Have you ever thought about buying a Mazda Miata but were put off by the car’s lack of power or it’s ‘chick car’ image? Well, you’re in luck because the Catfish from Bauer Limited Production fixes both of those problems.
The Catfish is based on the 1990-2005 Miata platform, but you’d never guess thanks to the creative body work. The car rides on a tubular space frame chassis with an upgraded Mazda A-arm suspension and thankfully, looks nothing like a Miata.
As for the body, well, you might notice that it doesn’t have any doors. The car in the photo is not a pre-production or prototype model, it is complete. The driver will have to hop in Dukes of Hazzard style. Fortnately for taller drivers, a quick-disconnect kit for the steering wheel is available.
Engine choices include a 1.6L or 1.8L inline 4-cylinder Mazda engine upgraded to approximately 300HP via forced induction. However, you can also opt for a Chevrolet LS3 V8 engine which starts at 400 HP.
With a wet weight of just 1,576lbs (712kg), the Catfish features a power-to-weight ratio that is normally found only in high-priced supercars. Pricing has not yet been announced and production (as the name implies) will be limited due to the hand-built nature of the car.
My take on the Catfish is that if you are looking for a ready-to-run track car or simply don’t want to plunk down the money for a Shelby Cobra, this car will get you 90% of the way there for a lot less cash. It is a no-frills racing machine that offers a price/performance factor that will be hard to beat – so long as you can live with its slightly unusual appearance.