This V8-powered kit car used to be a Mazda Miata
Well, it no longer is
I don’t normally like kit cars but this one’s different. First of all, it features a Terminator-like endoskeleton, in that it really doesn’t have body panels, there are just a few pieces of carbon-reinforced plastic used as makeshift doors, and then another one to protect the engine. And by the way, it’s road legal.
It’s built by Exomotive and it is based on the underpinnings of a first-gen Mazda Miata (the NA model). They call it the Exocet Sport.
Under the hood, you’ll find a Cadillac-sourced supercharged V8, sending 534 hp and 586 lb-ft to the rear wheels, courtesy of a 6-speed Tremec gearbox and a Getrag limited-slip diff. If Cadillac V8s aren’t your thing, Exomotive is more than willing to [try and] accommodate your request since, well, they specialise in kit cars.
It’s quite striking. Partly because of the 15-inch TrakLite wheels wrapped in Toyo Proxes R888 tires and the open cockpit with carbon fiber seats and a quick-release Nardi steering wheel but mostly, I suspect, because of the massive Roush Yates carbon fiber rear spoiler.
It was just sold on Bring a Trailer (with 18,000 miles on the clock), for $42,750. Is it worth it?