Greg's List: Pick of the Week - The Scarab
Part 2: SCARAB . . . The Legend Returns!
Thanks to the efforts, admiration, fond memories and sheer determination of Mr. Richard Kitzmiller, president and founder of Kansas based Scarab Motorsports, LLC, (www.scarab-motorsports.com) the amazingly successful, "Holy Grail" of America Racing History and the original 1958 creation of young Lance Reventlow has been "born again"! Now, keeping in mind that he wanted to remain as close to the original design as possible (by making only a few safety and structural upgrades) in order to honor and maintain the integrity, and of course, the historical significance, of a true legend which had been created by the vehicles designers some 50 years ago. Mr. Kitzmiller, as Lance had done, has assembled a group of rabid motorsports enthusiast's, engineers and designers who have collaborated to re-create, from the original specifications, a modernized "continuation" line of Scarab front engined race cars for your enjoyment on the street or track. He has successfully revived, in true form, the very cars that dominated the racing world, tracks and teams of their "hey-day"!
Every aspect of the original masterpiece has been painstakingly re-created with only a few "modernization" updates. These minor updates (which are actually "major" when compared to the antiquated components used on the originals), are mainly for structural and safety reasons, as well as to utilize current technology. They are, however, difficult to detect from the original by the average admirer, but are easy to spot by a trained professional or a "concours" judge. These "continuation" Scarabs are built to exacting specifications and include a strong foundation consisting of a hand-built, tig-welded 4130 Chrom-Moly tube frame, Corvette C-6 uprights and hubs, fitted with custom upper and lower control arms, Wilwood 4-piston calipers and 12.19" brake discs front and rear, with a Winters Quick-Change rear differential (very similar to the original used, but much more serviceable) and independent rear suspension.
This legendary re-creation of a legend, features a beautifully hand crafted, curvaceous body, in right or left hand drive configuration, using the most durable aircraft aluminum by skilled artisans of metallurgy in Poland and then shipped to the USA for assembly to the completed, rolling chassis. It also comes with a variety of options including leather interior, roll bar, tire upgrades, custom paint selections, and much more, up to and including a period correct Hilborn FI system. This allows you to personally design the updated Scarab most suited to your individual needs, with all the visual beauty of the original car.
The continuation SCV (Scarab Component Vehicle) from Scarab Motorsports, LLC, is offered as a rolling chassis that does not include an engine, transmission, drive shaft, exhaust system, or battery. The rolling chassis DOES include standard paint in a choice of two blues with traditional white scallop. Because there are many choices in the powertrain department for your Scarab, they leave that up to the individual to decide upon how they intend to use the vehicle. Many options to complete your personalized Scarab are offered by the company and are listed on their exclusive, worldwide-distributors' website at www.brightonmotorsports.com which is located in beautiful Scottsdale, AZ. By exotic car measures, the new Scarab is comparably affordable and considering the fine details, hand-craftsmanship and high-quality components included, you really get alot for your money!
So, If you want to own a real piece of racing history for yourself, your family and your friends to enjoy and admire, or if you just want to regain your youth and enter the SVRA Racing circuit, there is no better time, nor more exciting vehicle, than the new SCARAB!
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