Because (diy) Racecar

This vehicle came to us from the son of its original builder. He worked on this car for years but sadly illness moved in on him faster then he could get this project finished. We saw it for sale and heard the story and knew immediately it needed to come here.

saturn powered midlana and sylva-mojo inspired locost build

It’s built mostly from 1″ square tubing as is typical in “locost” builds often inspired by lotus seven replicas. From what we are told this was built from scratch based on pictures the builder saw. It looks like a combination of a Midlana and a Sylva Mojo to us but there are a number of features that are unique to this specific build.

saturn engine in the locost build

The first thing that stood out to us is the use of a Saturn engine. This example is an LL0 DOHC model making approximately 124 hp. While that may not sound like much but it is more than enough needed to accelerate a vehicle this light to ludicrous speed. Mated to a 5-speed manual trans we expect it will be a ton of fun to drive at any speed.

The use of saturn parts is not limited to the engine. There are parts of that doner car throughout this build including much of the steering gear, all of the electrical, even the actual cluster from the car has been surrounded by a hand formed dash/cowl.

factory saturn cluster installed in the locost dash
custom suspnesion built for this saturn powered midlana locost

As for the rest of the chassis and suspension, its all one of a kind hand built from scratch. The actual control arms appear to have been made from scratch. They are bolted to otherwise stock saturn steering knuckles utilizing the bearings and brakes from the donor car.

There are a few spots in the chassis that could stand for some additional material being added and the obvious need for a significant roll bar. Our plan is to make these changes as time allows and hopefully get some time behind the wheel of this one before passing it along to its next owner.

frame with featurs eexpected from typical midlana or sylva mojo
front shot of the midlana and sylva-mojo inspired locost build
interior of the locost build showing saturn 5 speed shifter and dash
rear end and tsaturn transmission / engine combo in the locost kit car

If anyone has some insight into this or similar builds please comment! We would love to hear from you.


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