Put Your Miata on the Ultimate Exoskeletal Diet
Turn it into a MEV Exocet with 30% less weight!
The Exomotive MEV ExocetWith 750,000 sold between 1989 and 2005, the Mazda Miata is the bestselling two-seater sports car in history. A reliable, lightweight roadster featuring front-engine, rear-wheel drive layout with a soul that descends from the popular British sports cars of the 60s. There’s a reason we all love it: it really is that good. Just take a look at your local track on any given weekend.
So what is the problem with the Miata? Truthfully, not much. That’s why it makes an excellent platform for a new exoskeletal kit car. Designer Stuart Mills had very clear design goals from the beginning of the Exocet project: easy to build, lightweight, low cost and massive fun. A brilliant concept aimed at the novice car builder.
For 2013 and beyond, Exomotive has taken the Exocet concept to the next level by completely reengineering the chassis for improved rigidity, safety and build time. Every single tube and panel has been redesigned using the latest CAD software and extensive Finite Element Analysis (FEA) to eliminate weak points, improve stiffness and optimize weight. New front and rear bulkhead designs, stressed driveshaft cover, gusset plates, triangulation tubes, integral rollbar design, revised tubing wall thicknesses, a boxed-in engine bay, and a revised floor that now functions as a loadpath between the subframes and suspension points all contribute to an over 300% torsional stiffness improvement compared to the previous model.
In addition to the Miata powertrain, the new Exocet has been designed with LSx V8 power in mind. Improved front bulkhead, floor and transmission cover design allows for exciting options like an LS3/T56 with a Ford 8.8 or CTS-V rear end. Bolt on your Monster Miata, V8 Roadsters or Boss Frog V8 subframe kit and you can create something that will truly scare you. Even a relatively modest LSx build would put you at a power-to-weight ratio similar to the current crop of hypercars – and the new chassis can handle it!
The Build ProcessThe build progression is simple: strip down the body of a donor 1990-2005 Mazda Miata, remove the wiring harness, unbolt the front and rear sub-frames and lift off the old body with an engine hoist. You will be left with the entire mechanical underpinnings of the Miata.
Next, rivet the floors on to the Exocet chassis, install the brake/fuel lines and bolt the new exoskeletal Exocet chassis to the donor drivetrain. Now re-install the steering column, instruments, wiring harness, parking brake, fuel tank, seats and seat belts. Most builds are completed in about 100 hours. No welding, special tools or alterations to donor components needed. You don’t even need to take the engine out.
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Exomotive MEV Exocet SpecificationsLength: 132 inches
Width: 68.4 inches
Height: 47 inches
Wheelbase: 89.2 inches
Weight: 1400-1600 pounds (varies depending on options)
Exocet Base Kit – $5,999
- Exocet Base chassis ready to bolt on to the Miata powertrain
- Designed to use 3-point seatbelts
- Laser cut 6061 Aluminum floors with pilot holes
- Laser cut & CNC bent Transmission Cover
- 6061 Aluminum Front & Rear Bulkheads
- Smoked Plexiglass Side Panels w/Stainless Steel hardware
- Aluminum Grill Mesh
- Steel Fender Mounts
- Nut & Bolt pack
- 25′ of 3/16″ Cunifer Alloy Brake Pipe
- 25′ of Premium Vinyl Edge Trim
- Self Tapping Screws
- Gelcoat Fiberglass Nose, Hood, Fuel Tank Cover, Cowl, and Fenders
- Fiberglass panels available in Black or White
- Online Build Guide
Exocet Sport Kit – $6,699
- All Base kit items plus upgraded Exocet Sport chassis
- Designed for 4,5 or 6 point harnesses
- Roll bar exceeds SCCA/NASA/FIA/MSA specs for cars up to 2500 pounds
- Unbroken driver diagonal and harness bar
- Extra front and rear downtubes for improved rigidity
- DOMEX 700 MC steel harness mount points
- Over 180 different RAL color options standard for body panels
Exocet Race Kit – $7,499
- All Base & Sport kit items plus upgraded Exocet Race chassis
- Roll cage exceeds SCCA/NASA/FIA/MSA specs for cars up to 2500 pounds
- Double Diagonal and Harness Bar
- Single-piece main forward tubes and a tube-gusseted halo
- Gusseted dashboard-level tie-in
- Includes welded-in 18 gauge steel floors for additional protection
“You would not believe how good the Exocet kit car is. This is a brilliant car.” Adam Wilkins – Features Editor, Complete Kit Car Magazine
“The fact is that if you want a sports car, the MX-5 is perfect. Nothing on the road will give you better value. Nothing will give you so much fun.” Jeremy Clarkson, Top Gear
“Small on cost, big on thrills.” Complete Kit Car Magazine
“The MX-5 is a good place to start. It’s renowned for its fine balance and benign oversteering attitude. The Exocet retains its geometry and dimensions almost exactly.” Complete Kit Car Magazine
“Something else that will be a major plus point for the Exocet is the amount of cockpit space. There’s masses of room in here.” Complete Kit Car Magazine
“The harder you push, the more capably the Exocet soaks it up.” Complete Kit Car Magazine