What you're looking at here is the proposed final design - and
the partially constructed prototype - of an all-new kit car
developed by Smyth Performance. The car's name is the G3F.
The car is based on the company's motto of "Go Green but
Go Fast". I assume they mean; have a fast, fuel efficient
car. Not; get a fuel efficient car quickly'. Anyway, the company
was created by Factory Five Racing's co-founder, Mark Smith.
Factory Five Racing produce the GTM, a car which is in no way green. But this
new offering should tick both the fuel efficient box, and hopefully
the fun-to-drive box.
The car is based on the VW Jetta/Golf platform, and the transformation
begins with the cutting away of 1000 lbs (450 kgs) of the original
car, replacing the bodywork with a sleek two-door coupe skin
formed from fiberglass. The drivetrain of the vehicle is also
borrowed from the VW donor car, meaning that there's everything
from a frugal TDI engine on offer, right up to the potent engine
from the VR6 - that one doesn't really tick the green box though.
The engine's position gets moved from the front to the middle,
and it becomes a RWD car. Much of the safety structure of the
VW gets incorporated into the G3F's design, although to beef
it up there are additional steel tubes and framework.
It's cheap too. The cost of the donor car is roughly $5,000
- depending on what model you go for, and the kit costs $10,000.
In total it's estimated the final kit will take 100 hours to
build from start to finish.