WOW. that's pretty unorthodox. were it me I'd probably do something crazy like taking the front clip from an LH car (3.5L transaxle; long-wise mounted) and rig it up to be a mid-engined setup...then again my creativity and ambition would fall flat on it's face seeing i've never done anything like that before, lol
We've gone through alot of iterations of this project. The final determining factors were
a) what do we know best mechanically
b) what can we get cheap
Both boxes were ticked by aircooled VW and I was actually able to get a full rolling chassis with transmission for the cost of going to pick it up.
The original plan was to weld the VW front torsion to the frame for the front suspension. But we wanted better brakes too. A friend who is building a hell of a 944 (with an LS1) wanted a radiator I had sitting on the shelf and wanted all the unused 944 bits out of his garage so a trade was made. These parts were supposed to go on my VW bus but I sold that to help pay for our misadventures with the Wartburg and free up some garage space.
So, 944 disks are a direct bolt on to the rear suspension of a VW, the front disks can be modified but we got to looking at those porsche a-arms and struts and the better adjustability and overall performance made more sense so we scrapped the VW front idea and are designing the strut towers. The design of the existing wartburg shock towers makes it much easier than it would normally be so we decided to bite the bullet on it.
Suspension sorted on to engines. VW aircooled is a quick and easy setup but the Subie is a simple(ish) conversion and better power/reliability/parts availability so we put that in our notebook. Our subie expert recommended the 2.2 for its robust nature, availability and the fact that it doesnt make so much power it will immediately grenade a VW transaxle. Early 90s subie legacies are cheap and we should be able to part out the rest of the car to more than make up for the initial cost.
We almost flipped the script entirely when we brought home the cheap miata but we decided that was kind of boring in compairason.
OTTER: "I think that this situation absolutely requires a really futile and stupid gesture be done on somebody's part."
BLUTO: "We're just the guys to do it."