[urq] Home-made Sport Quattro pedal-car project

Brandon Rogers brogers at terrix.com
Fri Aug 24 11:03:42 EDT 2007

Hey L-A-
Well Estelle is a little ahead of our little guy - he is still Fred
Flintstoning it.  Hemmings Sports and Exotics magazine (great mag IMO -
none of the same ol boring $hit as all the other rags) recently had a
guy in there that did a mini Porsche 550 Spider.  No technical details
however.  And I think it was motorized.  I totally agree - they are
square ar so you can get away with a lot - but you _have_ to do wheel
flares man!  

Carboard won't last - I would think
Thin plywood would get the job done - will likely be very boxy but you
can build up some areas for contour/detailing - and wood is fun to work
with.  Probable easy to paint.
Plastic could be very good - especially if you can plastic weld. You can
also bend it to get better contours (like wheel flares!) and such.  May
be harder to paint???

Keep us posted.


-----Original Message-----
From: urq-bounces at audifans.com [mailto:urq-bounces at audifans.com] On
Behalf Of Louis-Alain Richard
Sent: Friday, August 24, 2007 8:39 AM
To: urq at audifans.com; quattro at audifans.com
Subject: [urq] Home-made Sport Quattro pedal-car project

Ok then, since these lists are so quiet, here is a little challenge for
you, Audi-related of course.

Since my 2-year old girl is born, I wanted to create her a pedal-car, or
at least a soapbox, just because. Because I always wanted one, because
she would look cool in it, because winter is long in Montreal, because I
love to play with my tools, because...

Now, being an Audi guy, my goal is to create her a 1:4 or
1:5 Sport Quattro, using this paper model as a model (duh
!): the red '85 Quattro S1 on this page
http://www.darringer.com/carta/index.html. My own 1983 Quattro will also
be involved as a 1:1 model. These cars are so square, it will look the
part even if made from plywood.

Now, I have a friend with enough tools and talent to help me cut the
thin plywood/cardboard/plastic sheets to scale. I just don't know which
material to choose ? Any ideas ?

That will be the easy part.

Now, being an Audi, it must be technologically advanced. I
can forget the Quattro drivetrain, she won't drive much in winter, but
it must have freewheeling pedals, normal steering, and a kind of brake.
A bit like the 9700 Euros Auto-Union pedal car. (look at page 112-113 of
this Audi PDF for a better look at the pedals/brakes here

My first idea was to buy this 80 $CDN lawn cart
(http://preview.tinyurl.com/2r85pj) and modify the length,
the rear axle. The frame is there, the steering knuckles are there, even
the wheels are about the right size. Obviously, my miniSQ will sport
Ronals or Fuchs lookalikes... 

Or, easier would be to buy this 80 $CDN kid cart
(http://preview.tinyurl.com/32kfyd) and add the SQ body, but all the fun
of creating the mechanicals of a mini-SQ from my hands would be lost... 

What do you think ? Any constructive ideas to help me ? 

I have a few months in front of me, lil'Estelle just
discovered recently how to pedal by herself...

Wanna be car designer

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