New Racing Series For The Common Man

OK, I don’t know how many of you read my blog about the new trend emerging in the auto industry, The ExoCars.  Well in the ExoCar community (located at there is much talk about developing an ExoCar specific race series.  This type of series would focus on affordability.  The chassis would all be of similar design and the engine displacement and induction would be class specific, as would tires and aerodynamic aides.  Let’s break it down into a list so we can check it out shall we…

– Exo-1: Entry level, 2 seater cars, normally aspirated 4 cylinder automotive engines to keep it simple and cheap.  Single seater cars would be limited to 600cc motorcycle engines.

– Exo-2: Intermediate level, single seater cars mainly,  1,000cc motorcycle engines.  2 seater cars would be allowed turbocharged/supercharged 4 cylinder engines, etc.

– Exo-X: Very few limits for those that want to fly on the road and care more for raw performance than wheel to wheel competition.  Powertrain options are unlimited.

Now, the entry level costs to compete would be in the low $20,000 area.  For a complete track day car, that’s CHEAP!  The video posted above is of Race Car Replica’s Superlite Nemesis using a Hyabusa 1,300cc motorcycle engine with a paddle shift setup.  This car is available as a rolling chassis minus drivetrain for $19,000 (that’s US Dollars for our foreign readers).  Now, this thing weighs in at about 1,000 lbs (minus your fat ass).  Talk about fun!  The Superlite Roadster, which is a 2 seater version, is offered as a rolling chassis minus tires and drivetrain.  (Yeah, yeah, you gotta send in tires.)  That car is offered at $16,000 (again, USD) as a roller and weighs in at 1,300 lbs with a supercharged GM Ecotec 4 cylinder engine.  But, you can put any FWD drivetrain you want in there.

Now, this sounds like a fantastic idea to me.  You get the excitement and exhilaration of extreme speed, but you’re only spending pennies compared to other series.  A Spec Miata engine costs more than the Superlite Roadster as a roller.  Think about that…  A whole car, or an engine…  I’d rather have the whole car and enjoy the fun.  Plus, with spending so little, the other half has nothing to complain about!  Ah ha!!

If you’d like links to some ExoCar manufacturers, please check out , you should be able to gather any and all the information you need.