It's no ordinary kit car.
For a solid chunk of driving enthusiasts, the Mazda MX-5 Miata will serve all of their desires and then some. It's definitely not the fastest, the best-looking, luxurious, or most exotic. The Miata is a purist roadster designed and engineered for sheer driving pleasure. Plain and simple. Its rear-wheel-drive platform, small but powerful enough engine, and manual gearbox combo are a delight. That platform also offers many interesting upgrade opportunities, such as the Exomotive Exocet Sport.
Exomotive is a British company that manufactures the Exocet's exoskeleton that incorporates various parts from the first-generation MX-5. The design debuted in 2010 and is fully street-legal. If you're ever seriously considering buying one, it'd be best to do so here in the US for one vital reason: V8 availability.
There's a solid selection of V8 crate engines to choose from and Colorado-based Flyin' Miata will even custom build one for you. Alternatively, you can place a bid in an attempt to own this LSA-powered supercharged 2015 Exocet currently up for grabs on Bring A Trailer. The supercharged 6.2-liter V8 produces 534 horsepower and 586 lb-ft of torque and is paired to a six-speed Tremec gearbox and a Getrag limited-slip differential. Both were sourced from a Cadillac CTS-V. Total mileage is just 13,000.
You wouldn't be alone in thinking this thing looks nothing like a Miata as the list of upgrades is impressive. Aside from the powertrain, there are 15-inch TrakLite wheels wrapped in Toyo Proxes R888 tires, coilover suspension, carbon fiber seats, and performance control arm bushings.
Wilwood six- and four-piston brakes provide stopping power. It's impossible to take your eyes off the Roush Yates carbon fiber rear spoiler. That totally amazing open cockpit, aside from those seats, boasts harnesses, welded steel floors, a fire extinguisher, a digital speedometer, a custom windshield, and a quick-release Nardi steering wheel.
The seller notes there's some minor damage, such as a passenger-side mirror crack, but nothing substantial. The car's build history is also available on Flyin' Miata's website. The auction is slated to end this Friday and, as of this writing, the highest bid is a very reasonable $25,000.