We’ve got an amazing deal on a completely custom Sonic 7 rolling chassis, complete with a 315hp 2.3L MazdaSpeed6 engine.
This build has been well documented on the Exomotive section of Exocars.net with over 40 pages in the build log: http://exocars.net/showthread.php?t=2197
The project was originally undertaken by Cord Bauer, who is now spending 100% of his time with the new Catfish kit car. Unfortunately, this means that his nearly done Sonic 7 has been sitting in the garage, forlorn and unappreciated. We’ll it’s time that someone take on the challenge, finishes it this winter, and take it out as a new car this spring.
The car has so many upgrades and changes, it’s almost impossible to keep track of them all. If you’re serious about buying the car, please read the whole exocars.net build thread. It goes over all the time, engineering and testing that the Sonic has been through, some of it finding its way onto the production units. All work was done at Tony Woodford’s AWR Racing shop, which housed a Renault F1 car and a 1,200hp Nissan IMSA GTP car when the Sonic first arrived. Tony’s now working on the original 260Z race car whose setup and suspension tweaks created the base for the 260ZX car. Adam Carolla is due to pick up his little trophy any day now. 🙂
The Sonic is a roller, and features:
-Wilwood brakes, hubs, rotors and calipers all around. Big 6 pistons calipers up front with four caliper dynapros in the back
-Wilwood pedals/master cylinders
-Custom cnc machined front caliper mounts
-all stainless hard line and braided line
-Odyssey superlight battery moved to passenger footwell
-18″ x 8″ superlight rims with new powder coat ($500 just for the coat)
-upgraded aluminum adjustable coilover shocks
-fully adjustable suspension
-custom aluminum radiator with AWR-fabricated shroud and fan
-upgraded quick steering rack installed
-upgraded adjustable steering height on large 1″ heim joint mount
-AWR fabricated aluminum interior panels
-drive by wire throttle
-custom short throw shift mechanism with custom cable routing
-large 11 gallon fuel cell with steel safety straps and AWR aluminum firewall cover for the tank
-lowering/stiffening seat mounts for the MEV seats
-Carter hi-flow fuel pump (new)
-AWR four point roll hoop for safety and structural advantage
-AWR custom engine mounts with Energy Suspension urethane bushings
-Mazda 2.3 MazdaSpeed6 turbocharged, direct injected, variable valve engine with custom-plumbed side mount intercooler. This engine has approximately 500 break-in miles on it.
-AWR fabricated exhaust with Sebring muffler and catalytic converter delete–said to be good for an additional 40hp.
-Mazda 3 five speed transmission, blueprinted, with LSD
-fully wired for the MazdaSpeed3 by Dino Dobbins, who also wired up the F1 car at Tony’s shop, including a new dummy gauge panel. (over $3k total).
-All of the bodywork has been sanded, cut, pre-assembled and prepped for painting. It’s 95% ready.
If you add up the options for a U.S. Sonic now, the unassembled kit itself would cost you over $14,000, and that doesn’t include the upgraded parts on this car or the CUSTOM work done to it. Add the professional man hours, and this stopped be a “normal” kit car long ago.
What will it take to get rolling? One of two things: re-flash the ECU at a Mazda dealer and have them re-key the car (I have two dummy keys). You’ll have your hands full with an estimated 315 hp and about the same amount of torque.
OR, take out the engine and sell it for $2,500 on Ebay, drop in a 2.0 or 2.3 Ford Ecotec or Mazda 3 (same engine), and you’ll still have 150hp and supercar handling, thanks to the light weight and the upgraded suspension and brakes.
The car that took over $30k and two years to build is available for best offer over $15k. Contact us at info AT exomotive DOT com for more info.