We started work on the body to create something unique yet would meet my demands for performance. This car is getting an Elise rear clam with rear fender flares and a modified rear wing. I had been calling it a Ducktail but truthfully, it will be more of a Longtail.
The rear flares will allow us to run our ETHOS 17x9 rims with either 235, 245 or 255 tires. The car is expected to make 300hp so a bit more meat on the rear will be welcome. Additionally, we won’t be running a larger rear wing. This car will have our Exige race front clam plus canards. The additional downforce at the front should be balanced with the wider tires and long tail wing.
Ultimately we have decided to cut down the flares a bit to remove the bulk. We’ve borrowed a look from our friends in the JDM world but it will have our twist on it.
Initially my plan was to create a Ducktail spoiler but as we began laying up the wing, we decided a Longtail would look cleaner and fit with our style. Many of you know that I am quite particular about how things look on these cars and have innovated many aesthetic changes that were controversial when I first showed them. The image above shows how we have extended the existing wing angle. We cannibalized a wing from a junked rear clam to help up create this custom wing and clam. A few other detail changes include shaving off the rear fake vents that were outboard of the tail lights.
I am excited that these changes will be unique and not overly cartoonish. We want to grab attention without looking like some of those Bosozoku cars from Japan….