Roadkill Corvette C4 buggy

Friday Matinee: Roadkill Builds a Frankenkart out of a Naked C4 Corvette


It’s hard to argue against the merits of sports cars that are all about “elemental” driving experiences like the Ariel Atom, KTM X-Bow and whichever Caterham Seven variant name you pull out of a hat. However, there is at least one rather compelling argument that can be made against them: Cost, specifically how you have to pay a lot (like $30,000 and up) for a just a little bit of automobile.

Roadkill’s David Freiburger and Mike Finnegan, on the other hand, have proven that doesn’t have to be the case: They took a years-old science project of sorts (an ’85 Chevrolet Corvette that had been stripped of its bodywork and most other nonessential mass), “refined” it (by fitting a spunkier engine, new brakes, wheels and tires and a custom roll cage) and created a thoroughly American interpretation of the overgrown go kart concept for a price under five-figures. Would you believe this frankenkart was able to hold its own against a new 640 horsepower Lingenfelter-tuned Corvette C7? If you watched the video you probably would…