Reliant SE7

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Description: A one off scimitar was built using Tony Rolt's (from FF - Ferguson Formula) 4 wheel drive technology. Ex-BRM Chassis designer John Crosthwaite joined the Reliant team and with the help from

A one off scimitar was built using Tony Rolt's (from FF - Ferguson Formula) 4 wheel drive technology. Ex-BRM Chassis designer John Crosthwaite joined the Reliant team and with the help from "Senior Sports Car Designer" Ted Laban and Os Webb from Ferguson the original Scimitar GTE chassis had to be re-designed to enable it to take front wheel drive, revise engine & gearbox mountings to take the increased GKN transmission weight, get drive to front diff past existing Ford 3ltr power unit clutch housing and maintain steering geometry while moving steering rack to clear GKN front Diff Unit.

As you can see from the photographs opposite a full chassis complete with engine and running gear was built.

A torque split of 40/60 was used and the drive to the front differential was taken from the rear of a special overdrive gearbox by Hi-Vo chain and propshaft containing two constant velocity joints.

It was said that the Scimitar had Maxaret Anti lock brakes, but after further research, it seems that they were not used on this Scimitar.

The Dunlop Maxaret anti-lock brake system was used for Ford 4wd Project 134. Tony Rolt MD of Harry Ferguson Research patented Derek Gardener's idea using Potty Putty as viscous coupling for slip control as part of differential between front & rear drive. Rolt sold 4wd patents to GKN to finance his new company Ferguson Formula Developments FFD. The new Wolston factory provided capacity to meet the new Chrysler project. Os Webb went as part of the package to GKN.

Os developed the idea into a working coupling using internally splined plates over centre epicyclic diff with slots & gaps in multiplates running in viscous fluid. Rolt's FFD retained the right to produce low volume 4wd & continue development "

The car remained at the back of the Reliant development department in decaying state until John Crosthwaite talked Ray Wiggin into selling him the car. The car was registered MRF 519L (or possibly NRF 519L) and was restored by John, who after a number of years sold the unique 4x4 Scimitar to a private collector in Cheshire.



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