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D2W
D2W HalfDork
2/3/18 10:43 a.m.
Keith Tanner said:

There's actually an Exocet that has a Catfish body. The thing is, the Exocet chassis is a bit compromised to get the Atomesque look. Those big sweeping upper tubes kinda get in the way of your elbow and a bent tube is a pre-failed tube. They also stick out between the wheels so you can't do a fully open look like the second car. If you were designing a chassis to go under a variety of bodies, you wouldn't end up with the Exocet.

There has been talk of rebody options and IIRC there's one that's got a real beach buggy vibe to it. Not to everyone's taste, but cool.

How did the catfish body on exocet happen? My understanding is Bauer won't sell a body seperately.

Who is talking of a rebody for the Exocet?

The beach buggy would be cool with a lift kit and mud tires.

Keith Tanner
Keith Tanner GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
2/3/18 12:05 p.m.

Apparently Bauer will sell at least one. I did not interrogate the owner but I’ve had a good look at it.  It’s pretty funny to look inside the cockpit and see those big arcing side tubes.

There’s a guy on the FB group who’s doing a body, and there was one at PRI with extra panels. A few are screwing around with aero as well. 

Keith Tanner
Keith Tanner GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
2/4/18 11:05 a.m.
D2W said:
Kreb said:

I'm kind of shocked that nobody has made a body kit for one, or at least some interesting add-ons beyond what Jack McCormack has done. Even something like this would retain the open-wheeled vibe, while opening up new possibilities:

I would like to see some more views of that top body. It looks interesting.

Purely an enthusiast rendering. Iirc Warren had concerns about the ability to produce it. As far as I know, that’s the only view that’s been generated. 

It would be easy enough to create something in that style via cardboard aided engineering. Might be fun to spend some time with some old boxes and packing tape.   And a set of 24” wheels. 

Keith Tanner
Keith Tanner GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
2/4/18 11:15 a.m.

More on this: check Starr Creations LLC on Facebook. They’ve rendered a swoopy body. 

The Baja Bug style one is buried deep in the Exocet FB group so I cannot find it. 

Another rendering from Yasid Design which is just Photoshop phantasy, but may work as inspiration for someone talented.

Aero experimentation. Lipstick and pigs :)

Keith Tanner
Keith Tanner GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
2/4/18 12:47 p.m.

Me again! Thanks to one of the builders on the Exocet FB group, here’s the Manx-ish Exo. I believe retail is in the plans. Given that the Exomotive “Offroadocet” is beside it, it’s probable that Kevin knows details or at least contact info.

accordionfolder
accordionfolder Dork
2/4/18 2:05 p.m.

Ha! That "Manx-ish Exo" body is awesome!

Don't knock one until you've driven one. Even with the stock 1.6 mine feels nuts 0-60. Now if only I could finish the last mile on it....

einy
einy HalfDork
2/4/18 2:30 p.m.

I REALLY like the buggy body .... something for me to save some shillings to eventually buy !!

accordionfolder
accordionfolder Dork
2/4/18 3:17 p.m.

And to be perfectly honest, the "lipstick on pigs" one is very appealing to me if they smoothed out the lines!

D2W
D2W HalfDork
2/5/18 11:01 a.m.

I was really hoping the manx body was going to be more of a 1 piece design, but it looks pretty cool anyway. I also really like the Yasid Design Render. It looks like something that could be incorporated into the existing bodywork.

Matt B
Matt B UltraDork
2/5/18 1:49 p.m.
Keith Tanner said: 

Another rendering from Yasid Design which is just Photoshop phantasy, but may work as inspiration for someone talented.

 

THIS. The want would go up to 11.

frenchyd
frenchyd Dork
2/14/18 4:57 p.m.
yupididit said:
Keith Tanner said:

Having run around Spec Miatas at Laguna Seca, I can tell you that an Exocet with a stock 1.8 holds station on the front straight but is faster in corners and under braking. I'm assuming those Specs would be running non-stock "Spec" engines.

Bolt on an FM II turbo and the world changes.

I was thinking the same. Plus you don't need gobs of power at that weight to be fast enough to stay ahead on straights on most tracks. 

In the late 1970’s. I Vintage raced a 427 Cobra. There is no way my little Six cylinder Jaguar could stay with him out of the corner but by the end of the straight at Brainerd I’d go by him on the high side.  

The main straight is over a mile long leading into a banked turn followed by another 1/4 mile before a 90 degree turn. He’d actually tuck in behind me in order to stay near me as I entered that tight turn where he’d eat me up coming out of it. 

nderwater
nderwater UltimaDork
6/10/20 8:14 p.m.

So did any exocet body options ever materialize?  Would be super interested in a closed-wheel alternative to the standard bodywork.

Keith Tanner
Keith Tanner GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
6/10/20 8:18 p.m.

Not that I've seen. As I mentioned long ago, a weekend with some duct tape and a bunch of cardboard would generate some very interesting options. 

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