My friend T.Mike, the man who maintains the largest database of fake bands in the known universe, was out driving the other day when he spotted this oddball on a trailer. Curious, concerned, perhaps even a bit frightened or aroused, he reached out to me to help identify what he was seeing. Unfortunately, I’m not really sure! It’s clearly some sort of racing machine, but I’m not sure what type or category or if it’s a one-off or a production design. But I bet one of you may know something!
It’s a closed-wheel race car, I can see that, and it appears to have some lights in the sides there, so perhaps it’s for endurance-type racing that may go into evenings. It looks like it for track use, and that huge gaping maw up front sure looks able to suck in a lot of air. There seems to be two side-by-side seats in the cabin, which is free of any glass, and is pretty small – almost like a literal side-by-side off-roader cab.
It may be mid-engined, as there does seem to be some sort of intake on the leading edge of the swell of the rear fender area there, and there’s a nice big wing on the back.
Doing a reverse image search just brings up the predictable Batmobiles and a number of much larger black racing cars, but nothing that looks quite like this. Is this some sort of formula car for an amateur racing class, like Formula Vee or something? I mean, I know it’s not Formula Vee, but maybe in that general category?
Did this start life as some sort of production car? I don’t think so, at least not anything intended for general road use, That cabin and seating do have an off-road sort of origin look to me, but I’m very uncertain. I can see what looks like beefy suspension arms in those front intakes, sorta.
I’m really curious now, and I’m sure one of you out there can identify this for me. Help me banish these clouds of ignorance! What is this little Batmobile-looking thing?
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