For sale is one Lotus 7 replica. This is not a kit car but hand built from scratch. Designed and built similar to the Lotus 7 style and following the designs as shown in the following books:
“Build Your Own Sports Car For As Little As ₤250 – and Race It” by Ron Champion
“How To build a Cheap Sports Car” by Keith Tanner
“Build Your Own Sports Car On a Budget” by Chris Gibbs
The design is somewhat based upon the McSorley 442E sketches but has many different elements. Basically the chassis is 4” longer, 4” wider and 2” taller than a typical Lotus 7.
The donor engine, transmission and differential are from a 2006 Honda S2000. The stock 2.2 liter engine produces 237 HP @ 7800 RPM. The S2000 front and rear uprights are used as well as the brake discs, and cylinders.
The chassis is constructed from 1” and ¾” square mild steel tubing with all joints TIG welded. Cowl and nose are fiberglass, all other siding and fenders are aluminum.
The car also has the following features:
Variable Valve Timing (VVT)
S2000 stock ECU
Sealed aluminum fabricated fuel tank with a stock fuel pump mounted in the tank. (~11.5 gals.)
Aluminum front and rear fenders
Powder-coated chassis and miscellaneous brackets
Ceramic-coated header and exhaust pipe
6 speed transmission
Limited slip differential
Shortened steering rack (Mazda Miata), manual steering
Cobra-style seats with 5 point harnesses
Registered and licensed in the State of California, under SB100 (smog exempt).
The car is essentially complete and drivable, but still needs paint of the fiberglass parts and/or polishing of the aluminum panels. This would make a great car for someone who would like to learn the intimate details of how a car functions and is constructed.
The car is located in Livermore, California.