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Peter Tanshanomi September 13, 2018 Last Call 18 Comments

If your daily driver isn’t a sprint car, it’s not as cool as it could be. Conversely, if your sprint car isn’t road legal, it’s not as cool as it could be.

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  • Huh. Maybe there’s hope for my Formula SAE car after all.

  • Fred

    I thought it was a rule that your car had to have fenders? Answer it depends https://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/threads/fender-laws.302334/

    • Lots of states have what they call “fair weather” fender laws.

      And, from the looks of it, this was a while ago.

    • Tank

      My dad has a 60’s built model t(ish) car. When he lived in my state he had to put on fenders to get it through inspection, but didn’t have any issues any other time of the year

  • Batshitbox

    Pretty sure that’s a 911, dude.

  • 0A5599

    At this point in history, I think the streetable K-car one lane over is more noteworthy than a streetable sprint car.

    By the way, I was looking for a Chevy Sprint to punctuate my post, and this was the first result on Google.


    • Zentropy

      My first thought was “Why would anyone do all that work on a Chevy Sprint??”. But then I thought that was somewhat hypocritical, considering I almost dropped a 401 V8 into an AMC Pacer, back in the 90s. It’s that sleeper thing.

      • Gnomical

        This is the USA version of the Suzuki Swift. See Suzuki below; same marque, Son-in-law had a Swift with a 4 cylinder that he modified to run the quarter mile in times near a late ’60s Mopar c/w 440 his dad ran (dad still has the car; sun-in-law has moved into family mode with a luxury sport sedan); I’m just along for the ride. Sprint does not need a bigger motor but I’ll bet it’s fun and light…

  • srx6

    with that cage do you need a body

    • Well, crumple zones are nice. A proper cage by itself doesn’t absorb and dissipate much energy through deformation, so they tend to decelerate unsurvivably quickly.

      • srx6

        Aluminium rigid airbags. Cool. Wish I thought of it first.

  • crank_case
    • Zentropy

      Cute… but what is it?? Looks somewhat Suzuki-ish.

      • crank_case

        Guessed right with Suzuki, it’s a Suzuki Cappucino, which is a kei sportscar. 660cc three cylinder turbo, absolutely hilarious everywhere.

    • smalleyxb122

      I’ve read that the Cappuccino is the most “livable” of the A,B,C Keis. I’ve also read that Suzuki took the power reading from the wheels to meet kei regulations, instead of the crank, so it is significantly more sprightly than the AZ-1 or the Beat.

      Enjoy your new toy!

    • Rover 1

      There’s one of those running round Auckland, New Zealand with the registration plate’ DECAF’. I got talking to the owner and he took me for a drive. Man! they are tiny!