158: Tuesday 7th September 2010

I got an email at work from our director of public affairs stating that there was an article about the Probatron in the 1st September Autocar magazine. It also said that I need to get in quick as the new edition comes out tomorrow. So I rushed down to the shop and sure enough there was an article on page 19. The photo below shows an edited version (I've taken out the stuff that has nothing to do with the Probatron). Another little claim to fame.


  1. I just stumbled across this, very nice. I have been considering building one myself.

    Great work, keep it up!

    Ken Schafer (Probesport)

  2. Ken, If you are serious then the first consideration is - how much money are you prepared to put into it. There are ways of doing things on the cheap, and there are the uncompromising ways of getting the best. If you want a big range and very high performance, then the big bucks are required, ah but what a car...! I am happy to help you decide how to progress.

  3. I second that, Great work James. Been following your progress for a while. And have been eyeing probe/mx5/mr2 for a conversion but have trouble with the workspace and charging point (living in a London flat). My main parts of worry is the welding required and the manufacture of the adaptor plate. Did you mill the plate yourself?
    Many thanks,

  4. mentar, sorry for the delay, but I have been busy fitting a new kitchen (remember the pile of bricks on the driveway? they've gone now etc...). I didn't mill the plate myself, I had help. Unless you have access to a machine shop and you know what you are doing then I would just concentrate on doing a good drawing and getting it accurate. I can help you with that for an mx6, not mx5, or a probe directly as I have the measurements. I can also describe how to draw an adapter. Mine is in 2 pieces for the outer adapter and 2 pieces for the inner adapter. These are easily adapted to fit your motor / gearbox combination. As for welding, there is a way round this. I used a 4" angle grinder with a disc for cutting stainless steel. These discs are about 1mm thick and cut through mild steel quite easily. You can buy angle iron from a steel supplier and cut it with one of these discs. Then drill and bolt it all together to try it out and get it all set up. Then you can take it away and get it all welded together. It helps to have access to a garage, but it is not essential providing you can clear up the space and keep the car parked there. You could also hire workspace for a couple of months and do more or less what you like.