cool stuff, I haven't seen a pioneering conversion like this for a while on here
what is the advantage of the motor?, light weight yes, but power not much different to a mild a14 is it? is there much of a performance market with bits for this motor?
Cheers Mick, and others too.
As for advantages. How about you can buy a CR14DE for as little as $550 as a low KM motor from almost any Jap wrecker. If they put out 63kw ATW, that, combined with a manual is approx 70kw which is around 95hp ATW which to me is a pretty good advantage. That's a bit more than a mild A14. They are cheap to rebuild, weigh bugger all, have 16 valves, vvt and a cross flow head. There are some mad Europeans turbocharging them and getting upwards of 300hp out of them but I haven't looked that far ahead yet.
If however I had used a CG13DE from a K11 Micra there are different cams etc from Tomei. The CG13 has a pressed metal sump and a dizzy ant can punch out over 300hp.
As the CR is lighter by at least 10kg, combined with a slightly heavier gearbox, you are effectively going along the same principles as a mid mount conversion.
Combine this info into a light car and you may just have a serious package for the street or track.
Disadvantages. Not a straight in swap and may attempt to spill the contents of your stomach everywhere.