Years ago when I was first looking into getting my Elise I spent quite a bit of time on the British Cars BBS, which at the time was a lively place to find out about such things. I remember have a couple of chats to a guy who went by the name of DP on the site. He had one of the few Elise’s in the states at that time, which was quite a feat as they weren’t actually street legal over there.
Anyway, last time I remember him posting there he was looking into building his own car from scratch based on a layout with the driver and engine side-by-side with chains driving both the front and rear wheels.
I kept up with the project at the time, but today I noticed a post on Jalopnik about a new ‘DP4 Super-kart’. Turns out in the 8 years since then Dennis has been busy building on those original plans and developing a number of different cars based on that layout.
The latest project looks pretty impressive… it’s smaller than an original Mini but powered by a ~200bhp motorbike engine though a 4wd system. If the video below is anything to go by it looks like a lot of fun. Especially when you consider that’s the cars first real run so it hasn’t had much development on it’s setup etc.
He’s also got a really good blog detailing the development of all his projects including the DP4. If you’re a car geek it’s well worth a read. It’ll be interesting to see how his other projects go, as they include electric track cars based on the same sort of designs.