• Jul 11th 2007 at 3:43PM
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The DuPont Registry is the car shopping guide many of us use for that mission-critical research on what to buy when the good ship Powerball sails into our lives. After all, you can never be too prepared for that sort of thing. The August issue has a real gem nestled among the countless Ferraris, Rolls-Royces, and Lamborghinis you'd normally expect to see in the Registry's glossy pages.

It's even less practical than the most cramped exotic, too. It seats one, and that seat belonged to Eddie Cheever back in 2000. It's a Dallara Indy Car, and yes, it's 100% street legal. Back in its day, a 3.5L methanol-fueled Infiniti V8 sat behind the driver, and while the Infiniti decals still adorn the bodywork, a small-block Chevy provides motivation today. Wearing its original livery, the car's outfitted with all the required lighting, runs on pump gas, has electric start, a carbon fiber and leather-surrounded cockpit, 5 gauges and launches like a sportbike with its 2.5-second 0-60 time. In an era where the phrase "racer for the street" has become become cliché, this bad boy lives up to the description in every sense.

The car was put up for auction on eBay back in December but didn't meet reserve. The old listing's still up, where you can find additional pics, info and video.

Gallery Note: Some pictures appear distorted when first viewed because the gallery sets the preview size automatically, and the images are actually smaller than that default size. To see them in undistorted form, just click them again, and they'll reduce down to their correct original size. Apologies for the inconvenience.

[Source: DuPont Registry, August 2007 issue]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      • 8 Years Ago
      Where are the 2.5 mph bumpers?

      I wanna watch it drive over railroad tracks and leave the undercarriage behind.

      How's that fleet MPG rating coming?

      Truly an inspiration for the car of tomorrow.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I have seen Indy cars made street legal for sale before. The one that I remember was a 2003 Dallara that still had the original Honda V8 in it.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I'm a big SBC fan, but the thought of an Indy car making a "blub blub blub" sound instead of sounding like a bumblebee just doesn't seem right.
      • 8 Years Ago
      LS1 thru 7 all small block Chevy engines. I'll take it with the LS7.
      • 8 Years Ago
      does it have a cup holder? thats important to me.

      and the plates go where?
      • 8 Years Ago
      shame they put such a boring engine in it.

      a V8 from a wrecked Ferrari or something a little more exotic like a Hartley V8 could make this much, much more interesting
        • 8 Years Ago
        first, the main point i was trying to make concerned the sound; a small block chevy just sounds dumb in an indy car.

        second, neither of the car's listings suggests that the engine has had any exotic mods that would lift it's output any higher than a plain 350 crate engine.

        third, it's simply dull sticking a small block chevy in things just because it's easy and cheap. If you're willing to invest the time and expense to own something as impractical as this, have some courage and try something interesting. as i said originally, i think a hartley v8 would be amazing. check the specs on their website... even has about the same rev limit as the original race engine.

        finally, and not really relevant to your comment, looking more carefully at the pictures; the exhaust looks to be completely uneven from the back. it makes you wonder about the rest of the workmanship on the car.
        • 8 Years Ago
        Yeah, a Ferrari engine would slow it down nicely. These engines pump out massive horsepower, well beyond anything a Ferrari non-racing engine pumps out.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I want one.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Hey a small block in an open wheeler is a great idea. Do a google search for F5000, these were open wheelers with small block v8s in them and they are some of the best, if most dangerous, racing just for sight & sound
      • 8 Years Ago
      The engine sounds so wrong in this. I definitely would prefer the high pitched sound of a small V8.
      • 8 Years Ago
      doesn't it need wheel covers, bumpers and airbags to be legal? or maybe thats just for production vehicles.

      I remember that Plymouth was required to add bumpers and wheel covers to the Prowler which IMO killed the look of the car, but they were easy enough to remove.
        • 8 Years Ago
        i believe there are different rules for production cars and that most states have exceptions for "experimental", "prototype", or some other special designation.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Honestly, a SBC is a hard unit to beat both on power to weight and packaging. Overhead cams make a large tall engine. Consider it's easy to work on too, so you'll spend more time racing and less working on it.
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