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April 10th, 2013


Have been following this car since approx 2009. Any updates on it being released in North America? I keep hearing things, but see nothing solid.

I have to disagree with a comment about needing to change the look to make it sell. People want the PLATFORM - AWD, Turbo, Light weight. The looks don't matter as much as some people think and can always be altered...Hello, its fiberglass, anything can be changed.

If someone expects to take the body, sand it and paint it...they are in for a world of disappointment. Most mass molded fiberglass needs a lot of finishing and fine tuning to get rid of ripples, etc to be ready for paint. Me personally, I might integrate a different headlight into it and beef up the front fenders just a little to smooth it in. I doubt the looks of the car would keep most people from buying it. As I said, people want the AWD lightweight platform to autocross, race, or sport around town in...not for a show car.

To show where I've come from. I've owned AWD turbo eclipse, C5 corvette, AWD Hemi Charger, honda CRX, Corolla XRS (180bhp) and many more. I've driven Audi A4, Honda S2000, 89 ferrari Testarosa, 92 Lamborghini Diablo 2011 cadillac ctsv supercharged. The most fun around town was the Eclipse, the vette, the CRX, and the XRS. I also enjoyed the ferari alot more more than the lamborghini even though the lambo got all the looks. The charger was a close second to those as the large power output and AWD really made it a fun car to drive even though it was heavy it still was fast with 365bhp.

Bring the Murtaya to America and people WILL buy this. I'll be Number 1 on the list and many more will follow when they can't keep up on the Autocross track. :D

Thanks for the comment (as well as reviving the Comments page, at that), Mark.

It sounds like my Murtaya and the US Demo (currently up for sale; contact Will Corry for details) will be the only ones in the U.S. for a while as Murtaya Sports Cars are...pretty quiet, let's say. However, if you want the moulds and designs for the Murtaya, supposedly they're for sale at the moment...

June 25th, 2009

Martyn Just wanted to say I've been watching and reading your site more or less since you first started it. I've got loads of information from you and links you've put up on here and I'm trying to get everything sorted so I can eventually put my order in.

I know it must be really frustrating being so close to getting your car but not quite being there. And with the first probably feeling like you're hitting all the problems and discovering all the set backs for everyone else.

But hopefully you'll have the keys soon and have a unique car that is amazing to drive and everyone falling over themselves to ask what it is! Then it will all be worthwhile.

So thanks for all the hardwork you've put in on doing this website and I'll keep looking back for your reaction when you do have the car parked at your home.

Thanks for the comment, Martyn.

I'm glad the site has been useful and interesting to you--I am creating for people just like you, so it means a lot that you are finding it handy.

As I'm writing this, I'm just about to (finally) pick up my car, so the frustration is being replaced with excitement...Needless to say, I will update you and everybody else after I get it.  I think (and hope) that my experience will help Will, Neil, and AMS fast-track any and all future U.S. Murtaya (and maybe even Murtaya deliveries all over the world?).

Thanks again, and you'll have to keep us updated on your order!

May 7th, 2009

Ian N. I see read the comment from Darren incorrectly.  I see now he didn't like the Saker.  I don't either, too focused and ugly to appeal to a wide market.  The Murtaya looks great. Again, agreed--and thanks for the comments (sorry to take so long to get them up).

May 7th, 2009

Ian N. I read the comments on the way the car looks.  I must say seeing it in the flesh makes a difference. I don't believe making it look like a Saker GT will get more sales.  I have bought/ordered a Murtaya but I wouldn't have gone for a Saker.

I think, with the right paint job the Murtaya looks awesome. As for Ls2 powered cars, they are great for power sliding around but I don't believe it would be a patch on a Murtaya when it comes to handling.

You've pretty much echoed my statements exactly, Ian.  Keep us updated on your Murtaya!

March 15th, 2009

Darren If you don't make it better looking than that it wont sell. Look at the Suby based Saker GT. In my opinion, I think you're being a bit hard on the Saker GT...I actually kinda like the idea and looks of the Saker (track-oriented car with Subaru engine), but I can understand why it wouldn't be selling well; people tend to think the looks are derivative, and most of the other cars in its class offer much more powerful engines (as much as I like the Subaru flat-fours, if I were going to get a mid-engined, RWD track car, there's no reason to not get one of the many ones that are powered by an LS* V8--it's a little heavier than the H4 but a lot more powerful).

