Exomotive, the company behind our favorite open-top home-built track toy, has introduced an off-roading version of its tube-frame Exocet kit car. Called the Exocet Off-Road, it looks to bring all the incredibly lightweight, charmingly cheap fun of the original Exocet to your favorite dirt road, with meaty all-terrain tires and a whole lot of suspension travel.
Like the original, street-oriented Exocet, the Off-Road mates the drivetrain and suspension components from a donor NA or NB-generation Miata to a custom tube chassis. Thanks to its simple design and ease of assembly, track rats everywhere have been building Exocets for all sorts of performance driving.
The takes the kit to a whole different level, with beefed-up axles, a wider track, a longer wheelbase, and 14 inches of suspension travel.
While Exocets can be built using all sorts of drivetrains, the team at Exomotive decided to outfit this demo model with a 252-horsepower NC Miata engine modified by the geniuses at Flyin' Miata.
The result, as you'd expect, is a whole lot of sideways fun. Watch for yourself as the Exocet Off-Road rips through a dirt course, and even takes a few jumps.
Exomotive estimates a motivated builder can put together a basic, 130-horsepower Exocet Off-Road for as little as $14,000. That's a lot less than the comparable Ariel Nomad, for a package that seems to offer just as much dirty, slidey, off-road fun.