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Any updates on the build Randy? As much as I love the Q1, I think I would be in the same boat as my Exige currently. The Toniq looks like a much more pocketbook friendly track toy for me.
The Toniq is amazing! But, I have to say the Q1 and the Exige S are amazing too...but, youre right as far as the pocket book goes!

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Status updates.

Company stuff. We are going to be importing these cars and selling them into the US market. A major dealer will be British Racing Group (BRG) with Robert Konick. On the west coast, there will be The Adrenaline Gallery (TAG). I believe BRG is taking orders now and may have one or two sold. TAG will be taking orders soon.

The first Toniq to be imported is in build now. The body is coming off the molds and the chassis is completed. Next will be baking the body to make sure it is temperature stable... then the misc body work and paint. Add some bits and bobs to the chassis and then off into a crate.

We expect to see the car shipping from UK late January. Once it arrives on the west coast, we will get a drivetrain in it.

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Where is that first one going? I might need to get the truck and trailer out to go hijack it.

Also, have they narrowed down what the US model will be including? I noticed the change in instrument clusters in your fb posts as well as the headlight change and optional nose.
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Right. There have been some improvements. Headlights and tailights are now integral. I liked the old bullet lights, but they turned out to not be as practical.

Dash is now a full instrumentation cluster.

There is now an optional nose so it can be either street or racing.

Windscreen will be an option.

Full cage will be an option.

There were internal chassis and suspension improvements also.

The first car is going to some guy in San Diego.

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New body style-














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Any pics of the full cage?

Those lights above are here or are they built into the nose?
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Those are the street lights.

The racing version is here-




No pics yet of the full cage

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The first car is going to some guy in San Diego.
I hear the first guy to get any new car is a wanker

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The second car is ear marked for someone in Texas
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Awesome!

Having a hard time picturing that race nose on the car... Where are our photoshop guys at?
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Those are the street lights.

The racing version is here-




No pics yet of the full cage
I love this nose

D9 style

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I hear the first guy to get any new car is a wanker
"Loved by many, hated by few, respected by all" I def. fall into the first category of course!

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Some people have expressed difficulties viewing the BRG website over the past few weeks. It has primarily been IE users. The site was modified recently to address these concerns and is now compliant with older versions of the browser.

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Update-

Car is in work. Chassis is just about complete. Body is coming off the molds now. Looks like just a few weeks away from a roller.
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Awesome, need to send them some cameras so you can do a time lapse of the build.
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Yes. I am ready.

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I like this front end.
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I like it a lot too.

#somethingwickedthiswaycomes... the new Origin Noble M and the Origin 7

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Yes, but have you seen if it works on US roads at night very well? I seriously think I could have duct taped two flashlights to my Exige and had better lighting than the stock system.

So what powerplant is yours going to use Randy?
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Have not seen it at night yet. I know on the Elise I felt that the HID upgrade was really needed. We shall see on the Toniq.

I think the first car will be a 2l Duratec with a 6 speed... if only to speed up the process and keep things simple. I might (later) put in work a Renesis or a Kawasaki motorcycle car with the sequential shifter.

I know that the sequential shifter is a little more "fidly" than the 6 speed Mazda gearbox, so there is that.

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