I'd have a look into the same thing, the smallest, lightest car I can stuff a 1UZFE engine + a full 4x4 system into. The car I have sort of landed on is a Opel Manta, an european 2 door coupe with an engine room big enough for the engine, 2 turbos, big intercooler and a big radiator. It also have enoght room under the chassis rails to get the full time 4x4 system in place.
It tips the scales at a 1000 kg in stock form ( 2200 lbs )
Mike Man, a few good options, but a few that wouldn't fit a 1uzMikeMan said:I am doing a Starion.
Should weigh in at approx. 1250-1300KG if I have got my calcs right.
Mk2 Escort with Zakspeed arches.
On the capri note, you are right there, but i'm a humble drag racer, so light weight is more important, corners, who needs em. heheheMikeMan said:I think you could make the Mk.2 Escort work.
I have seen one with a 351 Cleveland in it, Rover V8's slide in with minimal issues, The Essex V6 fits with few issues and PLENTY of space in front for the extra pots.
It would not be the easiest but I think it could be done.
On the Capri yes the Mk.1 is lighter but the Mk.3 handles MUCH better.
Do an online search for the Bullet Roadster. It's a company in Queensland who buy MX5 Bodyshells and stuff 1UZ's in them. The base model only has 350 or 400 hp but the more expensive version is Supercharged. And they're an accredited car manufacturer as far as I know which means a full warranty and no rego issues(for Australia anyway)onyx_sc400 said:I'd like to see one in an s2000, MX-5 miata, or some other little roadster.
I've seen MX-5's with Ford 5.0 HO's in them. The rumble from those cars is wicked, then they take off and leave two strips of rubber for 20yds!! It's freaking awesome!