If you’ve always wanted to a model car to build but by the time you were done you could actually drive the model car, then the Tipo 184 is for you.
So Ant Anstead and Dowsett Cars are offering an affordable approach to project building for the average driver. For only around £20k (approx. $37k AUD) and a donor for the Mk2 MX-5 engine, you can buy the starter kit and build one of these yourself in about a week or two.
Think about that. That’s a bunch of historic race car for an absolute steal. The only downside is that you have to build it yourself, but I guess they took the IKEA route and pass the savings onto you!
The starter kit comes with bespoke components; a chassis, 6 hand built body panels, aluminium grill, exhaust system, gear linkage kit, dash panel blank, steering column, and a chassis plate.
Well that all sounds like a fun hobby but what do you get for all that time you just sank into the car? What’s the Tipo 184 capable of? Because the engine is from an MX-5 it’s a non-turbo four-cylinder with decent power – 146bhp (at 7,000rpm) and 124lb ft of torque (at 5,000rpm). But while that may not seem amazing, don’t forget that the Tipo 184 is bereft of any roof or doors, or really any of the usual comforts that come with regular cars which makes the Tipo 300kg lighter than a Mazda, coming in at just 700kg. So you would get to see a bit of fun performance.
Importantly, the car lacks many of the issues that plagued these older GP cars like having to keep an eye on water and oil temperatures which don’t budge much when you’re really pushing the car, according to Top Gear.
Just a little note here that might stop you from buying the kit, the driver’s height limit is capped at 6 foot 3.
There are race events being held in the U.K. and U.S. set to launch in early 2022 but in order to compete you need to ensure that your MX-5 engine is a five-speed manual, 1.8 litre MX-5 or Miata NB that has been produced between 1998 and 2001.
There is also a road car kit coming soon if racing this little pocket rocket doesn’t interest you.
If building this car is something you can’t or don’t want to do, then don’t stress because you can order an already built car. Dowsett Cars are taking orders for delivery in Q4 2021 and Q1 2022.
Lockdown might be over but that doesn’t mean your hobbies have to be. Check out the Tipo 184 on their website.