|My first sight of the carbon fibre bonnet
|Bonnet cut-out template
|Hole cut in my Carbon Bonnet for air filter / carbon track day airbox
|Unpainted Carbon Bonnet on car - looks odd so needs some paint!
Prepping and Painting
The next bit was for Dave at Daytona Coachworx to do! Dave wanted me to be exact with the paint that I wanted (obviously) which can be a little tricky with Caterhams (so I'm led to believe). Luckily I moaned about the quality of the factory paint job, and when the car was waiting for the fuel pump to arrive it was repainted by XK Engineering.
I rang and spoke to Gary at XK Engineering who had to look into the records, but rang me back a little later on and said the car had:-
- Porsche Riviera Blue 39e colour
- Glasurit Basecoat (which is water based)
- and a DuPont solvent based clear coat (VR-1120)
The bonnet was given an initial flatting.
|Carbon Fibre Bonnet after initial sanding
|Inside of bonnet masked
|Small grooves in the bonnet to the left of the louvre
|Carbon bonnet primed, flatted, primed and flatted again to achieve a perfect base.
|Porsche Riviera Blue 39e Glasurit Water Base Coat Drying
|Carbon Bonnet Flatted and Polished - Job Done
|Drilling holes into my new bonnet for catch plate hooks to be fitted - measure twice and drill once!
|MACal 9807-07 Pro Super Luminous Orange Caterham Triple Stripe laid out ready for application
The only problem with the Super Luminous Orange is that it has a tendency to fade in direct sunlight (over the course of a couple of years), but I couldn't really notice too much difference once the decal was fitted.
I also had a few variants of the blog's domain put together a couple of years ago, and cut (again in the MACal material) to match. I decided to go for a change this time round, and went with the more 'square' version, which I think looks good too.
|New carbon bonnet domain decal applied
Onto the Weigh In
My favourite bit - seeing how much lightness has been added! You can immediately tell the difference by picking the two up, so I thought that a decent saving was to be had.
I popped the aluminium bonnet onto the scales and they weighed in at 2.956kg.
|Caterham Aluminium Bonnet (with cut-out) weighs 2.956kg
|Carbon Fibre Bonnet (painted with cut-out) weighs 2.130kg
|Painted Carbon Bonnet with decals applied, all fitted to my Caterham and looking very good!