Let's not even bring up financing. It hasn’t gone thru the sort of reliability testing that even the worst auto manufacturers put their products thru. Changing something for the worse makes you either evil or just plain dumb.

Finishing positions in the ST1 class will earn points towards championship standings and end-of-season cash awards in the Superlite Aero Championship. How many readers do you think can afford almost 100k to spend on a completely impractical toy? If you’re going to make something different, your goal should always be to make it better, right? Sure, we may have regulations guiding our industries, but they keep us safe. What we have to decide is whether it’s a deal for this extremely unique ride. One price, one package, no options - ready to race at $87,995! The Aero is powered by a Chevrolet LS3 engine supplied by Katech Performance; the specification includes a new engine fitted with a Dailey 3-stage dry sump, and other parts designed to make the powerplant last under racing conditions.

In addition to the NASA ST classes, the Aero is eligible to compete in the new Superlite Aero Championship (click on the link below for more details) in 2016. I finally narrowed the choice down to a mid-engine supercar kit, which left the Factory Five GTM, Ultima GTR, and the Superlite SL-C in the running. The car has been fitted with a number of accoutrements that make it not just suitable for the street but apparently fully licensable.

Sure, it’s street legal, but it isn’t even a little practical. I listed the SL-C with Mecum Auctions and it will go on the block on May 17th at their Original Spring Classic auction in Indianapolis (https://www.mecum.com/lots/SC0518-326562/2015-superlite-slc/).

When power and weight are controlled, aerodynamics (downforce and drag) and suspension geometry, are largely what is left to manage. When someone says ‘kit car’ what most people think is ‘dangerously half-assed.’ Today’s Nice Price or Crack Pipe Superlite may be dangerous, but it seems far from half-anything. For example, while my Cobra used C4 Corvette suspension that didn’t have much adjustability, the suspension on the SL-C was really designed for track duty and is fully adjustable. That’s supposed to be good for 480 horsepower at the crank and works its magic through a Graziano 6-speed from an Audi R8/Lamborghini Gallardo. Razor-thin and highly bolstered seats, along with an intrusive six-point roll cage mean enjoying those amenities will be for the lithe and limber only. When the Cobra was finally finished, I thoroughly enjoyed driving it and taking it to shows, but I really missed having something to wrench on. After building a budget spreadsheet on both cars, researching the available internet build forums, and visiting the Superlite factory in Fraser, MI, I chose the SL-C.

They may not thrive, but here and there some amazing cars do make their way out onto the streets and the track. At just $3,300, fully 78-percent of you thought that going to that length would be a prudent move, and the car took home a Nice Price win. The Aero is carefully engineered to make the most of those variables to produce winning ST cars. That’s where RCR’s sister company, Superlite Cars comes into play. And the funny-looking rocks. Rob Emslie is a contributing writer for Jalopnik. I had no idea when I started the project how much attention the SL-C would garner.

I also wanted something more modern, so some of the other traditional kit cars like a Shelby Daytona Coupe or ’33 Ford were out. Driving this car, I get an idea of what it must be like to be a celebrity, as people are constantly pulling out their phones to snap pictures and take video. Superlite will set up the chassis for whatever engine you want to use, so engine choices are really only limited by the size of your checkbook. The LS376/480 crate motor I purchased from Jegs was a real performance bargain at only $6700 for a brand new 480hp engine with a one year warranty.

Or, is that just crazy talk for even this crazy a car? Let’s see if its awesomeness makes it worth its asking. The resulting Spittin’-Bimage was interesting enough for several of you to express a desire to own the little half-Brit yourself. Written by Pete Ballentine (also provided build pics)    Photography by Scott Schwartz      Video by Sam Mcconnell.

Inside that cockpit there’s plenty to play with, including a digital multi-gauge dead ahead of the driver, along with some more traditional dials in the stack. The build was a bit more challenging than the Cobra, mostly because the SL-C is a significantly more complex car. You decide.

