weren't allowed to pass mid-corner

In-car trackday video (148 mph!!)

[Edited on 12/5/13 by kb58]





Mid-engine Locost - http://www.midlana.com
And the book - http://www.lulu.com/shop/kurt-bilinski/midlana/paperback/product-21330662.html
Kimini - a tube-frame, carbon shell, Honda Prelude VTEC mid-engine Mini: http://www.kimini.com
And its book - http://www.lulu.com/shop/kurt-bilinski/kimini-how-to-design-and-build-a-mid-engine-sports-car-from-scratch/paperback/product-4858803.html

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