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Handbreak in Road Race S4

PostPost by: 4545colin » Mon Jan 16, 2023 10:33 am

Hi,
Does anyone know the best way to have a handbreak you can reach with full harness belts on?
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PostPost by: elanfan1 » Tue Jan 17, 2023 10:35 am

Could you make an extension for the handbrake mechanism?
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PostPost by: Andy8421 » Tue Jan 17, 2023 1:34 pm

Most Elan racers I know back off the handbrake adjustment so the handbrake pads are well clear of the disc. As a result, the handbrake doesn’t work - therefore no need to reach it with a harness on.

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PostPost by: 661 » Tue Jan 17, 2023 1:38 pm

What do you wish to use it for?
The FIA require standard rear caliper with the handbrake mechanism in place , with pads, rods and swivel. Cable?? , depends on who you listen to, but I've never heard anyone say the umbrella was required for the HTP.
Despite that, some have it ( as I do), but I'm not really sure why, it's only ballast. Mine is road registered and so should really have it,but..........
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PostPost by: 4545colin » Tue Jan 17, 2023 2:14 pm

Hi,
The only reason I need the handbreak is for starts on a hill at the startline!
Racing SMRC mostly at Knockhill
Could I have a hydraulic handbreak somewhere I can reach it intigrated to the origonal system? And leave the dash mounted one and cable in place?
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PostPost by: 661 » Tue Jan 17, 2023 2:37 pm

4545colin wrote:Hi,
The only reason I need the handbreak is for starts on a hill at the startline!
Racing SMRC mostly at Knockhill
Could I have a hydraulic handbreak somewhere I can reach it intigrated to the origonal system? And leave the dash mounted one and cable in place?
Cheers Colin

Presumably there's a light system or a 5 second board, if you can't heel and toe it, a hold on the clutch for a couple of seconds seems in order???
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PostPost by: Slowtus » Tue Jan 17, 2023 5:00 pm

4545colin wrote:Hi,
The only reason I need the handbreak is for starts on a hill at the startline!
Racing SMRC mostly at Knockhill
Could I have a hydraulic handbreak somewhere I can reach it intigrated to the origonal system? And leave the dash mounted one and cable in place?
Cheers Colin


I rigged up a hydraulic handBRAKE on a Plus 2 I had, worked okay.
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PostPost by: smo17003 » Tue Jan 17, 2023 5:49 pm

Electric handbrake conversions are available for disabled drivers, so perhaps something like this could be made to work https://www.steeringdevelopments.co.uk/ ... -handbrake
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PostPost by: Spyder fan » Tue Jan 17, 2023 8:36 pm

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PostPost by: pharriso » Tue Jan 17, 2023 9:08 pm

I thought you weren't supposed to use the hand/parking/emergency brake on a car after bringing the car back to the pits as it would cause the disc to distort? We use a "ye olde wooden block" on our Alfa race cars...
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PostPost by: 4545colin » Tue Jan 17, 2023 10:30 pm

Hi ,
Thank you all for the suggestions, think I will go with Alan's line lock idea it will do the trick,
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