DJ Sportscars International have been a major driving force in the kit car industry for over 20 years. Their Dax brand of sports cars represents the cutting edge of component car design.
Yes, they may LOOK like standard Cobra or Lotus Seven replicas, but under their stunningly sculpted exterior lies a number of innovations that have dragged the kit car industry kicking and screaming into the 21st century.
If you are planning to build a Cobra clone or Seven substitute then you really need to see a Dax before you commit yourself to ANY manufacturer.
Preferably, take one on the road, or if you have the chance, around a track, where the Dax really shines.
Based in Harlow, Essex in the UK, Dax have been regulars at the kit car shows for decades and always put on a professional display. However, what impresses me every time, besides their cars, is their friendly and approachable style. They are passionate about their cars and want you to get the most fun out of yours.
The Dax Rush is a long and low sports car based on the popular Seven style. When you get up close to a Rush you will immediately notice the high class build quality. Not that getting up close will be easy – with a number of engine options, including some outrageously fast motorcycle mills the rush is a blisteringly fast motor.
Slap in a cosworth turbo engine and you have the choice of De Dion, Independent Rear Suspension or even 4×4 to keep the car hugging the tarmac while a selection of wide rear wheels and tyres keeps you pointing in the right direction.
If you happen to be over 6ft tall, you will appreciate the long-wheelbase version of the Dax rush. With a lower floor pan and an extra 3 inches of length in the cockpit it will comfortably accommodate the taller driver.
Dax Rush Walkaround
As you take a brief walk around this stunning yellow Dax Rush featured in the video, you start to get a sense of just how well built the Dax kits are.
With so many cobra kit cars available why would you consider the Dax 427? Well, as a first project, kit car builders will be thankful that the Dax427 is so easy to build, with no welding or GRP skills required. Dax assembly manuals are legendary in the industry, while technical help is always only a phone call away.
But what about the car? Based on a Jaguar XJ6 or XJ12, the hooped ladderframe chassis is generously cross braced to create a rigid frame to handle whatever engine you ultimately decide to shoehorn in…with small block Chevy V8′s proving popular.
Their own demonstrator vehicle is powered by a big-block chevy V8 that takes their Dax 427 from 0-60 in 4seconds, topping out at a staggering 180mph.
But it’s not just about the raw power. Well, maybe a little bit! The Dax 427 is also a gorgeous car, with its familiar sweeping curves and wide mouth seeming to smile as you view it from the front.
Overall, Dax cars are a shining example of what a kit car can be.
DJ Sportscars International Ltd,
2 Edinburgh Place,