Tuesday, May 10, 2016

4.5 Lbs Per HP: 2008 Locost Custom Lotus 7

Locust: a type of grasshopper that travels in very large groups and that can cause great destruction by eating crops.*

Locost: a type of custom Lotus 7 replica that travels alone and can cause great destruction by killing its driver.

Find this 2008 Locost Custom "Lotus" 7 offered for $10,500 in London, ON, Canada via kijiji.ca.

The original Lotus 7 was designed by madman Colin Chapman as the ultimate in the spirit of "simplify, then add lightness" -- and today we've got a custom built replica that updates that original mantra to "simplify, then add V8."

If you have any doubts that this won't be the best $10k you've ever spend on an automobile, just watch this video on youtube and then come back here when you are ready to apologize for being wrong.

Under the hood is a 5.7 liter Chevrolet LT1 V8 taken from a 1994 Camaro which could easily produce something in the 350 horsepower range when equipped with headers and tuned for burnouts. Behind the V8 is a T56 6-speed manual gearbox and the world's shortest driveshaft leading to the rear end.

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*From Merriam-Webster.


  1. Great find/fun. Thanks.

  2. I've never seen a car with a K&N clitoris before.

    That's amazing.

    This thing looks like fun, and equally importantly it looks like it actually runs. And the ease with which that engine fits gives one occasion to think about what it'd go like with an LSA in there.

    If 4.5lb/hp is good, < 3lb/hp would be even better.

    1. Having built and autox'd a 2600 pound LS1T56 FC RX7, my view on this little beast is that it must be insane fun at 1600 pounds! Completely nutso in the best way and that's a good price, happy to see coil-on-plug upgrades present and it should be a simple car to maintain. Hilarious fun on a budget, this is awesome.

    2. Dang Mrkwong, now I can never look at that car without thinking about that. But I will admit that I was looking for some comment to make about the K&N. It is the only part of this thing that I would change. There has to be a better solution. Even if it costs a few BHP, I think this car can afford it.

    3. Because the LT-1 engines have the distributor mounted below the water pump, the intake manifold can be reversed with just a little work on the sealing surfaces at the front and rear of the lifter valley. Having the throttle body at the rear would allow the air cleaner and intake ducting to remain under the hood.

  3. I can't imagine if someone threw me the keys to this. So awesome.

  4. Salvadore Dali's Lotus 7 Found!

  5. Would owning this void my life insurance policy entirely or just increase my monthly payments? Either way it'd probably be worth it.

    1. Any worthwhile insurance adjuster would realize that the likelihood of you surviving to pay your next monthly installment is slim.


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