The Bugeye at left weighs 1582 pounds with 1/3 tank of fuel, minilight wheels and 175 series tires, as well as an oil cooler, non-stock exhaust, 1275 engine and five-speed transmission.
This is my Bugeye “Cole,” a mostly stock looking Bugeye I have been hoarding. It’s an awesome car with nice upgrades. We put it on race scales this week to establish a baseline for our electric Bugeye project. We hope to roughly match the corner weights shown below when we lay out the batteries in our electric Bugeye “Sparky,” so we can preserve the car’s great handling once the 40 batteries are distributed and installed.
This electric car project allows us all kinds of opportunities to redistribute weight, since the battery location gives us some flexibilty. But we probably want to simply emulate the original weight layout as seen below (the minor corner variations can be corrected with minor tweaks of spring height… this car is pretty well balanced)
It turns out the weight distribution on the “average” street Bugeye is quite close to 50/50. No wonder Bugeyes handle so well. We are excited to have this data, which helps us to be that much more confident that the BugeyE will handle exceptionally well too!