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Old 06-21-2013, 09:42 PM   #1
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Default Ultimate Miata Diet: How to lose 700lbs

Target weight <1500 lbs.

Starting here @ 2218, or ~200 lbs under stock.



Progress begins...


The missing link is on order:


Yeah, we're going there.
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Old 06-21-2013, 09:52 PM   #2
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In for epic XP car.
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E/D mod? Does it have enough of the stock miata floor pan grafted to it to qualify?
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E/D mod? Does it have enough of the stock miata floor pan grafted to it to qualify?
I'm pretty sure it doesn't actually use any of the floor pan whatsoever. Only the drivetrain, suspension, and steering bits.
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Why not add a GRP Miata shell on top of it just for the looks
One-piece front, a wide-body rear, fastback HT and you're almost there.

A light Miata or a heavy and ugly Seven/Atom replica?
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I still don't see how it was possible to design such a lack-luster, unflattering, negative sex-appeal chassis like that.

I'd still drive it, but man, it was like the goal was to design the world's ugliest kit car first, then figure out everything else later.
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I still don't see how it was possible to design such a lack-luster, unflattering, negative sex-appeal chassis like that.

I'd still drive it, but man, it was like the goal was to design the world's ugliest kit car first, then figure out everything else later.
Same. I like the whole exoskeleton lets-save-weight thing, but I wish they'd make it more...angular I guess. The Ariel Atom actually looks good, this thing not so much.
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^ I think the opposite. I get a little tingle every time I start thinking about having an exocet.
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I still don't see how it was possible to design such a lack-luster, unflattering, negative sex-appeal chassis like that.

I'd still drive it, but man, it was like the goal was to design the world's ugliest kit car first, then figure out everything else later.
This.

It's quite possibly the ugliest kit car I've ever seen.

Myself and the old man are thinking of building a GBS Zero. Basically a Locost/Caterham alike, will take more to build it, but it'll look far nicer and weigh less.

Win win.
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I'm glad I'm not the only person who retches every time I see an Exocet.
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I still don't see how it was possible to design such a lack-luster, unflattering, negative sex-appeal chassis like that.

I'd still drive it, but man, it was like the goal was to design the world's ugliest kit car first, then figure out everything else later.
They are supposedly working on an aero/visual enhancing set of body panels to be released some time next year.

I've seriously considered one, but given the outlay for just the race kit, I'd rather just keep the Miata.
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now if the Catfish was as cheap as the Flyingfish...
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now if the Catfish was as cheap as the Flyingfish...
Yeah, I love the look of the Catfish, but $15k (isn't that it?) for the kit.........there just isn't anyway I can justify it.

I'd sell the Miata and buy a C5 Z06. That would make more sense (at least to me).
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How hard is it to get these things street legal?
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How hard is it to get these things street legal?
Depends on your particular state legislation, there is a lot of good info in this thread:

GRM Exclusive Reveal: Exocet Spec-A: Grassroots Motorsports forum: Grassroots Motorsports Magazine

I was dead set on building one until I realized I'd essentially be in to one for around $10k (on top of the cost of what I've done to the Miata) and essentially end up with something only good for HPDE and the cool factor.
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I barely drive the miata anymore as is. It could be cool to have a real project and then a really fun weekend car. I wouldn't complain as much about the motor after shaving 800lbs off the damn thing. Would probably step it down to a t25 finally.
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Warren is also talking about trying to get together a Spec Series for these, much like the one in the UK. Even a stock 1.6 should be on par with an MX-5 cup car.
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N/A is NOT best.
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Looks better with aero:



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Yep EM/DM territory.

Also new frames are cheating. Get back to me when you're under 1500lbs with the original unibody.
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