With the front wing prepared, it’s time to glue them to the wing stays. The new build manual (v1.2 and v2.0) advises builders to fit the repeater and IVA trim after the wing has been glued to the wing stay, but personally I feel this is counter intuitive.

The position of the front wing is an IVA compliance item. The front edge of the wing must be forward of the wheel (not the tyre). Other build blogs and my previous 360R were built with 75mm from the wing stay to the front edge of the wing. I use masking tape to mark this on the ruler to make it quicker and easier measure the position.

I marked the position of the wing and the wing stay in the correct position, because it’s not going to be possible to use the ruler when the glue is applied.

With masking tape I marked the area where the wing stay glue will go, so I can key the area with some sand paper.

And finally, before I could apply the wing glue, I removed the power coat from the wing stay and scored it with a file. This is all about providing the best adhesion possible. I have read about builders where the wing has fallen off, because the powder coat separated from the wing stay.

The adhesive was supplied in the kit from Caterham. I wanted a good thick application of glue, and this was as thick as I could apply before the glue would start falling off the wing stay. Pressing the wing onto the wing stay and securing it with tape is documented in the build manual (v1.2 and v2.0) as is leaving it for 24hrs, so that’s what I did.

24hrs later the tape can be removed. The joint can then been strengthened with more glue, but this time smoothed with your finger and – as recommended by the new manual (v1.2 and v2.0) – WD40. To create a neat joint, I used masking tape to create straight(ish) lines. I am sorry I didn’t take any photos of this, mainly because I had glue and WD40 covered gloves and I didn’t want to touch my phone.

Tools Used

  • Dremel
  • File