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You can build a Dax Rush with many different options. Engines, suspension, wheels, interior, trim - all can be chosen to suit. That's why every Dax Rush is different.

This page shows some of the options available as used in real-world owners' cars.

Engine & Transmission

Engine optionsThe Rush can be built with a wide range of engine and running gear. There does, however, appear to be a preponderance of serious horsepower!


There are now choices about the chassis that are available, including various lightweight options. If anyone has anything to report please send something to the webmaster.

Suspension & Running Gear

Suspension optionsThere are a number of different options for the suspension of a Rush chassis. Look here for some details.


Wheel optionsThe Rush has rather strict wheel requirements which limits the choice. Look here for what is available.

Bodywork & Brightwork

Bodywork optionsGRP or Aluminium?

Interior & Trim

Interior optionsStripped out or sumptuous?

Hopefully this page will build into a complete guide to the various ways of building your own Rush. Contributions in the form of pictures and words about your own car are welcomed. Email web-master@rushowners.co.uk please.

Engine Options

Here, in no particular order, are some of the engines that builders have put into their Rushes.

Ford Pinto

Fuel Injected Ford PintoCarburetted 2.1L Ford PintoFrom 1.6L to 2.1L and beyond. Typically 80 to 160 BHP. Can use donor or aftermarket carburettors, or Ford fuel injection from later Sierras.

Lancia Twin-cam

2.0L Lancia Twin-cam

Ford Zetec

Carburetted Ford ZetecCarburetted Ford Zetec

Alfa V6

Rover V8

Dax's EFI 4.8L V8 demonstratorCarburetted 3.9 Rover V8From 3.5 to 5.2 litres. Typically 160 to over 350 BHP, depending on capacity and state of tune. Carburettors are normally the ubiquitous Holley or the Weber 500 4-barrel. Fuel injection can be from the donor Rover SD1 Vitesse or Range Rover.

Bill Rayner's V8Bob Green's carburetted V8John Cellier's magnificent V8 QuadraAndy North's V8

Cosworth Turbo

Cosworth TurboOne of the commonest two engine fitments (together with the Rover V8), the Cosworth Turbo produces 220 BHP in standard form and can be tweaked to reach 400 BHP or over.

Small-block Chevrolet V8

Small-block Chevy V8 with nitrous injection

Big-block Chevrolet V8

8.0L Rush with bonnet on8.0L big-block Chevy V8Yes, even this monster engine will fit! Thanks to Andy Roberts for providing these pictures of Chris Davey's subtle little 8 litre Oldsmobile-powered chariot. By the way, this car's for sale at about £13,000. Contact Chris.Davey@trelleborg.com for details.


Gary Sanders' Fireblade Rush pictured at the Easter 2001 Open Day

The Honda Fireblade motorbike engine.


Factory Turbo Hayabusa-engined demonstratorThis motorbike engine is a recent development from Dax. Installed in the new lightweight chassis in turbocharged form, their demonstrator makes 350 BHP, giving a power-to-weight ratio of almost 900 BHP per tonne! Should do the job :-)

Suspension & Running-Gear Options

Front Suspension

Double wishbone suspension with external coil-over shock absorbers. The choice used to be Cortina or Cortina. Then came Sierra. Then Cortina was practically dropped, so now it's all Sierra. You can use any 2-wheel drive Sierra (except Cosworth) to supply the front uprights.

A recent option is the unique Camber-Compensating front suspension (CCS), a system designed to give optimum camber angles under all conditions of bump and roll.

Rear Suspension

With a similar development history to the front suspension, the choice was Cortina live-axle (LA) or Cortina live-axle. Then came the independent rear suspension (IRS). Recently, the de Dion (DD) rear end has made most of the sales and the LA version has been effectively dropped.

CCS is also available for the rear IRS suspension.


John Brice's ABS brake system being builtJohn Brice's ABS brake system being builtIt's possible to fit a donor anti-lock brake system (ABS) as Chris Brice has done.

Wheel & Tyre Options

Image 3-piece alloysOne-piece alloy wheelThe majority of Rushes that are seen around use the Image 3-part alloys, which have the advantage of being easily available in the sizes that Dax specify. However, others are feasible, especially if you don't mind resorting to spacers. In addition to the single piece alloys that Dax also sell Compomotive MOs (as on Tim Hovard's Car ) and Revolution RSXs (as on the DROC supremo's car) are available.

Bodywork & Brightwork Options

Bodywork Panels

The main choice on the Rush bodywork is between GRP and aluminium sides and bonnet. However, after that simplistic decision there are a myriad of others including the sort of roll bar and whether to go for chromed suspension.



Rectangular headlampsRound headlamps

Interior and trim

There's perhaps more variation here than in any other aspect of the Rush. Some like the stripped-out racer look. Some prefer the luxury of full carpetting with leather trim. Some have full weather gear. Some get wet.


Rick Clapham's home-made sidescreensRick Clapham's home-made sidescreensFrom Dax or make your own. Several owners have made frameless upper screens from perspex or polycarbonate, to avoid the thick border on the factory doors which can fall right at your eye-level.Richard Pope's sidescreens

Dax sidescreens in Mohair


Factory carpets and home-covered dash in padded vinyl with Stewart-Warner instruments. Kids optional.Andy North's dashboard with interesting instrument podsDax supply dashboards in two styles - flat or sculpted. Each can be delivered as bare GRP or covered in vinyl or leather. Alternatively, make your own.

Instruments from Dax, from your donor (unlikely to look very good though) or from a specialist instrument supplier. The flat dash can take any size instruments (100mm + 52mm is normal) and the sculpted dash can take up to 80mm instruments.

Factory sculptured dash with matching carpets and seatsAshley Trowe's dashboardFactory long-wheelbase demonstrator dashMinimalist Fireblade dashHayabusa car using donor motorbike instruments


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