No Nonsense High Performance

Dragon Motor Cars has been producing quality light-weight High Performance original design sports cars since 2001.

Dragon SeriesII Roadster is the Second Generation Dragon, using race-proven stock Corvette C4 Front suspension components. You can choose C4 IRS or Live Axle Rear Suspension in a dedicated race quality chassis with a vintage-styled original fiberglass body and small block engine. The result is stunning in appeal and capable of world class performance on the track.


Show Winner at Knott's Berry Farm AHA Show April '05:

Best in Show Factory Sports, Director's Choice, and

Longest Distance Driven( NH to LA)

42 Jenkins Road

Lebanon, NH 03766

(603) 448-1477

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Dear Kit Car Enthusiast,

I appreciate your interest in the evolution of our original design car, The Dragon SeriesII Roadster!

Dragon's first Kit Car Magazine Feature artilce on our "Fire Breather" Prototype appeared in the July '02 Issue of Kit Car Magazine. The prototype, which was raced to victory in KCI's Run & Gun 2001, was a winner right out of the box. The success of SeriesI Dragons in repeat appearances at Run & Gun in '02 and '03 showed that Dragons had the handling and performance to make it competitive in all events, we decided to refine the body styling and make assembly even easier than SeriesI.

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FAQs

Body Construction The Frame The Suspension The Engine and Transmission

How Does the Car Perform? What is included in "The Basic Kit"? How Much Does it Cost to Build?

Terms and Conditions

Why Did We Develop the Dragon?

The Dragon is an original design patterned after the late '50s and early '60s racer specials. Look closely at the Dragon and you will see influences from the Lister Knobbly, Cobra, Daytona Coupe, Jaguar, McClaren, and Ferrari. But it had to be more than just a good looking body, it had to have world class performance capability, be light in weight, and easy to build. Not every car enthusiast has a fully equipped garage, and neither do I, so it was VERY important that the assembly require no really special tools except for an engine hoist.

2001 Prototype


2002 SeriesI Dragon

2005 SeriesII Dragon



Body Construction

The SeriesII, completely reshaped from the #8 SeriesI Body, features larger radiator opening, lower engine hump, more stylized fender transitions, elimination of doors, modular windshield frame, and only one hood seam - at the firewall.

Our body is non-stressed, meaning that it is not a structural part. This reduces the chance of stress cracks. Anything structural on our car is bolted to steel, not fiberglass.

The hood shell is one piece from the mould, so it incorporates the cowl shape without secondary bonding of a rear stiffener as in SeriesI. The SeriesII nose tilts forward to provide easy access to the engine, front suspension, etc. It comes off by removing the two hinge bolts.

The main body consists of a shell cleverly designed to fasten directly to the lower frame rails and upper frame members, ensuring perfect positioning and allignment. By removing a few bolts, the entire body can be lifted off the chassis!

The windshield frame, with steel reinforced A-pillars, drops into brackets on the upper frame rails, making it possible to change to a low screen for track days or put in the Grand Touring windshield for the road.

The dash is removable, making installation of gauges, wiring, and switches a snap.

Our body is hand and machine-laid fiberglass using polyester resin, and is finished in sandable gel coat.


The wheel splashes and inner panels of nose and trunk have already been glassed in. No fiberglass work is required except for seam knockdown and cutouts for lights, vents and gauges.


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One Piece Nose from Firewall forward

Main Body Shell

Modular WIndshield

The Frame

We are very proud of the new SeriesII space frame. It's strong and beautiful. For its construction, Dragon used the fabricating and welding skills of Bryan O'Day of O'Day's Garage in Springfield, NH, who has been designing and building race cars for many years.

Constructed of 2x2 Steel, our frame forms an incredibly strong truss. The decision to eliminate the doors means there is no compromise to frame stiffness or side-impact protection for the occupants.

Our car was built on scales. The placement of every component was carefully considered for balance and weight distribution. The result is a near perfect 48/52 weight distribution.

Our frames feature:

    • Provision for full width roll bar

    • Cowl tube, to which windshield, steering and dash attach

    • Aluminum panel construction for tub and floors

    • 5-point seat belt mounts

    • steering column mounts

    • bolt-in suspension points

    • sway bar mounts

    • race-style battery box

    • radiator mounts

    • body mounts

    • fuel cell mounts

With our frame, you sit IN it, not on it, which results is a low center of gravity. And although it looks massive, it weighs only 260lbs.

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SeriesII 2x2 Steel Frame shown here with C4 mounts

Aluminum Panels for tub and floors

The Suspension

We offer two different rear suspension options. At the time of ordering, just specify which one you want.

The independent rear suspension from the 1984 to 1996 C-4 Corvette bolts in without modification. These parts are made in aluminum and offer good brakes. As with the SeriesI, we do away with the mono-leaf spring and use coil over shocks. The advantages of the independent rear end are a higher level of sophistication and perhaps higher perceived value, less unsprung weight, and the ability for each wheel to move independently. The bottom line is that the independent rear usually offers a smoother ride on rough surfaces. The negatives of the independent rear are higher cost, more complexity, usually greater weight and less traction under acceleration.

