...or...buy Exige V6 and import it (for track only... but really just a donor)... strip it down to near bare chassis... then buy a US Elise/Exige... strip it down to nearly bare chassis... take parts from Exige V6 and re-install on the US chassis... but the front crash structures are different as are side body bits - which all are bonded to the chassis... but you would have US VIN and titled car... or strip body off US car, buy V6 body, buy V6 rear subframe and v6 stuff... swap onto US chassis...
You can do that, but that's most definitely illegal. If you get caught, on top of fines it'll be crushed. Don't mislead people and say you'll have a "US VIN and titled car". You'll have a non-compliant car that you've misled registration on intentionally. People have done this and people have definitely been caught for it.
They closed that import rule some time ago, it was how a lot of non-compliant vehicles made it in though.What if you get a returning US Military member to ship it back with their household goods? That was a scheme that worked before.
Or, find someone in UK to tear it down and sell it as a kit?
i do believe the front crash structures differ as well... And I've wondered, since it's a "safe" component that if it is swapped out then it becomes more "grey" area unless the Exige v6 crash structure has been certified for the US. the 2GR is emissions compliant in the US so that isn't an issue with regards to legality of the car. I know NC states for engine swaps, ideally to be 100% it should be same model to same model but they also allow for newer, "better" emissions engines...3-11 clone is certainly doable, same identical Elise / Exige chassis, different subframe and body.
Yeah it is basically the loophole Hennessy pulled to avoid crash testing the Venom. VIN reads Elise.3-11 clone is certainly doable, same identical Elise / Exige chassis, different subframe and body.
He kept the original Elise VIN and therefore it was technically a modified Elise. It also seems like they tried very hard for that not to be a common thing said about the car.I always wondered how somebody like Hennessy takes a Elige and puts a V8 motor in the back. He has totally changed the rear of the car therefore it no longer has any of the OEM structure that passed the crash testing. How does he get away with it? Also, if you took an Evora chassis and put an Exige body on it, would that be considered compliant? Where is the limit defined of what you can change and not change? It just goes back to the point, wait 25 years and do whatever you want. How does this make the whole process any better?