Bauer Catfish self-build Sports Car
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The Bauer Catfish, built by Southern California based Bauer
Ltd, is a Mazda MX-5 Miata based self-build sports car.
With the MX-5 being soooo common it's easy to pick one up for
what amounts to spare change. For example the donor car for
the Catfish prototype was bought for just $800. Bauer's Catfish
kit provides all the new bodywork, chassis components and other
extras needed to build the car.
Yet despite requiring an MX-5 for the build, very little of
the Japanese sports car makes it into the final vehicle. In
fact about all that's used is the drivetrain and suspension
components. Bauer Ltd. even fashioned their own spaceframe chassis
for the Catfish. The MX-5's carcass, bodywork and most of the
interior can then be sold on to help pay for the Catfish conversion.
When designing the Bauer Catfish the team made every effort
to keep the car as light as possible. That means no roof, doors
or even windows. It was worth it though as the Catfish weighs
in at just 1,500 lbs (680 kgs). Thatís roughly two-thirds the
weight of a standard MX-5!
The gorgeous bodywork of the Bauer Catfish was designed by Zukun
Plan, and industrial design company based in Columbus, Ohio.
For those who don't like to get their hands dirty Bauer also
offer a build service for the car. This will significantly increase
the base price, and you still need to supply the donor vehicle
for the Catfish build.
Yes you can buy this. Here is where you need to go: Bauer