I will be offering 2 different style options for the front and rear of the X5 together with options for Coupe, Convertible and Superlight (no screen, lightweight chassis version) This will provide the customer with 12 variations of the car. I hope to build an interactive website where customers can build their own version too by allowing selection from the 12 options plus wheel and colour choices. I have attached a drawing of the new front option. I call it "shark" and the original one "smile". I will also be offering a "clam shell" front end to get rid of the bonnet shut line and appeal to race mechanics for ease of access at a meeting. The new chassis weighs only 56 kgs and is considerably stiffer than the MX5 monocoque I would appreciate any opinions. Regards Stuart
I loved my MX5 but it always seemed a little too heavy and a little low on power.
The Exocet looks fantastic, but I'd really like a car that was more driveable every day. The standard MEVX5 isn't really a big enough reduction in wieght to justify the myther to me, it looks great - but it's the functionality I'm looking for.
the lightweight chassis option could be the right kit for me though! I'm looking forward to seeing it!
This sounds great. What kind of timescales are you talking about? I can see the more practical side of building a MEVX5, but i would need to make that decision fairly soon as I am about to get going on the build process.
The Coupe and superlight do not have windscreens, we are using the doors from the MX5. We cut out the inside steel of the doors and window glass/motors etc but retain the side impact bar. The door weight is reduced by a massive 15 kgs, Nigel has pictures that he may add to this for us. It would be possible to build a Coupe by cutting a screen frame from an MX5. I may make a GRP one later but then you would need draft proof windows doors and so on. I have one order for an X5 Coupe on the new lightweight chassis for racing, I will let you know how that comes out. It will not have door glass or waterproof seals though.
I'm currently in the process of stripping my MX5 with a hope to put an order in soon, excuse my ignorance but will the lightweight version require the body to be removed and exocet type chassis bolted on with wings and hinged nose similar to an e type (roughly speaking)
is it wish full thinking or would they be displayed at one of the next shows?