Whereas the Murtaya is unique with the lightweight, AWD, roadster characteristics.  But I'm biased, and they already sold me one.  :)

All that said, I don't have any say in how it looks; I'm just a customer.  You might want to send your thoughts to AMS directly.  :)

February 17th, 2009

Martin new zealand car is looking good-interesting how they are using tmic rather than fmic-lovely looking scoop!

good points made re different specs between usa and uk, even subaru had to make big changes fo a while you had the 2.5l engine while rest of world had 2.0l due to your emissions etc.

I bet Matt and Les will have no problems getting air over the TMIC with that hoodscoop--I love the customization that the Murtaya allows.  You should see the dash and gauges on their demo car!

I always enjoy getting updates from and am watching their progress closely.

February 16th, 2009

HairyMan Not bad... Not bad. :)

(Again, sorry it took so long to get this up)

December 24th, 2008

Martyn Merry Xmas Mike from all at Thanks Martyn and everybody from Engine Tuner!  Happy Holidays to you guys, too! 


(Sorry it took so long to get this up)

October 25th, 2008

Jack B

I have sent a couple of emails to Adrenaline Motorsport asking if they have designated a North American representative. Do you know of someone? I would like to start buying the first parts of the modular kit.

I look forward to seeing pictures of you in your completed car.

Hi Jack-

The designated US distributor for the Murtaya is Will Corry Jr. and Sr. in Denver, Colorado.  They don't have a website up yet, but from a quote from Will Jr.:

"The website is now a work in progress and will be up and running in no time"

I will be trying to get some public contact information from Will so I can post it for you and other prospective US customers...Stay tuned!

(I also tried replying to your email earlier but I could not get through...if you want to try to get ahold of me again I could try to personally get you in touch with Will Corry Jr.)

October 24th, 2008

Martin T

Change of plan again-now wrx donor car with simtek combined with type r gearbox/dccd-hopefully no more changes...

Sounds like a great combo.  I can understand the changes though--been through quite a few myself.  :)

October 22nd, 2008


The fleet looks awesome! The seats in the orange one look rather nice! Any idea what they are?

I noticed those seats also...I asked Neil about them, and he said the following:

"The seats in the orange car are from a Honda S2000 in slate grey leather with the rear plastic part of the headrest removed, colour coded to the car and then refitted."

October 22nd, 2008

Martin T

Have ordered my murtaya p1 blue alloys and brakes bought already! hopefully type ra 2.0l so should be about 320bhp with close ratio gearbox build date jan-april.

When do you get your car sent to you?  pics of all 4 murtayas look great!!

Great to hear from  another future Murtaya owner--Keep us updated and be sure to send some pics when you get it.

As for my car's arrival....I'm guessing early next year?

October 21st, 2008


In the group shots with all 4 Murtayas, the black one definitely looks best. (Even though I like the stripe a lot.) Excellent choice to go with black...

I think they all look great, and of course I am partial to the black (I did choose it, after all)  :)

October 17th, 2008


Hi Mike,

I hope all is well on your side of the pond.

I’m now really excited about my Murtaya build. After a few initial delays, some mine, some Adrenaline we have set a build specification and timescale for the car to be completed in.

I have decided to go for a 2.5l bottom end and a few tuning mods which should hopefully see around the 350 – 400BHP figure so should make for a spirited drive!

After initial talks I have gone for the hard top for now and can always look at the soft top option next summer if I feel it will be more suitable for the summer months, after reading back my review on your site of the hard top from last year it reminded me how good it was and I like the old “better the devil you know” theory.

Everything is now set, we have the Donor ready and the kit and so now is the time to start timing the build.

Neil has assured me that the car will be ready this year which gives them 10 weeks to complete the build – which hopefully with everything now ready for assembly should be achievable.

Arden will be taking the car to a running rolling chassis stage and then Adrenaline will take over to do the finishing touches and paint etc so it will be really good to see both their build standards especially for your site and prospective Murtaya customers.

I will let you know as developments continue and should have some photos etc to send you for your site as the build progresses from this stage onwards.

