Details the design and construction of a minimalist two-seat mid-engine sports car. The layout may still change at this early point, but the figure below gives an idea of where it's headed. The exposed tubes are a debatable feature. They're like this because it was easier to draw that way, but the paneling could be moved to the outside to cover it.
True low cost. How low is up to you.
Miata suspension uprights, no custom fabrication.
Stock Miata rack - no fussing about with shortening it!
Mid-engine, using overwhelmingly available powerplants.
Large footwell for real-world sized feet.
No exhaust making you deaf in one ear.
No hot exhaust cooking your feet or burning your legs when you get out.
Increased rear weight bias improves braking and acceleration.
Fewer tubes than a Locost chassis = faster to build.
All metalwork is either flat or single plane bends.
Improved side-impact protection.
Integrated rollcage instead of a bolt-on affair.
Zero composite work, fenders and nose are off-the-shelf.
No engine torque twisting the chassis messing up wheel geometry.
Engine - up to you, but most any FWD drivetrain will fit.
Wheelbase - 94"
Track - 60"
Estimated 8000ft-lb torsional stiffness.
Accomodates two people and a 5' - 6'-4" driver.
A cookbook is in the works, but the builder will have numerous build options that suit his situation.
I'll add more here as I think of it.
Midlana book: Build this mid-engine Locost!, http://www.midlana.com/
Kimini book: Designing mid-engine cars using FWD drivetrains, http://www.kimini.com/book_info/