Wiring: Infinity Box CAN Bus intelligent wiring system, Seats: Aluminum Kirkey 21 Series with cloth covers, Belts: RaceQuip 6-point camlock harnesses, Rollcage: Superlite 6-point cage with optional side impact bars, Other: Audi TT A/C vents and interior door handles, Dash and door panels finished in DipYourCar Pro-Line Spray Wrap, Aquamarine Oracal 970 Premium Shift Effect vinyl wrap, © Copyright Photography Theme Demo - Theme by ThemeGoods, WTFeature #2: LBZ Duramax Diesel Swapped Suburban, https://www.mecum.com/lots/SC0518-326562/2015-superlite-slc/. Now, you tale one look at that list of performance kit, and then at the crazy curvy bodywork, and you’re no doubt thinking this is nothing more than a weapon of choice for the track. As many people know, Katech supplies the engines for the IMSA Weathertech Le Mans Prototype Challenge (LMPC) cars, and the spec engine for the Aero is essentially a detuned version of that engine, so even greater life should be expected. What do you think, at $87,500 can you feel the deal for this Superlite SL-C? No Mustang II front suspension for these cars. Dakota Digital GPS sender for speedometer and VSS. Of course not everyone is interested in looking back. This car is on a different plane, probably an SST. That’s why the Aero has been the recipient of extensive suspension geometry analysis and aerodynamic modeling using the most sophisticated software available, by very experienced staff at Superlite. The build quality looks to be excellent and the only parts that appear to have been stolen from other cars are the Audi TT door handles and vents, and the big red Start button. That’s a lot of pizza and beer, but when applied to the hyper car realm it’s really chicken feed. Perhaps because of the poor category association, Superlite prefers to call their products ‘component cars,’ like they’re old school stereo equipment. As example of all this work, here’s a 2015 Superlite SL-C in the flesh... er, fiberglass. America is often described as a land filled with onerous regulatory burdens, that weigh heavily on industry and stymie. Superlite even notes in their marketing that the SL-C hyper car offers torsional rigidity far exceeding that of almost all its major manufacturer competitors. I’ve also been invited to several “by invitation only” shows, including Columbus Cars & Coffee’s Exotics on the Scioto Mile and The Bobby Rahal Foundation’s Rally for the Ranch. I decided this time I wanted a roof, air conditioning, and a bit more crash protection than a Cobra. Okay, yes their products are ‘kit cars,’ and yes, that category is unfavorably tarred by an overwhelming number of shoddy products from fly by night entities, but forget everything you know about this category. All that is wrapped in an aquamarine vinyl wrap and blacked out bubble for the two-seat cabin. The kit car market, and it’s licensing loopholes, is a big factor in those efforts. The Superlite Aero is designed and built to dominate in power-to-weight classes like the NASA ST classes.

It was slightly cheaper than the GTR, there was much more online support from other builders, and the factory was a three hour drive away instead of across the Atlantic in England. The car is licensed for the street in Ohio, no doubt as a one-off home built, and comes with a clean Ohio title. Katech LS3 sealed race engine for Superlite Aero, Superlite Cars, 31795 Groesbeck Highway, Fraser, MI, 48026. Power for the SL-C comes form a crate-derived Chevy LS3 376. It can’t be a daily driver, no matter how determined the owner is. Click on an image to go to the Superlite web page for that car. Brakes are of course, big-ass discs at all four corners and the car rides on Nitto Invo 275/35ZR18 tires up front, and massive 325/30ZR19 meats in the back. Suspension rocker for Superlite Aero, hard anodized. On the electronics and systems front, the SL-C also kicked it up a notch with an Infinity Box intelligent wiring system, dual rear cameras with LCD monitor in the cockpit, and air conditioning. I was considering some major engine upgrades like a stroker motor or a supercharger for the Cobra, but my wife suggested selling it and building something else. All this is preamble to the price, which comes in at a cool $87,500. I ordered the kit from Superlite in September 2013 and with help from a friend with an enclosed trailer, picked up the kit in January 2014. Nice as the car may be, this entry is dumb. The body and chassis are fully optimized for the speeds seen in NASA ST1 class racing. I didn’t really care for the styling of the GTM, so the final decision was between Ultima and Superlite. The Aero is carefully engineered to make the most of those variables to produce winning ST cars. This car was built from a Superlite kit and is based around a TIG-welded all-aluminum semi-monocoque chassis with stressed subframes on either end. Help me out with NPOCP. Geez, this thing’s got more kit that the Ritz. Best of all, the Aero is available now, as a turnkey, ready-to-race car.

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