I have even been invited in the car to take part in the which would really test the car’s endurance abilities assuming it is built by then! If not something very serious would have gone wrong and I would be driving my unexciting Golf to Madrid! LOL!

I hope all goes well with your build in the interim and look forward to seeing developments and I’m sure we can meet up for a Track Day when we both have our cars (winner buys the drinks) at some time in the future. All the best.



Great to hear from you, Eddie!

I'll be hoping your build gets done soon; waiting is half the fun, but let's not forget what the other half is.  :D

As you can see from today's new pics, AMS is now churning out the Murtayas, so hopefully your (impressive!) build will likewise go smoothly.

Keep us up to date during and after your build--I'd enjoy posting pics of your car.  it will be great to see you enjoying your Murtaya!


October 15th, 2008

It's great to see your car on the road dude!  You must be so excited you can't sleep!

And I must say, just purely from the interior shot it really *really* does look smart!

I am so very jealous :)

One question though, whats the knocking sound in the video when going over bumps?

Thanks for the compliments on the car...And funny you mention about me being so excited that I can't sleep, as I am watching the videos and updating this site with anticipation at 2:59am my time.  :)  So yes, very excited.

As for the knocking sound, I myself thought that Neil and the boys might have forgotten to tighten the rear bumper or something, but as Neil pointed out, that is the microphone rolling around in the boot of the car.  You can often see Neil looking back in the video before he figured out what it was.  :)

But by watching the body in the video, you can see just how rigid the structure is, even over those farm roads.  That was how the car felt when I drove the demo, and I'm glad to see that it still holds true with mine.

October 14th, 2008

I’m not quite sure I’d call the noise your car was making “purring.”

It sounded more like an untamed and caged animal being restrained by the likes of Neil, eagerly anticipating the opportunity when it can bend the enclosure bars just enough to escape, scratching and clawing every little insignificant beast in its way.

Actually, it was just purring.


But thanks anyways, cousin. :)

September 24th, 2008

Hey Mike,

Just want to let you know that the kids and I are monitoring the site and anticipating a visit by you and the Murtaya before the snow flies!

We are anxious to see you and the car (mostly you!) and can't imagine your level of anticipation!

The car is beautiful!

Thank you, Aunt Connie!

I am very excited (as I have always been, but increasingly so now that the car is getting closer to completion) and am happy that I will be picking the car up so close to you guys.

As for getting the Murtaya before the snow starts showing up...As much as I'd love that, I won't be counting on it...  There is still quite a bit left to do, and even the smaller tasks seem to take a long time.  I'm guessing (and hoping) that the car will be here early next year...But I'll keep you updated!

September 21st, 2008

Paul S.
I love the Murtaya I'm saving to buy one and build myself the best looking kit car on the market.

Great to hear, Paul!

When you get underway with your build, feel free to send some pics; I'd be happy to create a page for your Murtaya!

August 25th, 2008


Nice gauges in your car-who sourced them?

I am due for factory visit late sep so may see your car!

Thanks for the compliment; the gauges were taken care of by Neil Yates, so you'll have to ask him when you stop by.

You'll have to let me know how my car looks in the flesh; though I'd like to think it'll be shipped by late September, odds are that it'll still be there to meet you.

July 22nd, 2008

Paul C.

Your Murtaya is looking good. I meant to take some pictures of it when I was at AMS last month, but I got too carried away putting mine in the van and forgot to take any pictures at all ;)

[Paul's Murtaya build blog:]

Great blog--I know I won't be the only one keeping an eye on your build.  Maybe one of these days I'll have the guts and confidence to put a Murtaya together (my next one? :) ).

Keep us updated and in touch!

July 17th, 2008



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Love, Brian.


No. No. Nope. No. Not yet. Almost! No. It's moving along… Soon! No. Getting there. Not quite. No. 'Fraid not. Let me check…Nope. Just a little while longer…No.

Your friend,


July 17th, 2008

Martin T

Very good website good to see your car coming together.

Thanks for stopping by; I'm excited to see the car finally finishing up, too!  :)

July 7th, 2008


(From Portugal)

[I] spend a lot of time looking your pictures, well all.

Congratulation for the car and the work you have Dan.


Thanks for the comment!

June 11th, 2008

Greg Robb

(of The Noble Performance Center of North America)

Hello Mike,

I have not spoken with Neil in quite sometime. What is the latest? When is it expected to arrive?

