Speedhunters feature number 3…
For my 3rd build feature I really want to change it up for you guys. Personally, I love it when people take a car and modify it in the complete opposite direction to what the manufacturer initially intended. So how about taking a car that was built with cheap mass-production and basic transportation in mind, gutting it, and transforming it into a track warrior?
Well, that’s exactly what Liam from my home city of Melbourne, Australia is doing. The car in question is an X3 model Hyundai Excel (sold as the Accent in America & the UK). As you’ll see from the following images, there’s not much of the original car left, but that won’t lessen the novelty of passing cars on a race track in what looks like an Excel on steroids.
But from the front, the story truly starts to unfold. A full custom built chassis has been fabricated to live beneath the Excel bodywork, housing a mid mounted SR20DE that sends it’s power to the rear wheels. The car is being built to compete in the Australian Sports Sedan category http://www.sportssedan.com.au/
With the body off, the maze of framework can be seen in it’s entirety. The choice of materials are chrome molly and mild steel.
So where to now for this humble hatchback turned track contender? You’ll have to follow the build here http://www.hyundaiperformance.com/forums/showroom/82732-hyundai-excel-x3-twist.html to see for yourself. With well over 1000 man hours invested into the job so far and a planned debut in August, it’d be a shame not to.