It’s been a while since doing any updates on Dennis Palatov’s DP1 project so I thought I would stop by and see what’s up. Wow. If you’re not familiar with the DP1, it’s a track car designed and built by Dennis Palatov with a carbon fiber body and a Suzuki Hayabusa engine. Extremely high end design work and engineering involved here, and he’s going to produce them for sale, too.
Since checking in last, it looks like he’s entertaining the idea of using a Hayabusa V8 and a transmission of his own design. The Hayabusa V8 has been a very popular post here and I know a lot of folks keep speculating about what it would be like in various cars other than the Radical SR8 for which it was originally designed. The photo above shows one running in a Lotus 7. Is that sweet?
Here’s another photo of the V8 from Dennis’ site but you really need to go there and check out his work because he’s been a very busy guy and there’s an alternate design submitted for his car to check out along with progress on the DP1 as originally designed. This is first class work of the highest order and I am definitely impressed.
Projects like these just amaze me. The skill involved, unbelievable.
I can’t wait to see the finished DP1, but in the meantime, I think I’ll just stare at the engine photos. Gawd!
Another thought, why don’t some of those guys who insist on stuffing Chevy V8s into those oversized monstrosities try a Hayabusa V8 instead. That’s a far more elegant design from an engineering standpoint and the bike wouldn’t have to look like an elephant. Just a thought.