Best Regards,
Greg Robb

Hi Greg-

It looks as though my car won't be getting shipped in May after all...I don't have an ETA right now, either, and am just seeing how things are progressing...We'll see how things go...

June 11th, 2008


Hey Mike - Can't wait for you to get your car.

I see in the pictures that the interior isn't quite ready yet.  Hope you don't have to wait TOO much longer. (Hint, Hint, Neil...)



I have yet to see interior shots, also...I'm hoping that it won't take too much longer; currently there is a staffing shortage at AMS, so that won't help things.  :(

June 5th, 2008



Seems to have been a while since you last updated the site! Okay okay, its not been that long really but I need my fix :)

Fingers crossed I will hopefully be visiting AMS on Friday......

I'm glad I'm not the only one who gets impatient.

Here's an update for ya; expect another one sometime next week with even more pics and videos of my car (if Neil gets a chance).

I hope you make it to AMS--be sure to tell my car "hi" for me and let us know how it looks in person!

April 5th, 2008


Don't ever fool us again like that.

I won't.

At least not for another year.

February 19th, 2008

(Managing Director,
Adrenaline Motorsport Limited.)
Hi Mike,

I have been away traveling quite a bit recently (driven 1500 miles in the last 30 hours!) and we have some very exciting things happening here at AMS.

EVO magazine are scheduled to drive both the road car and the rally car on Friday of this week, it will be very interesting to see what they think!

I am looking forward to early next week as we will be seeing your car back from the paint shop in beautiful gleaming black. We will then be jumping straight onto final trimming of the interior and connecting all of the air conditioning pipework and charging the gasses.

I think the site is looking terrific, all of the recent updates and layout changes are amazing. We have a brand new site commissioned and they have their work cut out to match your efforts, let alone improve on them.

I look forward to speaking with you soon, and to visiting you later in the year to enjoy a ride in your Murtaya along the western coast.

Thanks Neil.  Looking forward to everything, the EVO review, the pics of my car, and the new AMS site.  Keep us up to date!

February 11th, 2008

Jolly good site sir - THE place to go for pics and other great stuff! Been desperate to get a Murtaya since driving one last year but have had no luck trying to sell my VXR220 (selling a rear wheel drive soft-top in winter is never going to be easy!).

Murtaya - unbelievable car, makes the VX220 feel like it was made by a bunch of amateurs. No rattles, no squeeks, feels like the more power you use the more it sticks to the road. Puts major production cars to complete shame in virtually every department.

Cannot rate the guys at Adrenaline high enough.

If you have been looking at this site you NEED to drive one.


Thanks for the compliments, Nick!

I felt the same way about the Murtaya when I checked it out in person.  I think anybody who has a chance to drive the Murtaya should.

February 4th, 2008

Matt and Les from

Hi Mike,

Firstly, nice work on the website, and thanks for mentioning us at Murtaya New Zealand. We do appreciate it as we all seem to share the same enthusiasm about AMS and the Murtaya.

Our first shipment of two kitsets are finally due into NZ at the end of the week, and we cant wait. We will keep you posted on the build of our demonstrator, and our first customer build, and send you some pics.

On a personal note, we are very interested on how your car has been progressing, and whether its all going to plan for you. We can see how passionate you are about it.

We will let you know how we get on with our cars, and we would be keen to hear how you get on with yours.

Stay in touch.

Thanks for the comments, guys.  I've been watching your site progress and am very eager to see your Murtayas get put together (not to mention creating some new pages on for pictures of them).

My car is still being put together, albeit at a seemingly slow pace (going on a year and a half from build commencement)...I continue to be eager, however, as Neil has been understanding and been paying special attention to the details of my build.  With any luck, it should be shipping shortly...I'll be sure to keep you guys updated. 

Otherwise, take care, and we'll be watching your site and waiting for updates.  Let me know how it goes!

October 29th, 2007


Just wanted to say hello to my cousin Dan Muir and let him know how impressed I am with this car. I really like the styling and profile of the car.

Having driven an all wheel drive Subaru before, I like the idea of using that as your base. Total control on the road. Hope all is well with you Dan.

We'll have to make sure Dan Muir sees this (Dan is the designer of the Murtaya; Dan has also designed Lotuses and Aston Martins).

