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This is an exocar, similar to the
Ariel Atom. It is built from a
chassis from Race Cars
Replicas/Superlite Cars, Detroit. It
comes loosely bolted together
although many (most) parts need
to be modified or created from
scratch. The project took about
15 months to complete plus three
for legal manipulations. It is now
street legal in California and
doesn't even need bi-annual
|The chassis arrived on a late
February day. The extra
components were in boxes and
the chassis was mounted on
wheels and tires that I
drop-shipped to Detroit.
|The salvage engine arrived
with much needed work. I got
package with all the
accessories like the
A bit of clean up, ScotchBrite
and elbow grease, plus a
PS/AC Delete Kit made a big
|Where are the
|The shift cables on this car come in from the front so
a new bracket had to be designed and fabricated.
The stock cables are still used for shifting.
|The engine is brought in with a
crane on a set-up box. In this pix
you can see the lines (centerline
and rear axle) on the floor.
|A carpenter's laser is used to
align the engine to the chassis
and floor lines.
|The Wilwood parking brake unit
being mounted to the rear
|The console unit with parking brake
handle and Hybrid Racing RSX shifter.
|The single radiator is on the left side and
required an elaborate set of aluminum sheet
metal parts for installation.
|The aluminum fan shroud.
More aluminum bending!
|The steering plate had to be rebuilt to fit
me and my Sparco seats.
|The INSTRUMENT PANEL started as a quick sketch, became a cardboard mockup (using actual switches) which served as an ergonomics study.
|Center console design incorporates
the chrome fire extinguisher as a
design element. I like the way it
works with the exposed shifter too.
|The side scoop was mocked up in cardboard then made in 1/16" aluminum. The supplied fiberglass skirts required extensive modification on both ends.
|I tack welded the exhaust pipe sections then had an expert, Robert Butler, do the final welding. The muffler hangers are fabricated out of steel plate.
|This was one of
WALLS in the
vehicle, capable of
|The wings looked good in the sketch so
they became a couple of projects. They are
fabricated in aluminum and steel.
|The "pods" are fiberglass, made in a
lost foam process. The speaker faces
are 1/8" aluminum plate.
|A couple of videos