The better half bought this in late '92 as they were announced in the US. We just put (another) new engine it it and had it resprayed. Stupidly fun to drive. Smoooooth, midrange that makes the lightness fun, tight steering and suspension. Very expensive to keep running properly though.
She yearns for an Exige if we ever stack it. Which considering how I drive, may come sooner than later. As an ex-motorcycle roadracer it's tough to find something on 4 wheels that scratches the itch!
The Elise/Exige is something that I describe to people as a sport bike you sit in, I did the BWR supercharger, added and air to water intercooler, head/cam, and Von Hepp exhaust. It is maniacal. Gtek is telling me 0-60 in 3.5 sec. Spedo is easy to bury. This is ours before we did the upgrades. I must upload a photo of it with the body off doing the engine, it is artwork.
Beautiful. Form following function always produces true beauty. Do you take it to your local track? That would be VIR wouldn't it?
If I can be bold and assume less than £25k instead of $ then my old mans P4 Ferrari Replica may qualify Chevy V8 engine with an exhaust system he hand made himself. It's lighter + faster than the original and doesn't have a £10mil price tag! Not that I would sniff at the original.
Only downside is that you can't drive it through Italy. Ferrari have found and destroyed replica's in the past
The flag is in the background by the way, the photo just makes us look over patriotic :S
"The penalty for failure is video death"
Found some photos, this is the stage I supercharger which I later pulled and put in an air to water IC and some other upgrades. But it looks the same other than two pipes.
Here is the car last Halloween, we loaded up my neighbor in his costume and drove around town.
Here is the back half of the shell sitting the house.
And here is the rear with the body removed, the supercharger is on the engine, I love how they used bonded aluminum and magnesium to create simplistic yet impossibly stiff and light structure.
And yeah, not under 25k.....
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All arcade rooms should come with Tabby cats and car body parts strewn about.
Actually that is Tokyo, the no good snooty breed cat, the other two we have are "tabbies" but are the cool cats. Pchan is the really cool one, I declared him to be his own breed, the North American Singe Tail, he sits down when I am soldering and drapes his tail over the iron, also has hopped onto the oven door a few times.
Flare, if you care about performance, and want something cheap there are two lesser known options for around 5 and 10k. These need some work but it is all bolt on stuff. For around 10k you can build what is called the poor man's Cobra. You buy a Mazda Miata in good shape with a failed or failing motor, the V8 Miata conversion kit, and a Ford 5ltr engine (from the 5.0 Mustang) plus a few other bits and tire/wheel upgrades. The car only gets 200lbs heavier, the balance is not ruined, and you get a car that is just insanity. Option 2 is to pick up a late 90's or early 2000s Honda Civic hatch with a bad motor which will be crazy cheap, pull an Integra R motor which is also cheap now, and a used turbo kit that has also gotten very cheap. You'll get mid-cost Porsche performance for nothing, and they respond well to suspension upgrades as well. Once built both are reliable as daily drivers.