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  1. wemorgan

    wemorgan MB Enthusiast

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    Are there any past or present kit car owners here?

    I'm wondering whether it's time for a change. Something like this has caught my eye:

    Kit Cars : SSC Stylus 1.8 Zetec

    A modern engine in the front and a rear wheel drive light body is rather tempting for me.

    Plan B would be to supercharge the MX5. But at the end of the day it will always be only a MX5, no matter how much money is thrown at it.
     
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    In my experience kit cars are always rather poor as they are not very well developed dynamically and then use regular car components.

    If you want a really decent car either buy a mainstream manufacturers product or design one yourself.
     
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    And you wont get your money back
     
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    The Slyva range of kits seem to come out slightly better than most, though the rear live axle on most models is disappointing.

    There's also a kit car based on the MX5, made by MEV, which weighs ~750kg :)

    I'd like to design my own car body one day, a carbon fibre and aluminium mix would be good. I doubt I'd have the money to make it though. Dreams bigger than my budget.
     
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    On the contrary:devil: i had an AC Cobra replica, top quality fibreglass, chassis, interior, running gear and motor. Used it for 3 years, put a 6.3 litre chevy in it, used it for 18 months and sold it at a profit. Virtually all AC kits are excellent, and, some simply have outstanding build quality. Granted, not all kits are the same, though i think someone should stand up for them..... That'll be me then!!!!! :D
     
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    Au-contraire, ALL Cobra kits are form before function and generally handle slightly worse than a Blancmange.

    A work colleague built one..ladder chassis, no anti-roll bars, took it to Elvington and found it's limitations.
     
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    Wow. :eek: Well I never, gosh, blimey crikey, we must all have been mistaken then. Have you built, owned/driven one? Have you heard of crendon, dax, ak, pilgrim to name but a few. All fine pieces of engineering, very well crafted kits, independent suspension ..... I think i'll stop now.
     
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    I agree one of my pals has a Chevy 454 in his cobra replica drives better than a lot of American Muscle including Dodge Viper and Charger, it's a handful but a very enjoyable handful:D

    What about Ginetta they are basically kit cars and you can't get a finer track car

    Not all kits are bad depend upon the engineering skills of the designer and builder, so I'll stand up for them too :thumb:
     
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    There's this G27 on PH

    PAUL STEPHENS - Specialist in Porsche : Ginetta G27

    though from what I've read on another forum it has questionable history.

    The lack of a soft top may make it too much of a track only toy though.
     
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    I've driven quite a few on track and they are good, not sure about a soft top but there are various hard tops available for them like THESE A better option than the Sylva IMHO
     
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    Isn't there a member on here selling a stripped out CLK55?

    Surely that's better than driving something that smells like a canoe factory.
     
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    Yes, I've met Jon several times. His CLK is very nice indeed.

    It's just not quite what I'm looking for.
     
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    Yes I have and not descriptive words I would use for them, Dax in particular are rated as carp.
     
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    Build your own triangulated spaceframe chassis and go from there.

    Some people think that because a car has independent suspension it will handle well. Unfortunately they are only kidding themselves.
     
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    Of course the best one of them all is the Caterham :thumb: Particularly the superlight R500 0-60mph in 2.8 secs :D mapped correctly and you can be below 2.5 secs heaps of fun :eek::eek:
     
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    The Caterham isn't exactly a normal build in your shed "kit car".

    Bit slow isn't it at 0-60 in 2.5s...
     
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    A friend of mine at work has a Caterham with a Rover V8 in it. Not conventional, but very nice!!!
     
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    Caterham's are sadly far too expensive for me. Though I think I could afford a Westfield with a Zetec engine. I'll admit those Lotus 7 style cars are the ultimate track toys. I just feel the same car with body panels over the wheels looks more elegant.....vanity before function, shame on me.
     
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    Get a Cobra replica then...
     
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