Photo: Proximacentauri [Flickr]
The Ariel Atom is one sweet car, but it costs a lot of money. So Flickr user Proximacentauri decided that he's going to build his own. Behold the z59, which was made out of ... junk!
This is the final result of 15 months and at least 800 hours of work in the garage. This is not counting time spent designing, ordering parts, negotiating prices, etc.
The car was built from scratch. The engine is an Acura k20a3 from an RSX. It sounds awesome.
Special thanks for the Make community for inspiring the maker spirit in me. Building stuff yourself is a much better way to be a citizen than senseless consumption.
The car has a good amount of junk (recycled stuff) in it. The stainless panels all came from old appliances. The black body panels came from an ancient kayak and an old doghouse. The throttle pedal was made entirely from salvaged parts from a dumpster at an engineering firm around town. Of course, the engine was also recycled from a crashed car.
It's a blast to drive.
0-60: 4.5 seconds
MPG: 35+ miles per gallon
The best part: the bizarre looks I get from random strangers.