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DougClaflin


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Posted - December 30 2011 :  07:57:15 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
i have come across kit car, ready built, production and some other designations for cars. What is the distinction between a kit car, a ready built car, and a production car? Forinstance the Fararri FXX is a production car though only 30 have been built. Basically, if I started building say the Manta kit car multiple times for sale, does it become a ready built car or a production car? Are there differnt rulses and regulations for these designations (EPA, CAFE, crash testing etc.)? How is a kit car certified as street worthy? This is just idle couriosity on my part, so it is OK to ignore my questions.
Rick

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Posted - December 31 2011 :  7:23:18 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi Doug,
That line has become increasingly blurred in past years. Generally speaking a "kit car" would be a vehicle that has been assembled from a factory produced package - a kit. Those same vehicles that have been assembled by the factory as drivable cars would still be considered "kits", even though they are turn-key, since the car itself can still be bought at the discretion of a purchaser either in pieces (kit form) or as turn key. I'm not sure of when the line is drawn when a manufacturer has to start crash-testing vehicles, though. I think for a manufacturer to sell more than 100 turn-key cars in a given year they need to do crash-tests - but don't quote me on that. It's a nice fine grey area...
The FXX is indeed a production car, albeit limited. ******* has been around for decades, so there is no doubt that the FXX is not a kit but intended for advanced drivers. It would also fall under the "production car" category as I believe it did go through crash-testing. All major manufacturers that provide thousands of cars to the general public are required to do crash safety testing. Kit manufacturers don't deliver that many as mentioned previously.

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