Exo Cars: DIY Supercar Slayer or Enthusiast Pipe Dream?

Exo Cars: DIY Supercar Slayer or Enthusiast Pipe Dream?

Ever looked at a NA Mazda Miata and thought, "how do I make this lighter?"

Every car enthusiast at some point has wondered what driving a go-kart on the street is like. You might have also heard about a growing automotive niche subculture known as "Exo Cars". The concept is simple. Take donor car, remove the entire body and build a custom tube frame chassis on top. Throw away safety, aerodynamics, and basic livability for one thing: lightness.

The idea is that light cars go fast. Yet, is it that simple? Is this the magic solution that enthusiasts on a budget can consider? Will your Exo-Miata be able to keep up with a 911 GT3 because it’s a couple hundred pounds lighter? There are a lot of compromises and risks one must take to make this a reality.

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The DesertX is Ducati’s first proper off-roader in a long time. It has gained attention globally from enthusiasts, potential customers, and even famous accessory giants like SC-Project. As a result, the renowned exhaust maker has unveiled the Rally Raid muffler for the DesertX, which helps you make the bike even more fun.

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It may not be as legendary as the original Mini that won the Monte Carlo Rally, but it is a good tribute nonetheless

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This Non-Hybrid McLaren Artura Has GT4 Ambitions

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