Kit Cars

Kit CarsIf you are looking to build a car, there is an option other than fixing up an old car.  You could also look at kit cars.  Kit cars are a way to build a car from the ground up without having to engineer everything for yourself.  Kind of like a functional version of the models you put together as a kid.

I am not talking about the kits that try to make your Fiero look like a Ferarri, but cars that give an actual performance upgrade from the base car.

One of the most well know is Factory Five Racing.  They sell a Shelby Cobra replica (although they are not legally able to call it a Cobra) that uses Ford Mustang running gear.  Even with the older pushrod 5.0 powerplant, the performance is amazing.  How do they do that?  Simple, you are putting the engine into a much smaller simpler car.  That means it is lighter.  And a lighter car with the same horsepower as a heavier one, will have better performance.  The same with braking and handling.

They also have a hot rod style kit car, as well as others.  All of them offering significantly better performance than the donor vehicles.

The picture at the beginning is of a Smyth G3F.  It takes a VW Jetta/Golf donor car and you create a mid-engine car that weighs around 2200 pounds.  You can even have it be diesel powered.  All in all, that is a neat idea.

There are also ones that let you build a kit version of the Lotus Seven, which was all about light weight and performance from the factory, so it seems like a good fit for a version with more modern running gear.  If you can imagine it, someone else probably has too, and there may be a kit version of it.  If not, maybe you can create one.

I like the idea of having a truck show up with a pile of parts, taking what I need off a donor car, and putting it all together.  Being able to build a car completely from the ground up would be a fun experience.  And you would know how everything worked on it along the way.

To me, that makes kit cars sound like a lot of fun.


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  1. Ineed informations about thisSmyth G3F

    The picture at the beginning is of a Smyth G3F. It takes a VW Jetta/Golf donor car and you create a mid-engine car that weighs around 2200 pounds. You can even have it be diesel powered. All in all, that is a neat idea.

    • The Smyth kit cars are a pretty cool idea. I am not sure if I prefer the G3F or the Jett Ute, I like both for different reasons. Now I just need a bigger garage to hold all the cars I want to have.

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