It is no wonder that when an aeronautical engineer sets his mind to developing prototype cars, they tend to be sleek, fast, and light. Such is the case with the Bocar XP-5 ($Auction), the 5th experimental prototype Bob Carnes of Denver, Colorado, has brought into being.
With weight and balance of supreme importance, the body is fiberglass and rather than a glass windscreen, two perspex bubble shields were installed. The Corvette 283 cubic inch V-8 engine was placed behind the front center wheel line and offset to balance the driver’s weight. A Porsche 356 torsion-bar suspension was coupled with a Borg-Warner 4-speed manual transmission and Corvette posi-traction rear end sitting on Borrani wire wheels.
This blue #62 XP-5 is owned and raced by SCCA champions Augie Pabst and Harry Heuer to great success. Since Carnes insists he has made about 30 of the XP-5s, there is always a chance he’ll make one of these aerodynamically designed beauties for you, in case you miss the auction. [via]