For the past few months, we have been reviving this green radical Bugeye beast for the new owner. This is perhaps the most powerful Bugeye we have ever had in our building, and certainly the widest. The car is not for sale, although it might be in the future. But while it’s here, we thought we would share some pix and video, as well as the specs of this Bugeye variant.
The car has been sitting for roughly the last 15 years, so, as is common, we had to drain the fuel, change the fuel pump, clean the injectors, rebuild the calipers and replace all the stuck hydraulic components. We changed the front tires since they were cracked and not holding air. We had hoped that the monstrous rear tires would still provide some grip even though they are old (at least to test drive the car) but, as it turns out, the rear tires are so old and dried-out that my test drives were like driving on ice. There is so much power that the old tires just can’t hook up, even when warm. So new rear tires are on the way.
The car is a beast, with tons of power and will certainly be even more fun to drive once we get the new tires mounted! Come for a test drive in the video below:
If you are wondering about it’s components:
It was built as an autocross/track car & it was a contender for the national SCCA E Modified title. Equipped with a 250 horsepower Mazda 13B Bridgeported Rotary engine, & a Saenz Racing 5-speed transmission. Has a fiberglass tilt 1 piece front clip with nice flares + an integral air dam + the “BugEye” headlights shaved off. It has a Halon Fire-X system, Fuel cell with a Cobra filler neck that is centered on the rear deck (similar to how it would be located on a Shelby Cobra), Electromotive Tech II engine management & ignition system, Haltech programmable fuel injection, power steering with a narrowed Corvette steering rack, adjustable coil-over suspension with Fox adjustable racing shocks on the front & Koni coil-over shocks on the rear, 5-link rear suspension with Watts-linkage, 4-wheel disc brakes, JFZ 4-piston front brake calipers, Tilton pedals & master cylinders, braided stainless hoses. 13×10 & 13×12 alloy wheels.
Above you can see the video tour of the car we posted a few weeks ago. Notice the immense exhaust channel in the passenger seat area-it’s a true one seater. The car has two large mufflers and it is still pretty loud!