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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
smog checks.
The powerplant is from a salvage 2002 Acura
RSX S-type with 65k miles. In stock form it
produced 200 hp and is mated to a manual
6-speed trans. In its current configuration, with
some unnecessary items removed (PS pump, AC
compressor), a cool INJEN short ram intake and a
more efficient exhaust system, it puts out over
220hp - on a vehicle that weighs about 1700 lbs.
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
a engine-transmission
package with all the
accessories like the
computer, etc.

A bit of clean up, ScotchBrite
and elbow grease, plus a
PS/AC Delete Kit made a big
Where are the
engine mounts???
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 chassis is set up and leveled in the
garage using an accurate centerline marked
on the floor.
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.
ENGINE MOUNTS were first mocked up in
cardboard, then metal.
Here you can see the
engine compartment with
the four recently
fabricated engine
mounts in place.
The Wilwood parking brake unit
being mounted to the rear
suspension upright.
I mocked up the front divider panel with cardboard
before moving to sheet metal fabrication.
Later it is time to locate the front brake lines,
etc. for installation on the front panel.
RCR provided 10 Gallon aluminum fuel
tank fits behind the seats.
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!
RCR provided fuel filler, with a few
extra lightening holes to make it cooler.
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.
The glove box will house the main fuse
box behind a smoked plexi door.
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.
Paint was a six week ordeal. This was a two
part aircraft paint that either had to be
recoated immediately or left to cure for 5 days.
The firewall, rear license plate mount and the lamps.
So many details all over the car required planning and design.
ELECTRICAL: What a mess!  I am not an electrical person so all I could do is sit and stare at this mess for WEEKS. Finally I began
to struggle with it, finding organizational solutions along the way.
The RCR supplied IP
unit was from KOSO
and is fine, once one  
figures it out. In
operation, this little
device is really great
and provides many
important functions.
This was one of
several Velcro
WALLS in the
vehicle, capable of
easy modification.
The wings looked good in the sketch so
they became a couple of projects. They are
fabricated in aluminum and steel.
The California B.A.R. (Bureau of Auto
Repair) required fenders, a windshield
and wipers - in order to make the car
legal in the state.  Notice that the rear
fenders were originally too wide and
had to be sectioned.
A stereo system was a late addition to the car. It is used mostly in my garage while I am working
there. The system includes Polk Audio Speakers with a Pioneer audio head. It does sound great!
The "pods" are fiberglass, made in a
lost foam process. The speaker faces
are 1/8" aluminum plate.
Fortunately, the remote control will
work through the smoked plexi.
This shows the back of the Pioneer audio head
unit and the Polk Audio crossover units. It
doesn't have rear speakers, a separate amp or
sub-woofer but is wired for all those possibilities.
This rear wing is fabric covered, which
allows for the gentle sweep in end view. A
later version of the RAZOR may well be
fitted with a "Poly-Fiber" body.
A couple of videos