By Danny Baggott @Dan_Baggie
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Videographer / director: Jorge Monteallegre
Producer: Danny Baggott, Ruby Coote
Editor: Marcus Cooper
Adam Taylor completed the unique vehicle inside his Hawaiian garage, the build process spanned several states and he enlisted the help of two shops that had specialised shaping equipment.
During his student and grad years, Adam worked tirelessly to bring his initial design to life and ended up achieving his dream with a 950hp and 8,000rpm engine.
Adam describes the vehicle, dubbed the RX777, as a ‘work of art’ and something that can never be replicated.
He told Barcroft TV: “It’s so much more than just a car.
“This was not produced massively, or in any number other than one.
“It took me 10 years to build, the main reason being I built it through my college and grad school years – there was limited time and funds available.
“But I pursued it consistently, to reach what I think is perfection now.”
The car weighs in at 2,700lbs, possessing more width than a Dodge Viper and an equal wheel base to that of a Mazda Miata.
“It’s a very hopped-up go kart type feel where your feet are almost touching the front wheel and your backs almost touching the back wheel,” Adam said.
“It’s very compact, but very wide.
“I think the most challenging aspect of this build was reaching near-perfect symmetry with the hand-formed body.
“The whole body was hand-shaped out of sheet-metal. So it took a lot of time and revisions to get both sides of the car to match up.”
Adam lost count of the exact figure he spent on the build process – but admits that worked out quite well for his level of sanity.
He said: “This build is well into the six figures.
“I stopped keeping track for my own sake in the end.
“But if you look over the components, they’re all top shelf – with no expense spared.
“I’m humbled and grateful that after that much money and time spent, I have a finished product that turned out pretty well.
“The car in my mind is priceless. Once you’ve created the concept and then you’ve done well bringing it into reality, I think it’s instantly an iconic type thing in its own class.”
One of Adam’s favourite features of the supercar is the exaggerated ducktail spoiler that angles up from both sides of the back.
But even more impressive than that, is the size and capabilities of the engine.
“It makes 950hp at 8,000rpm – so it’s basically a NASCAR engine on steroids,” Adam continued.
“It’s completely capable of 200mph at this time.
“The brilliant thing is, that it can never be compared to other vehicles. It can’t be outdated by a new year model. In that sense, it’s in its own realm.”
When members of the public see Adam racing his supercar around the local town, they are often shocked to learn that it was his own original design brought from sketch to reality – and he is now looking forward to introducing his next major project.
Adam said: “Most of the time, the reaction I get is, ‘Wow, how did you do that?’
“And the best part - there’s always another new build on the horizon. I have a large one in the works, a concept vehicle, a kind of military stealth truck. I’m looking forward to bringing that to life.
“The feeling when I finally finished the RX777, and got to drive it – it was most exhilarating.
“The sound of the car, the power, everything came together perfectly the way I originally imagined.
“I’m very grateful for that.”