Also, I'd like to give compliments to Dan on the design of the Murtaya.  It would have been good enough just to have the performance of the Murtaya, but the looks really finish off the entire package nicely.  :)

October 26th, 2007


Hi Mike

The new owners of Which Kit Car (now Complete Kit Car) are running a series on building a Murtaya, started in the September issue - got the October issue down at the supermarket on Saturday to find it was part 2 & got the back issue through the post today!

Scooby running OK [Ed. - Andy just got a WRX wagon that has a future with a Murtaya body] - hope to give it a bit of an under bonnet check out tomorrow all being well - have some new plugs for it...Hope to take it down to Alan Jefferies next summer after I have fitted a front mount intercooler and induction kit to have a SIMTEK ECU fitted and mapped - that's about as far as I want to go with the mods at this stage - i want to try and keep it as straightforward as possible and not overstress the engine too much - if/when I need a new one then I can re-think on that!

Cheers for now

Good to hear from you, Andy, and thanks for the heads up about the articles.  Keep us up to date; this is a site for all present, past (not many of those right now), and future Murtaya owners.

I also added a link to the Which Kit Car site on the Magazine References page.

October 22nd, 2007


Great site! I've spent far too long over the last few days researching the awesome Murtaya after meeting Neil Yates at a rally where my brother was competing.  I want one!

We met the lovely Will Corry [Ed. - the man heading up U.S. distribution; see his pic here] who was racing a similar WRX to my brother & we all got chatting.  I'm trying to convince my brother to use one of his other Impreza's as a donor car, preferably his type R. 

Otherwise I might sell my SLK & buy a donor, my husband is thinking about buying the kit & building it.  We're going to pop down to Cornwall for a test drive, my brother might think about one for next season, all very exciting!

Anyway, any comments about building one would be greatly received, thanks!

Thank you for the kind words, Hazel.

It looks like you're already a big fan of the Murtaya and the people responsible for it.  :)  Hopefully you'll have (at least) one in the family in the near future.

I hope my site helps with your research; it's here for people like you.

As for comments on building one, I'm afraid I might not have too much info on that, as I'm taking the easy way out and letting Neil and the boys put mine together for me (at least my first one :) ).  But what I have heard is that the kit is a one-donor car and comes with excellent, in-depth instructions.  That, and Neil being very approachable (though often busy), should make the assembly a straight-forward process.  Maybe somebody who is actually putting theirs together can chime in?

Anyway, thanks again for the comments, keep on stopping by, and hopefully I might be able to post pics or your Murtaya in the future?


October 16th, 2007


Mike this is a great site!

Thanks for sharing.  It is about time someone built a sports car with subie underneath.

Do you know if 04-07 usdm sti suspension will work?  I have also thought about an auto trans.  Do you know if it will fit?

Thanks! Kelly


Thanks Roger.

According to Neil, the newer Impreza bodies should work, though the kit was designed with the earlier model Imprezas in mind.  See a more complete answer on the Q & A page.

As for the auto, Neil says it shouldn't be an issue.  Again, see his answer in more detail on the Q & A page.

August 13th, 2007

Hello, firstly what a great site this is - really comprehensive.

I have been following the Murtaya for a while now with a view to changing from
my current TVR. I love the subaru impreza burble and doing most of my fun
driving on back roads i figured the AWD could offer something different from the
usual. From what i have seen the quality of the work is superb.

I have very few reservations, one thing however - the door mirrors i think look
to much like an afterthought. Look at the mirrors on a tuscan, noble or even
elises for the sort of thing that might look better - more plended into the
design. Just wonder what are your thoughts on the matter and if anything has
been said by AMS?

Also - any word on the ABS option? (i remember the imprezas with the variable
differential came without it because it confused the sensors) I think with AWD
and winter rubber this could be a real weapon in the wet but it could still be
easy to lock up such a light car at 10/10's. Call me a girl but for road use
having the confidence to bury my foot on the brake in an emergency would be
nice. I am open to being proved that there are not needed though!

Keep up the good work,

Thank you, Tom.

I must first say that you are the envy of many North Americans who can only wish they had a TVR.  :)

As far as your questions, while I could answer them with what I do know, I'd rather turn to the man himself for the official answers.

