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Wednesday 5th April 2017

£100K Garage: Ed Scott

A pair of V10s, a hot hatch icon and a very ambitious rotary project car - £100K goes a long way!

Name: Ed Scott
Previously owned: Mazda RX-7 FD, Mazda RX-8 R3, Mazda MX-5, Jeep Grand Cherokee
Currently owned: Porsche Boxster S (987), E30 BMW 320 (race car), Suzuki Smash 110cc (currently living in Asia and needed cheap transport)
On the shortlist: These posts are often made by family men that need something practical and relatively economical alongside a track car and sports car... Not me though - I'm in my mid 20s with little responsibility and no desire to have kids, so I only needed each car to tick one box - FUN.

Japan: Mazda RX-8
: £2,000 + £2,000 for a rebuild (just to be safe)
Balance: £96,000
Why I chose it: "I love the rotary engine and desperately want to get into rotary ownership... for the third time. If you like working an engine then you'll love the Renesis engine in the RX-8. It is almost impossibly smooth, revs to nearly 10,000 rpm and sounds sensational. This really is an engine you need to grab by the scruff of then neck and wring out to within an inch of its life!

"But as much as I loved my old RX-8, I reckon we could make better use of the characterful, high revving, N/A engine... I'm going to use this £100,000 to create my dream project car!"

Rest of Europe: Renaultsport Clio 182 Trophy
: £6,750
Balance: £89,250
Why I chose it: "I did ambitiously look for an F40 for under £100K but unfortunately none of the ads had a typo in the price! What's the next best thing to a supercar then? A hot hatch, of course, and Renault makes the best hot hatches around. There isn't much to say that hasn't already been said about the 182, you either love it or hate it. It's one of those cars I've never owned but have always wanted.

"This particular example looks very tidy and is the limited run Trophy that had the Sachs racing dampers, Recaro seats and a few more exclusive bits. I did look at non-Trophy cars as they can be had for a couple of grand but I had to go for the Trophy. It's arguably the best Clio ever made... Well, best Clio with four cylinders at least."

America: Dodge Viper SRT-10
: £44,995
Balance: £44,255
Why I chose it: "If a Viper doesn't excite that inner 10-year-old in you then you need help. Just look at it! Carroll Shelby once said there is no replacement for displacement and clearly that's what Dodge were thinking when they stuck an 8.3-litre V10 in a two-seater car. I chose this one because it has go-faster stripes, which add around 500hp if my maths is correct - so here we have a 1,000hp car by my (deluded) reckoning.

"This is the car I would use to just be a child in, just thinking about it now puts a smile on my face. I'd light the rears at every traffic light Grand Prix and chuckle away when my passengers burn their legs on the exhausts every time they get out. This is a car designed for nothing more than to have fun, which is exactly what I want."

Germany: E60 BMW M5
: £14,489
Balance: £29,766
Why I chose it: "I'm sure at some point I'll be in a scenario where I need to seat four adults in comfort on a long motorway slog, and the Clio isn't really up to that... I present to you an E60 M5 for under 15 grand. It's German, so of course it is very reliable and nothing will ever go wrong (please don't ruin my fantasy). That V10 is one of the all-time greats, it is well spec'd, has enough power to leave supercars for dead and delimited will crack the big 200. I even like the idea of the SMG 'box, even though the PH community will hate me for it! You could even argue the ruinous running costs are offset by the fact that this thing surely can't depreciate any more?"

Britain: Lotus Elise S2
Cost: £13,950 + £15,816 for conversion
Balance: £0
Why I chose it: "The Elise looks awesome, has a cracking chassis and weighs about as much as a pair of socks... Remember that RX-8 from earlier? Let's have some fun!

"I don't think a practical four-seat coupe is the best use of the rotary design. Its benefits are that it is a small, lightweight and compact unit than can sit far back and low down in the engine bay and help provide a balanced weight distribution and low centre of gravity... What better place to put it than right in the middle?"

"With a power-to-weight ratio of (somewhere in the region of) 300hp/ton with nearly 10,000 revs to play with, a rotary powered Elise would be an absolute joy to blast down the back roads and in my opinion bring the one thing the Elise is missing - an engine with character! With so little weight for the engine to carry about, the low torque wouldn't actually be as much of an issue. This would also help combat the dire fuel economy too. It's a win-win! My only concern is keeping the engine cool but we'll cross that path when we come to it!"



Original Poster:

65 posts

11 months

Wednesday 5th April 2017
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Best 100k garage EVER. Love the fact he's using two cars for one project. Total legend!!


2,795 posts

74 months

Wednesday 5th April 2017
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HardMiles said:
Best 100k garage EVER.
Thank you! cool

God I wish that hundred grand was real!


110 posts

99 months

Wednesday 5th April 2017
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Love the idea of a wankel in an Elise, no pun intended, much more appealing than the usual VAG turbo conversions.

Very interesting garage.


53 posts

87 months

Wednesday 5th April 2017
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Now this is a Pistonheads garage! Round of applause sir


10,396 posts

52 months

Wednesday 5th April 2017
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Not sure the conversion would work, but at least it shows some enthusiasm for proper cars!


608 posts

106 months

Wednesday 5th April 2017
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127 posts

112 months

Wednesday 5th April 2017
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Very good selection there - one of the best I've seen too.

Bit of a contradiction on the, must only be FUN however when you need a comfortable cruiser for long slogs.....that's a sensible choice. Does mean however that your selections are perfect for the family man too!


22 posts

26 months

Wednesday 5th April 2017
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New take on an old format - great choice and loving the creativity


264 posts

55 months

Wednesday 5th April 2017
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Agree strongly!

My 100K garage would also have a Viper, E60 M5 and a Clio 182 in it.


545 posts

107 months

Wednesday 5th April 2017
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Great garage!


64 posts

65 months

Wednesday 5th April 2017
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Top, top quality. Crowdfunding.......??


14 posts

53 months

Wednesday 5th April 2017
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Love it, I've fantasized about dropping a rotary in the elise but oh the problems!
We need to start a thread and get some proper engineering types to weigh in on:
1) how to get the engine from longitudinal to transverse
2) what options are there for a transmission
3) How in the hell can we cool the damn thing without melting any GRP?!


618 posts

71 months

Wednesday 5th April 2017
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Nice choices, the combination of two very different V10s and a Clio is an appealing one.

The 'Rotus' is a cool idea. Reminds me a bit of the Europa that RE Amemiya put a three-rotor into
(They also did a two-rotor version three decades ago).

The issue with the Elise is of course that it's built around a transverse powertrain. However, at least one person seems to have got an Audi V6 longitidinally into an Elise - http://www.clublexus.com/forums/the-clubhouse/4939...
So it may be possible. I think a chunky radiator in the nose should cope with the cooling requirements.


4 posts

19 months

Friday 7th April 2017
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Big fan of the Rx8, Ive owned 2 and I love the idea.

I did some quick research tho and the toyota 2ZZ-GE 190bhp is 115kg

The 13b is 112kg

Sure theres a bit more power and the high revs would be fun but for weight saving I dont know, am I missing somthing?

Adz The Rat

8,880 posts

134 months

Friday 7th April 2017
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Nice work that man!