Friday, January 14, 2011

2011 Mev Exocet

We know summer days are far, far away, but anyone looking for a cool summer kit car should meander on over to the Mev Exocet. This kit car begins with a Mazda MX-5 Miata, tacks on an extra �2000 (around $2,500) in components and labor, and ends with a vehicle that looks like it belongs in the dunes. Mev claims doing the conversion is easy and can be done without professional assistance, but we’d play it on the safe side and ask for help anyway. Of course, if anyone is feeling froggy, then they may want to start the project now so it can be ready by the time the summer heat rolls in.

To begin the conversion, Mev removes the body shell of the Miata, leaving a rolling chassis. A full bracketed chassis and an integrated roll bar is then added, along with a GRP bonnet, rear cover, front & rear bulkheads, side panels, grille mesh, lower rear panel, and wings to complete the oversize go-cart. The Exocet also gets alloy floor panels, an alloy transmission tunnel, and a variety of nuts and bolts to keep the thing together. The design then takes a stickered turn with a vinyl graphics set in yellow, orange, black, white, red, or light green.

Up until now, we’d be convinced that this would be an excellent present to take the kids around the neighborhood, but then Mev suggests using a 1.6L (120bhp), 1.8L (131bhp) or 2.0L (167bhp) engine. Now it just sounds like a great day of fun for the kid in all of us.

2011 Mev Exocet originally appeared on on Thursday, 13 January 2011 12:00 EST.

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