Hotrod carbon fibre update
Aussie take: The Voodoo 32R offers the highly sought-after low stance of a true hot rod with far more comfort and better handling than other models.
THE first mass-produced Ford available with a V8 engine, the 1932 Ford, marks its 80th anniversary this year. Worldwide, Ford produced upwards of 850,000 cars and commercial vehicles for the 1932 model year and up until now, hot rodders have pretty well stuck with either original or reproduction chassis that replicate the parallel rails with front, centre and rear cross members of the 80-year-old model.
Australian-owned company Voodoo Hot Rods has launched the first Kevlar/carbon fibre bodied ‘32 roadster and fully engineered tubular space frame chassis on to the world market. The Voodoo 32R (’R’ for Revolution) made its debut at the Grand National Roadster Show in Los Angeles earlier this year in the company of 100 of America’s most historically significant examples of the 1932 Ford ever assembled in one location. One example at the show has been valued at US$1 million and its owner has another six in his collection.
The Voodoo 32R (www.voodoohotrods.com) is the brainchild of Australian Steve Walmsley and represents more than nine years’ development and $400,000 investment to create the most significant change to the overall design of a ‘32 Ford.
The result is a body that’s half the weight of steel or fibreglass and offers more advantages in its design. It features side impact protection, Watts linkage front and rear for vastly improved ride and handling, rack and pinion steering and an element of safety not found in reproduction ‘32 Fords currently on the market.