IMPORTANT - WIDEBODY DELIVERIES
PRB Australia has currently closed the Widebody Order Book, and is currently not constructing kits.
Late in 2005, PRB was offering 2 distinct models - the PRB "Composite" and the PRB "Birkin S3". The former car was fully constructed in the PRB Greenacre factory, and was generally recognised as the most sophisticated clubman vehicle in the country (see separate link on this website). Complex production techniques needed meant that there was a 2-year waiting list for a Composite car, which for many buyers was just too long.
The Birkin S3 came from South Africa, with PRB providing many local parts, and was available on a much shorter delivery cycle; as such, it outsold the Composite about 5 to 1.
Both cars closely followed the dimensions of earlier Lotus 7 replicas, meaning that quite a high proportion of potential owners found them cramped. PRB recognised the need for a larger car, but with none in sight from Birkin Peter Bladwell decided to design and build a new larger model himself, hence the Widebody (imaginative name, is it not?). And here is a finished car!
Features of the PRB Widebody
All of PRBs 25-plus years of history in building great clubbies, and especially the lessons learned, have been put into our new car. Peter Bladwell wanted to produce a car that everyone could fit in comfortably, and drive in a relaxed fashion.So what is important?
The photo above shows the widebody stance of the new PRB, and the rear diffuser
The Widebody is available in kit form, with a fully-clad chassis and all panels; in addition, the base kit has the fuel tank installed, and the pedal box, the steering rack and steering column also in place. Or if you prefer PRB agents can assist with part or all of the assembly process.
The final photo shows one of the trim options, please check the order form on this site for what is available and what is coming.
|Construction||Aluminium clad steel spaceframe, chassis powdercoated, use of aluminium composite material to strengthen chassis.
CAMS approved roll cage
Aero tube double wishbone suspension with outboard spring/damper units. Adjustable for camber, caster, toe-in and roll centres. Fully rose jointed with stainless steel or chrome-moly teflon lined aircraft grade bearings. Adjustable inboard roll bar. Quick action 2.25 turn steering rack. AVO adjustable dampers
Mazda MX5 uprights and brakes, or optional 4-pot outlaw calipers
Aero tube double wishbone independent suspension. Adjustable camber, toe-in and roll centres. Fully rose jointed with stainless steel or chrome-moly teflon lined aircraft grade bearings. AVO adjustable dampers
Subaru differential, uprights and brakes
|Brakes||Four wheel disc brakes. Vented front discs.
Tilton pedal box with bias bar adjustment
|Bodywork||Lightweight kevlar/fibreglass nose, scuttle, front and rear guards, rear diffuser. Aluminium bonnet.
Future option: carbon fibre panels throughout
|Instrumentation||Mazda Duratec engine - classic round instruments. Speedometer, tachometer, water temp, oil pressure, fuel level and voltage.
Honda S2000 engine - cutout for S2000 instrument cluster plus classic round instruments , oil pressure and water temp
Optional: Motec digital dashboard with lap beacon
|Engines||Mazda Duratec 2000cc with standard ECU 140bhp
Honda S2000 with standard ECU 245bhp
|Transmission||Duratec engine - 5 speed Ford Type 9 gearbox synchro
Honda engine - Honda S2000 6-speed close ratio synchro
(Race cars only)
|Motec digital dashboard. Bar graph tachometer, gear detection, speedometer, odometer and programmable warning system. Includes data logging and analysis software. User programmable for an extensive range of functions. Can be upgraded with lap timing beacon and car to pits telemetry|
|Koni dampers||Koni double adjustable (bump and rebound) dampers
Allows for precise tuning of dampers to suit circuit conditions and driving style.
Supplied with EIBACH race springs.
|Bodywork and fittings||Road trim bodywork with
||Race trim bodywork with
|Suspension||Road tuned suspension with AVO adjustable shock absorbers||Race tuned suspension with AVO adjustable shock absorbers (Koni double adjustable dampers optional)|
|Brakes||Four wheel disc brakes. Ventilated front discs. ADR approved stainless steel braided brake lines||Four wheel disc brakes. Ventilated front discs. ADR approved stainless steel braided brake lines.
Heavy duty carbon metallic brake pads.
|Wheels and tyres||Four (4) 15x7" superlight wheels with Yokohama "R" tyres||Four (4) 13x8" superlight wheels with Avon ACB10 225/45/13 tyres|