So, see what Neil Yates has to say on the Q & A page.

And again, thanks for the comment, and keep us updated on what you decide to do in the future...

June 17th, 2007
Mark (Eddie)

Well it is 01:34 in the morning here and this site is to blame!

I am currently awaiting my visit to AMS on Monday 25th June and thought that I would browse the net for any information that I could and since I found this site I have been completely ignoring my wife's calls to go to bed!

I'm really looking forward to my visit and your write ups and pictures have made me even more eager.

Keep up the good work and I'll take my cheque book on Monday just in case!

Congratulations on a great site and I hope you enjoy your Murtaya to the full.

I'll let you know what happens on Monday (and with a bit of luck they may even
let me see your car in progress, if you don't mind of course).


Thanks for the kind compliments on the site, Eddie.  I appreciate you visiting and spending so much time looking through it (though you don't have to read it all in one sitting; I plan on sticking around for a while :) ).  It's worth all the effort if people like you enjoy it.

I hope you really enjoy your visit to AMS.  Say hi to Neil and the rest of the guys for me (and be sure to say hi to my car if it's back from the paint shop!).

Let us know how things go during your visit!  Until then, take care!

June 6th, 2007
Andy W
Hi Great Site!

Had my first ride in a Murtaya at Brands Hatch on Saturday 2 June - WOW!!

Also AMS is a great bunch of people, looked after me really well and so helpful/friendly

Been looking to build a kit car for a while, but not overly keen on the Lotus 7 type replicas or others like that - this one presses all the right buttons - Jap running gear - 4wd - 2 seater - good comprehensive kit - good support - etc

Couple of practical issues to sort out (like somewhere to build it!), then I hope to place an order too

OK I could have one built to order - it would still be great (probably better), but I want to build it myself - not quite the same sense of achievement otherwise!

Also at 6' 7" (sorry - another tall UK guy!) and really needing a hard-top for secutity and UK weather, I am not yet convinced how easy it would be to get in/out on a daily basis...

Will watch your site with interest - I am totally smitten by the car and the ride only strengthened the desire!



Thanks for letting me update the Comments page here for the first time in a long while!

I'm jealous that you got to experience the new 2.5L engine--it sounds like you really enjoyed it, also.

I rounded up a picture (taken by Mark Sansby) of Neil getting out of the Murtaya demo car with the hardtop on.  See it under your pic on Pictures Volume #12.  Neil's not a short guy (nor are several of the other AMS guys and Murtaya reviewers), but you should stop by sometime when they have the hardtop on and see how easy it is to get in and out (and report back to us, since I never got a chance to try with the hardtop on :) ).

Best of luck with your decision - let me know if I can be of any help.  Until then, keep checking back, and take care!

April 19th, 2007
Jeff B
Great site, thanks for keeping us in the loop.  I can't wait to see you get this car. Thanks, Jeff.  Stay tuned for more info (that's why this site was created, after all).
March 10th, 2007 Geza The pictures of the tub show just how thick it is to make the car far more rigid than any car I have ever been in. I did not have to drive it -- just riding in the car made its rigidity obvious. The tub not only makes the car especially rigid but it also provides pure protection in a collision. Just look how thick that tub is under the door -- that is how thick it is front and back.

And it is LIGHT -- two people can easily pick the tub up ... and soundproof and vibrationproof .. the best of all automative worlds.
From a man who's personally experienced the Murtaya.  See the pics he is referring to in the My Murtaya Pictures #4.
March 8th, 2007 Neil
(Managing Director,
Adrenaline Motorsport Limited.)
Hi Mike,

The site continues to impress with some superb colour illustrations.

I still think that the black option you have chosen will be incredible.

We are collecting the Type R from Alans place tomorrow morning so you will get some photos to put up here tomorrow afternoon.

Andy will also be sending you some new images of your tub as it was released from the moulds and then sat on tressles prior to having the flash lines removed.

The perspex covers for your lights are due on the 19th (the first production set!) and your parts are flooding in everyday.

She will start coming together very quickly now!

All the best,
Thanks again, Neil!  Payment #2 is on its way, and I can't wait to see the pictures!
Keep me updated!
February 22nd, 2007 Jay Hi
I ordered one 2 weeks ago

I will be using a 2.5 sti drivetrain

Is a roof available for a Murtaya?

thanks fact, you might have been the one that placed your order when I was over there...And you might even be getting your Murtaya at the same time as I am...

