Built for less than $2K: The ultimate Subaru 360 | Video


What do you get when you cross home-brewed aerodynamics, a DIY tube-chassis race car and a cast-off 1960s micro car? The Subaru LMP360, apparently.

GRM forum member nocones drove this wild build to first place at the 2022 Grassroots Motorsports $2000 Challenge presented by Tire Rack. Oh, and did we mention it cost less than $2000 to build?

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Colin Wood
Colin Wood Associate Editor
11/22/22 1:09 p.m.

Loved seeing the progress made on the LMP360 since last year's challenge.

If GRM had a deal to produce a DLC car pack for a racing game, I vote that this car be at the top of the list.

GameboyRMH MegaDork
11/22/22 3:22 p.m.
Colin Wood said:

If GRM had a deal to produce a DLC car pack for a racing game, I vote that this car be at the top of the list.

In the unofficial AC league we were discussing the creation of a virtual LMP360, I was saying that changing the 3D model on a Praga R1 and dropping a Legacy torque/power curve into it would be a great start laugh

nocones PowerDork
11/22/22 5:18 p.m.

This is cool.  This year's update video turned out awesome.  I like the shots from the drone and the dragstrip that show the tunnels.

In reply to GameboyRMH :

Funny you guys should mention a digital LMP360.  I have the LMP360 chassis with steering wheel and animated driver, with a reasonably accurate HP curve, gear ratios, suspension geometry and Aero profile in Assetto Corsa.  I just need to update the cad file and get some time to put the body into AC.  If anyone is good at that I would accept help...

ProDarwin MegaDork
11/22/22 5:28 p.m.

Yeah, we do have the technology to recreate this in Assetto Corsa.  We would just need the builder to share some stuff with us.  It would be pretty awesome.


Edit, my post was delayed.  Nocones, you should drop into our Discord channel tomorrow night to discuss.


What specific help do you need?

nocones PowerDork
11/22/22 6:03 p.m.

Mostly figuring out how to handle textures and materials.  The model of the car is native to SketchUp.  I can bring it into blender but I don't fully understand how to treat the materials in blender in a way that then will work well with the AC texture tool.   I can package the model and make a car.  Also the CAD model is just out of date.  I've been trying to get it updated but I just haven't focused on it.  I've had a few other SketchUp projects I wanted to do and the issue with the materials pushed the LMP360 down.  I'd love to take the same model and make a Hotwheels kit with a resin 3D printer as well...

Pete Gossett (Forum Supporter)
Pete Gossett (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
11/22/22 9:10 p.m.

In reply to nocones :

You should actually submit it to Hotwheels & see if they'll produce it!

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