Hotrod car­bon fi­bre up­date

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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.

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