The K-1 Attack is the Coolest Car on eBay You’ve Never Heard Of
The world is full of tinkerers, those who love nothing more than to build a car in a shed. It’s of course an admirable pastime, though more often than not, these cars begin to look like the sheds in which they were created. That is to say, not great. This however is most certainly not one of them. Meet the K-1 Attack. Hailing from Slovakia, it’s a two-seat roadster kit car which weighs about 2,300 pounds and goes like stink. K-1 Engineering has produced these kit car supercars since the early 2000s, and you may be surprised to learn what lives underneath its skin. Here’s a hint–it’s the running gear from an everyday front-drive sedan…just not in the place where it’s supposed to be. RELATED: The 2015 Ultima Evolution is a 1,200 HP Super Kit Car
K-1 Engineering originally developed the K-1 Attack to be built around the engine, drivetrain, and front suspension of the Honda Accord. But instead of mount it in the front, the K-1 Attack flip flops the drivetrain in the rear of the kit car and features a very racy pushrod suspension in the nose. Those aren’t air vents in the hood, they’re poke holes for the suspension.
Befitting the inherent customization seen in kit cars, other variations have been built as well, many which utilize the running gear of European V6-equipped Ford Mondeo sedans for a bit more oomph. What doesn’t change much from car to car is the body and chassis. The roadster body is a bespoke fiberglass design and the steel tube space frame underneath is a Bratislava-built setup.
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Admittedly, the interior is cleanly laid out, yet spartan. The K-1 Attack sports gauges mounted behind the wheel and atop the dashboard, a CD audio system, thin racing seats, right hand access to a manual gearbox, and not much else. Then again, going fast on the track doesn’t require lots of extra goodies.
Interestingly, the car pictured here appeared on eBay, and it’s yet another variation of the K-1 Attack equation, sporting a 2.2-liter Nissan four-cylinder which is said to generate 170 horsepower. Brembo brakes find their way behind the wheels, and there’s a claimed seven miles on the odometer. It’s unclear whether this car could be registered in the US, currently it’s located in Germany, though the seller claims they have a 225 horsepower Ford V6 they could swap in if the Nissan mill isn’t your cup of tea. Not bad.
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