Feb 2022 Update!: Transmission Failure

Elementor #2272 It been a long time since my last update! Some general info here: The car now lives my startup’s headquarters in Dawsonville, GA. Way more space, just no more time! I’ve put about 5,000 miles on the car including a couple track days and autocrosses. Pretty much nothing else has changed (besides what’s […]

Resuming Work and Interior Finishing

Resuming Work and Interior Finishing Previous Next After a very long drought of any meaningful work on the car I have resumed getting the list of to-dos done. I’ve been quite busy lately with my startup, but I want to use the car some this Summer and prepare it for not being a shed-kept project, […]

New Year, New Job, New Website!

New 818coupe.com webpage

New Year, New Job, New Website! New Job! I have just graduated Georgia Tech with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and a concentration in Automotive Engineering. Now, I am cofounding a company, Ampere EV, with a couple others. Our company is creating integrated solutions for the DIY EV market, including safer modular battery assemblies and […]

December 2020 Update: Driving Around and Engine #1 Teardown

 I’ve put another 1000 miles or so on the car driving it around. Even encountered some sub-freezing temps on a trip to the North Carolina mountains and overall everything is still working pretty great! There are a few little issues below though that have been added to the to-fix list. Driver door window needs to […]

November 2020 Update #3: First Track Day!

Track Day: I took the 818 to its first track day at Atlanta Motorsports park. I got to do 2 sessions of about 10 laps each. Overall the car did great! It was certainly fast and the temperatures all stayed in check throughout the session. The car does need some alignment improvements and working ABS/proportioning […]

November 2020 Update #2: Autocross Debut

Took the car out for its first autocross! Had blast and the car did surprisingly well. I thought it would be twitchier based on how it turns in on the road, but it seems like that feeling is just an initial turn in thing. As usual, found a few things here and there to fix/improve […]

November 2020 Update: Breakdown, Driving, Tweaks

  General Update: Have been driving the car for a month now, here’s how it’s gone. Mostly good, with the exception of 1 breakdown…the car sprung a coolant leak on the way back from the alignment shop and required a tow. It was the upper radiator hose, which is a pain to get to, but […]

October 2020 Update: On The Road Again

Small update, but really only fairly small things left on the build with the exception of bodywork. Drove the car back to Atlanta for the next few weeks. Attended a big monthly car show called Caffeine and Octane. Had to park in the boonies of the parking lot because I left from 1.5hrs away and […]

September 2020 Update #2: Sound Insulation and Daily Review

Daily Driver Summary Had a blast driving the 818 for a couple weeks. Still very happy that nothing major went wrong. At the same time, this thing is definitely never going to be a single-car level daily driver. Switching back to my normal car definitely makes me appreciate the quietness and relative comfort for long […]

September 2020 Update: Daily Driver!

General: The car is officially my “daily” for the time being. I did the 75 mile drive back to Atlanta with it and it is my only car here on campus at Georgia Tech. Certainly not the most practical of vehicles, but it has been good to spend some time with it in the driver’s […]