It failed. However it’s not that bad:
1) Seat back strength. As the seats have harness holes in an impact all of the force gets taken up by the back mounts and the seat back. I didn’t have evidence that the seat conformed to the M1 Directive 76/115/EEC. I spoke to Cobra after the test and they that they’ve never had an issue with Roadster 7’s and SVA, but the also don’t have any documentation to send me, they will call me back on Monday and see if the can sort something out.
Two solutions, get the paper work or weld in a bar higher than the harness holes between either side of the roll bar.
2) Mirrors. Due to the seat backs getting in the way (more than 10%) of the rear view the passenger side mirror becomes a requirement. You couldn’t see enough in that mirror. It requires convex glass. (and not just double sided taped on)
Two solutions, find some glass that goes in the existing mirror or replace the mirror.
3) Sheet metal edges on bonnet all round need rubber on them. Would have done this there an then but I need to go back anyway so no point in rushing it.
4) Glass fibre edge under bonnet requires a radius of 1.5mm. Ditto above
5) Steering geometry – car didn’t self centre from full lock my fault for checking the properly. Need to get Camber, caster and toe in setting from Mark or Simon (not that I was able to get a conclusive answer before)
6) Heat shield brake master cylinder and servo – I put an ali sheet on there but consensus was that it would soak up more heat. Fix cover in heat shield, not problem got a box of that in the garage.
7) Brake valve compensator – I used zip ties to hole this up, needs a proper bracket.
8) Design weights were wrong on the form. Car is heaver at the back that expected – probably due to the exhaust. So need a letter from Marlin with new weights. The rear needed to be at least 563 (and the gross put up to cover this)
The collapsible of the steering column was a very close issue but they did pass it in the end after a lunch time chat with everyone else there and a study of the manual.
That was it so all in all not too bad, nothing that can’t be fixed. Thanks to Mark the tester at Southampton was nice a guy and very honest about everything all these issue are very fair points and I feel better about driving the car with them sorted!
Interior projections all passed, exterior projections all passed (had to sand down the rear reflectors a bit more, but that was it!)
Emission were still OK, exhaust was so close you wouldn’t believe. One pipe was 98.9 and the other was 100.7 with an average of 99.8db!