ANY newcomer to the select field of sports cars is always hailed with interest by the motoring fraternity. Entirely new productions are all too rare in these days, and it is therefore good to be able to announce the introduction of a new marque of sports car,—the Reynard.
For some years its designer has been trying out various ideas on cars of his own construction until he was finally satisfied, and the result of his researches is now to be put in production. It incorporates many novel features, and the result shows that its maker realises above all things the importance of road-worthiness and general stability in any sports car worthy of the name.
The chassis if a 6' deep section channel with well-placed cross members, and our photograph of the final experimental model shows the low build attained and the neat appearance. Of course, in production models the chassis and other parts will be faired off or covered to give a smoother exterior.
The springing is unusual and is the result of extensive experiment. The front axle, with Rubury Owen brakes of ample size, is carried on quarter elliptic springs and radius rods, while the rear axle has short full cantilever springs with specially arranged check leaves with reverse camber on the under side. Both front and rear springs will be controlled by Hartford shock absorbers.
The engine is a 1i-litre sports type Meadows having a bore and stroke of 69 mm. by 100 mm. and gives 45 b.h.p. at 4,000 r.p.m. The compression ratio of the standard engine is 6 to 1. The specially designed cylinder head in which the valves are carried, is detachable from the block, which is detachable from the aluminium crankcase. The ample crankshaft is carried in 3 large white-metal bearings and is designed to have a specially high factor of safety. Forced lubrication is provided to all bearings and to the enclosed rockergear.
Special aluminium alloy connecting rods are used and each set is balanced separately. The magneto is driven by a cross shaft and is very accessible. It is provided with vernier adjustment on the coupling.
The mixture is supplied by two horizontal type Zenith carburettors.
A close-ratio four-speed gearbox is fitted and transmits power to a specially modified Moss rear axle fitted with a torque tube. All materials used in the chassis are to the highest specification enabling the weight to be kept down, which is an essential factor to good performance.
The car is intended to be a specialised product for the enthusiast, and therefore detail modifications can easily be incorporated to the owner's wishes. For instance side or central gear change is optional.
The price of the Standard model is £325, which should ensure a ready demand for a car of such a performance.
Motor Sport, October 1931