over half a century, the vehicle that started out as a Lotus Seven has entertained untold thousands of motoring enthusiasts. Engines have been sourced,
bodies have been lightened, good old lightweight fun has been had. The power plants of choice have ranged
from a Ford side-valve inline four to Suzuki Hayabusa's screaming banshee motor – and the development and engineering doesn't seem to stop. Over 160
companies have offered replicas or Sevenesque developments during the years, and Caterham and Westfield have
been some of the most notable champions of the basic design.
in the heart of the Seven lies the idea that it should appeal to the garage tinkerer. If you're an enthusiast looking for the most thrills in one of the
purest ways, building your own bendy road bathtub in your own shed is always a good option. But since every
suitable gasoline engine has already been seen in the Seven's engine bay by now, what is the next step? ,
of course. And the iRacer can take you higher.
have unveiled their iRacer a couple years ago already, but now it's available for the DIY man. The kit offered includes an aluminum frame, suspension and
composite exterior panels, but you do need to shell out more for the electric power train of your choice.
The electric version can be equipped for example with two YASA-750 electric motors, each driving the rear wheels, with their weight at 55lb or 25kg. With
132hp and a frankly fantastic torque rating of 745Nm, the iRacer will then hit 60 mph in less than five
seconds. In case there is no speed limiter fitted, it will go on to 140 mph.
the 23 kWh battery pack you can scream inside your helmet for 25 minutes before needing to recharge. I'm sure I could only take 25 minutes of electric
funtime at a time. The kit without the electric motors will cost you $22,000, and the video below will show
you why you should fork out extra for them.