What Is It?
Under the hood was a 129-horsepower 1.8-liter inline-4. Inside, power was fed via a five-speed manual gearbox off the Miata, all the while touting a race-inspired pushrod front suspension and a limited-slip differential. So it was definitely ready for the track, to say the least.
Design-wise, it was very much a modern twist on the iconic track car design. A fiberglass monocoque gave way to an open-wheel layout in the front, some bug-like headlights, and even a roll cage. Not to mention a very 90s black plastic interior.
The car was built by Swift Engineering in San Clemente, California. This shop not only crafted the MS-007 you see here, but also the popular Furai race car concept that debuted back in 2008.
Where Is It Now?
That’s the million dollar question—what happened to this wonderful machine? Your guess is as good as ours. It made its debut in Japan in 1996, but has since gone the way of the dodo.
It very well could be living a quite life in San Clemente for all we know, or it might be somewhere on display in Japan. Either way, we’d love to see this wonderful creation in the flesh again—and on the track.
Story Reference: Automobile