The Marlin 5EXi is one of the simplest kitcars to build and we estimate a total construction time, once the donor parts are prepared, of less than 100 hours.
This ease of build has been a major consideration throughout the development of the 5EXi and a number of design features have been incorporated specifically to help the builder. These include:
Aluminium chassis and body panels laser-cut, pre-formed and pre-drilled to save you work and ensure accuracy;
The simple front/rear/side body section construction means minimal panel alignment - traditionally a tricky and time-consuming job;
The front and rear body sections - where alignment is crucial - are bolted into place BEFORE hinge units are located and fitted - again ensuring a good panel fit;
Stage one of the kit includes a photographic step-by-step CD build manual, featuring hundreds of photographs taken during several actual builds.
Choice of donor
When choosing a donor car for a kit car build, buy the best you can afford. MOT failures or even accident-damaged cars are fine, providing none of the required parts (see below) are damaged or missing, but a low-mileage car is obviously favourable.
We find it for you
And if you don't want to source the donor parts yourself, we will provide them on a pallet for you to prepare (with all details required to register later) or we can supply the parts reconditioned or brand new.
Marlin build stands
For extra ease of build Marlin’s specially designed build stands not only allow the car to be moved in, out and around your garage during the build, they also keep the chassis at the correct height to avoid un-necessary back strain.
5EXi donor options
Option 1) VAG 20v Turbo 1.8ltr (also available in Seat, Skoda and Audi.
These cars will (most times*) give you the entire donor parts needed to build a 5EXi. Any specialist parts come with the kit and further parts required are either available from us or on general sale.
The VAG 20 valve engine
The VAG engines are now the only engine options we offer with the EXi chassis designed around these. The engine is available in a multitude of different car makes and models (see internet for complete information on this) i.e. VW, Audi, Seat, Octavia and Skoda. Each manufacturer uses the engine and gearbox in a number of different models so the great thing is that there are a high supply of donors in all conditions.
The engine assemblies are available from 120bhp up to 225 (bam) bhp in their donors (new 240bhp version launched recently).
Engine assembly (to include everything to make it run i.e. Loom, ECU, Sensors, Filters etc)
Gearbox (either 5 or 6 speed 2WD only) inc Slave cylinder (The gear change levers Marlin will modify).
Drive shafts (from a front wheel drive car of the length fitted to an Audi A3 sport for a std 5spd gearbox or the Seat Leon cupra for a 6spd box.)
Front wheel flanges (2)
Front discs (vented) as 1.8 non turbo Seat
Rear wheel spindle, bearing and flange assembly (2)
Rear brakes and discs (solid)
Handbrake lever and cables
Radiator and fans (optional)
Adjustable steering column (inc switches, cowling, keys complete)
Wiper motor and drive arms
Instruments (Speedo, rev, temp & fuel)
Gear change mechanism (floor mounted parts)