When 100 US car manufacturers just won’t do…


Subaru Motor

Subaru Motor

When I was 10, a neighbor kid and I built a cheap soap box racer out of stuff we found in our parents garages (sorry about the lawn mower wheels, dad).  It didn’t last a week before breaking but I was proud of building that little toy.

Fast forward to today as a friend of mine is laboring to do something far more daunting in his garage; he’s building a real car, mostly at home, to his design.

Stripping a donor Subaru down to chassis and drivetrain, he has the basis for a +230HP car about the size of a Lotus Elise, weighing less than1500 pounds.

To me, this all this sounds about as much fun as rectal bleeding, but I’ve seen the plans, know the dude, and it’s starting to sound very real.

I’m going to follow his progress, encourage him as much as possible, and send him $20 just to get in on the ground floor.  They laughed at Elon Musk, too.

Strictly as an aside, the cars most coveted in the world are produced by the following:

  • Volkswagen owns: Porsche, Bugatti, Lamborghini, Audi and Bentley
  • Fiat-Chrysler (FCA) owns: Ferrari, Maserati, Alfa Romeo, Lancia and Fiat
  • BMW Group owns: BMW, Rolls Royce and Mini
  • Daimler owns: Mercedes and Smart

A few years from now we may be adding this home-built to the list…


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About the Author: Dave Miller

Dave Miller With Lotus GT
Dave Miller drives the fastest, coolest, sexiest cars on the planet. He travels the world uncovering the hidden gems in luxury transportation, meeting the owners, and connecting with extraordinary car enthusiasts. Dave is a member of the Midwest Automotive Media Association and writes for various publications. In addition to DriveWithDave.com, you can follow Dave's adventures via Drive With Dave Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and tune into the Drive with Dave Podcast via iTunes, Stitcher or Soundcloud.

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