Nice choice on the drivetrain configuration, also.

As for a roof being available for the Murtaya, the answer is yes.  In fact, there is both a removable hardtop and a folding softtop.  Originally, all road-spec cars were going to have the softtop as standard and the hardtop as an option, but the latest information (according to Neil while I was on my visit to AMS) is that you will get whichever top you desire as part of the kit, and the other top will be a cost option.  In fact, Neil states that nobody has ordered a kit with the softtop yet...(and I have yet to see a Murtaya with the soft-top on).
February 21st, 2007 Geza As far as the heat from the engine and the noise from the road:  The "composite monocoque tub”  with its thick energy-absorbing  clamshell....not only is it designed to absorb energy on impact from any direction but,  at the same time, makes the body far more rigid than the donor Subaru Impreza .. but there are a few more benefits. 

The same thick but very light composite tub is perfect for absorbing sounds and vibration from the road... and at the same time it absorbs sound and heat and any rare  vibration from the boxer-engine...the boxer-engine is intrinsically balanced so that  it is essentially free from vibrations.

So from what I remember from the ride in the Murtaya .. any additional soundproofing-insulation would do little but add needless weight to the car.
Hmmm...which brings up a good question....should I get the full sound proofing (like I was planning), or not?  I think the full proofing would only be around 20kgs (44lbs)...but is it really needed?  I'll have to think about that...
February 18th, 2007 Rob Hi. Found your site via Ebay of all places (via Adrenaline).

Will follow with interest your anticipation of the new arrival. Who knows, when house renovation cleared and finances balanced I could be joining you!!

I'm about 80 miles from Adrenaline but have relatives who are only 6 miles away so next time I'm down there I'll maybe take a look in.

By the way it was me who posted details on the UK Legacy Forum.

Cheers for now.

Thanks for the comment, Rob.  I'll have to check out that eBay link...Everybody else can check out Rob's post on the UK Legacy Forums. I hope that all goes well and you end up being a fellow Murtaya owner.  Until then, please keep checking back!
February 11th, 2007 Geza About your "My trip to AMS" -- very well written. Yes it was probably the most expensive test-drive in history, and it was worth every penny.

AMS is a remarkable group of car-intoxicated "petrosexuals" and I have a feeling that they have such a good thing going that someone who is both smart and wealthy might just want to buy them out to make automotive history.
Thanks. I put your thoughts up so people can read them here.
February 10th, 2007 Brian Hey, man - hope you're enjoying your trip, and I can't wait to hear about it and see all the pics!
The trip was great.  Here are pics from my trip, and here are my thoughts on my trip.
January 25th, 2007 Geza Saw the new video. I had to add a comment:
Unless you have driven the likes of a 4WD STi you cannot imagine what this car is doing in this video. The only thing that can compete with it -- for more than ten times the price and half the fun, and ten times the worry, not to mention insurance -- is a 4WD Lamborghini or a 4WD Porsche Turbo Carrera. REALLY
That's how I see it.  And as much as I will enjoy being the only Murtaya driver in this hemisphere initially, I would love for the general public to discover that this is such a great car for the same reasons as you mention.  I also think Adrenaline Motorsport should get properly rewarded for being the first to come out with such a car.  I know I'm gonna support them...  :)
January 24th, 2007 Matt Great Website, Looks like it is going to be a wonderful car.  Wish I had a little extra money, this could be a great all around fun car.  I love the idea light weight, lots of power, and all wheel drive.  It makes it a lot easier on the street or bad weather.

Will you be selling rides :) ?
Thanks for the comments, Matt.  You share my thoughts exactly on the idea of the power, lightweight, and all wheel drive.  I'll be getting to see first hand next week how well it works.  :)As for the rides...hmmm...I had never thought of that...Maybe my car will end up paying for itself...And it would be great advertising for Neil and the guys...I'll think about it.  And Matt, you'll be the first to know if I turn this into a side job.  :)
January 23rd, 2007 Neil
(Managing Director,
Adrenaline Motorsport Limited.)
Hi Mike,

Have to say that the colour combinations look superb, especially the interior. I have sent it to our trim specialists so that they can ensure we have a colour to match (if they do not have it we will of course get it in specially).

