After thinking about the comeback of kit cars, we stumbled across a builder in Michigan that has a pretty interesting option. Race Car Replicas (RCR) has introduced the Superlite Coupe (SL-C), and while we haven’t been able to confirm any on the road, it seems like a pretty interesting option for the do-it-yourself crowd.
For $43,995 RCR sells a complete rolling kit. This includes an aluminum chassis with six-point roll cage, six-piston calipers brakes, FIA bladder style fuel tanks, and a complete (but minimal) interior. The body is made out of a gelcoat polymer likely over fiberglass for lightweight construction.
RCR doesn’t supply the engine or transmission, but it insists, "the engine bay will accept any longitudinal engine trans package." RCR suggest using everything from a Chevy LS series V8 to a twin turbo charged Lexus V8.
While spending $44K on a car that still requires an engine and some serious personal wrench time may not appeal to everyone, RCR also has a minimalist Superlite Roadster (SL-R). It’s $16K price tag and Ariel Atom -like looks may get the masses back to kit cars.