When you start building a car, each amateur designer should firstly clearly imagine what qualities the new vehicle will have. It should also comply with current technical requirements, meet the material capabilities of the builder and the expected operating conditions.
The original version
Based on these assumptions, the author of the Valga-Quartet homemade microcar, military engineer Vladimir Gassan determined the technical characteristics of the conceived car as follows: rear-wheel drive frame with the rear engine. The first version of the microcar was fitted with the engine from T-200 scooter. Nevertheless, in the first trips, insufficient T-200 engine power was discovered. Fuel consumption exceeded 11 liters per 100 km. That’s why the IZH-P-3 engine was adapted very soon.
The 2-door 2-seat coupe had a wooden frame with 3 mm plywood flat body panels. Areas with large curvature (roof, sidewalls, front of the hood) were made of birch veneer 0.5 mm thick. The windscreen was taken from MAZ 200 truck.
The frame is tubular, with a central spinal beam made of steel pipe Ø 78 mm. The rest of its parts are made of steel pipes Ø 52, 33 and 22 mm, connected by gas welding. After welding, the inner surface of the pipes was coated with bitumen, the outer one was covered with primer. Main gear with reverse, rear axle balancers, muffler and generator are mounted on a subframe.
The updated version
Later, the original body was replaced with a new one. It is also had a wooden body frame and plywood body panels. When creating it, elements from the Oka, Lada, Zaporozhets and SMZ were used. The frame and all the technical stuffing remained unchanged. This car has survived to our days. It is in private hands in Krasnoyarsk.
- Year: 1972
- Engine: from T200 scooter / later from IZH-P-3, 1 cylinder
- Wheelbase: 1800 mm
- Overall dimensions: 2760×1400×1340 mm
- Top speed: 60 kph
- Fuel consumption: 7.6 l/100 km
- Curb weight: 460 kg
- Full weight: 610 kg