Now possibly two Murtaya's racing later this year-more news as it develops.

New Youtube video tomorrow (Wednesday) although the anti-fun police stepped in and stopped us playing too much, so just a little bit of sideways action (much more from outside the car this time).

Take care, only one week till drive time!!
Thanks for the updates, Neil.  I'm glad you approve of the interior and the exterior.  :)  It's great to be able to get a car that (among all the other great things) can be customized exactly the way you like.  Hopefully it will be a good rolling advertisement for AMS.  :)

Exciting news about the racing Murtayas, and I look forward to the new videos also.  But I'll be honest: all that pales in comparison to my excitement of actually getting to drive the beast when I get over there.  :D

See you in a week!
January 22nd, 2007 Greg Robb (of The Kit Car Company) Hello Mike,

Excellent website!  Very nicely done.

I just want to thank you for including a link to our Noble site. I sincerely appreciate that. We look forward to working with you when this arrives in the USA.
Hi Greg!  Thanks for the comments on the website.As for the links to your website, don't mention it.  It's the least I could do.  :)

I look forward to seeing you and your company in person.  Until then, stay in touch, and I'll talk to you later!
January 12th, 2007 Shawn from TRD Costa Mesa, CA. Greg Robb Asked me to check out this car. Looks like a great piece, AWD turbo. I look forward to seeing these here in the US specialty car market. I showed it around here at Toyota Racing Development and there was immediate interest. I'll stay tuned. Later. Indeed, stay tuned, Shawn!  And tell all the guys at TRD hi for me; I've been a big fan of TRD for a long time.  In fact, my current rig is no other than a supercharged, Limited, 1999 Toyota Tacoma TRD 4x4.  And pretty soon she'll have a another fun stablemate.

And if you guys or Toyota need any new car designers, let me know.  :)

Thanks again and keep checking up!
January 9th, 2007 Neil
(Managing Director,
Adrenaline Motorsport Limited.)
Hi Mike,

Love the site, it seems to grow and improve everyday.

We are all looking forward to seeing you at the end of the month, do not forget to bring your driving license!
There will be plenty to see, many parts for your car, your monocoque under construction, and many miles of inviting Cornish roads for us to play on!!

All the best,

Thanks for the comment, Neil.  Trust me when I say I can't wait to get over there!  And I will be sure to bring my license.  :)
January 8th, 2007 Julian Hi,

I found your site on Google. I had a Minari for several years - the Alfa Romeo 33 based car the Murtaya evolved from.

All I can say is....I'm dead jealous, and I'm sure you will enjoy every second of your car when you get it.

Enjoy. Great website by the way!

Thank you very much, Julian! As far as the Minari, it sounds like Adrenaline Motorsport has plans to resurrect it with a new donor...

The car should be fun, though most likely not without some issues, especially since it will be one of the first ones created. But even taking that into account, this entire process has been very enjoyable, from the anticipation of finally driving it, to creating this website, to meeting and hearing from new people (like you). :)

Thanks again for the site comments, and please check back for more of my experience!

January 7th, 2007 Hosanna Horror! I couldn’t believe my eyes. I didn’t think you were going to post comments; especially that one. Look at this! I thought this would be reserved for your fellow car boffins!? Now you have me with all my mush on here.  You'd better not post this one! Thanks again, honey!  Without you, I wouldn't have any comments to post.
January 6th, 2007 random person how about veranda, arail or garamond I assume you're talking about fonts?  Ok, how about arial (for a nice sans-serif font)?
January 6th, 2007 Hosanna Hello my stud muffin. You’re going to look soooo studly in this car. You're so hot, oh, is this supposed to be comments about the Murtaya? It's hot too. I sure hope you’re not going to pick up any of the plethora of chicks that are going to be chasing you around in it. I do however hope you enjoy it immensely for many years to come. I’m happy you decided to move forward with getting it built.

I love you!
Ok, she's my girlfriend...but I haven't gotten many other comments yet.  Oh, and I love you, too. :)
January 6th, 2007 fANGIO Great site
great car
Subaru made it all possible.
Thanks. :)

This is a private site that is supported by but not run or owned by Murtaya Sports Cars Limited ,,,, or