Simon's Clubman Site

The Locost is a hand built "kit car" based on Colin Chapman's classical Lotus Seven - in Australia known as a "Clubman" or "Clubbie". My project was inspired by Ron Champion who published a book call "How to build a Sports Car for £250". The only differnce with this project is that there is no "kit" as such, only a book. This book is based on the concept of wrecking a Ford Mk2 Escort, and basically transplanting the mechanical components into a welded space frame. Whilst it may be possible to do this for £250 in the United Kingdom, it is certainly not possible in Australia. All new vehicles in Australia, whether they be mass produced or individually hand crafted, must comply with the current Australian Design Rules (ADRs) of the day (all except crash testing that is). This translates to using current day car as a donor vehicle. For my project I have purchased a wrecked 1992 Mazda Miata (MX5), which provided the majority of mechanical components.

Build #1 : MX5/Miata Locost Build #2 : S2000 F20C "Swift"

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Check out my new Website "ClubbiesSA", the home of my local Locost / Seven / Clubman Group