Friday, October 31, 2014

Lotus Se7en

"Don't look in the box," he says. But the UPS truck just left and that custom oil cooler isn't going to install itself. Such is the life of building a car from scratch to satisfy your lust for driving fast. For $15,000 you get a 2.0-liter Duratec engine mated to an NC Miata 5-speed and an NB Miata Torsen differential inside a hand-constructed chassis. DeteeeecTIVE! You're looking for this Locost.

Welcome to the 2014 Daily Turismo Halloween Horrorod special, where movies and cars collide. If you kill this car, it will win. (But not really)

Caterham extracts 180 horsepower from Ford's 2-liter DOHC Duratecs. Even with standalone Megasquirt engine management and individual throttle bodies, expect a figure slightly south of that. Normally that would have you envying the output of your neighbor's minivan, but this thing is no glutton; most Seven replicas weigh around 1,300-1,500 pounds.

At one point in the build, hand-welded control arms were used. But this is a guy who also used CAD-rendering software to determine torsional load on just about every weld, so I think you can trust it. Dear builder, you have earned a sensible amount of pride from your meticulousness.

Gaz coilovers provide a ride not nearly as smooth as Morgan Freeman's voice, inside hopelessly narrow fenders. A full roll cage and a singular, scantily padded Kirkey seat would make this tough to drive daily. Digging through the complex and intricate construction in the build thread reveals its purpose: The track day. As the ultimate testament to the builder's capability, things don't fly off at speed.

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PhiLOL actually likes the tuna here, but abhors structural rust. Save the manuals.


  1. Beetle tail lights? srsly? And could he not have gotten that fuel filler just a bit more centered on the rear end? I get the no-holds-barred track day setup ain't care about symmetry and all... but that little detail would drive me nuts.

    1. It is voting season and very hard to stay centered when the little details drive you nuts.


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