You could use a C-4 Corvette as a donor and use the complete suspension, steering, engine and transmission from it. However, it is only the later C-4’s (1993-1996) that have the good LT1 engine.

We also offer a live axle rear suspension. Our system, a four bar Satchel link, offers light weight, roll under steer, and superior anti-squat(the amount of weight transfer under acceleration.) You can use the rear end from the 1993-2002 Pontiac Trans Am or its sister model the Chevrolet Camaro Z-28.

The Trans Am and Z-28 came with good LT1 engines in 1993 through 1997 and then the all aluminum LS1 engines from 1998 through 2002. These cars utilized 4 speed automatic transmissions or 6 speed manual transmissions. The rear ends featured 3:42 to 1 gear sets with posi-traction and good disc brakes with aluminum calipers. A great and relatively inexpensive way to build the Dragon is to use the drive train, rear axle, and even fuel tank and fuel lines from these cars.

To use the rear end, you will strip the factory brackets from the axle tubes and bolt or weld on new control arm brackets that we provide. The advantages of these rear ends are their lightweight, availability, low price (around $250), posi-traction, good performance gear ratio, and great brakes. It has been our experience that the car drives beautifully with this set up. The GM rear is not known for being as strong as, say, the Ford 9 inch. But, except in all out racing applications, in a car as light as a Dragon, it works extremely well. And there are after market solutions that allow you to significantly upgrade the parts, even eliminating the C clip retention system. Our car weighs about 1300lbs less than the Firebird or Camaro and therefor results in significantly less stress being put on engines, transmissions, rear ends, suspensions, and brakes.

The Ford 8.8inch or 9 inch rear end can also be used. But, they would have to be custom made to the right width and pinion offset. We need to know which rear end you will use at the time of your order so we can provide the correct axle conversion brackets.

C4 Corvette Front Suspension

Live Axle Rear Suspension

Engine

The SeriesII Dragon is jigged for Small Block Chevy fuel injected power. LT Motors or LS motors(with adapter plates) will drop right in. Because of the lower hood bump, traditional SBC may need a creative intake choice to keep it under the hood.

Of course, the combinations are endless. You are only limited by your imagination and pocket book!

LT-1 Motor

Transmissions

The frame has mounts for most popular transmissions, even automatics!
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How Does the SeriesII Perform?


With the unprecedented success of SeriesI Dragons, was SeriesII up to the challenge?


Brian White sold his SeriesI Dragon to build a new SeriesII Roadster. He completed his Copper Dragon in time to compete in the 2007 Run & Gun Competition. Not only did he win Best in Show for his stunning car, he won the Prepared Drags Event, and posted some of the fastest road course times ever for a Dragon. Brett Lenger added Turbo power to his highly customized Dragon and won the Auto Cross for Novice Class.


The Dragon handles like a race car, and yet the ride is smooth and compliant.

SeriesII Dragons on the Roadcourse -

Run & Gun 2007

Comfort

Our goal was to create a car that was comfortable to drive and ride in. How many cars have you checked out that looked cool, but were virtually impossible to sit in, let alone drive?

The interior of SeriesII can be customized by seat choice, either Race Style or custom fit shell, or you can just pad the interior and use a Dragon seat base to give you the lowest possible seating position.

Footbox room is luxurious , so whether you're tall or short, you can fit comfortably. Even if you're 6'6", the dash and footboxes can be modified to accommodate you!

Because of the shape of the hood and height of the windshield, you will find the cockpit a comfortable place to be while driving.

Sit back and enjoy the ride!

The Dragon can be fitted with heat and A/C. We have designed a built-in mounting location for the unit and there is plenty of room under the dash for vents.

The Dragon can be fitted with a soft top for driving when it's wet.
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What Does a SeriesII Dragon Cost and What Do I Get?

If you choose the Basic Series-II Dragon Kit at $13,990 FOB Factory, this includes:

    • The 2x2 Frame, for C4/F&R or C4F&Live Axle Rear

    • The Fiberglass Nose & Body, temporarily mounted to the Frame, Fiberglass Dashhboard and Trunklid with hinges and latch.

    • Aluminum Panels for tub, interior and floors

    • Fiberglass Windshield frame with posts & supports

    • Fasteners package for body and panels

    • Complete list of all parts needed to build and finish your Dragon, along with sources and advertised prices for those parts. Back to Top

We use readily available parts that can be ordered through Chevy, Summit, Jeggs, etc.

Options:

    • Over-the-Top Headers and Side Pipes $1050.00

    • Full Width Roll Bar $250

    • Complete Interior Kit with Upholstered Transmission Tunnel Cover, Snap-in Rear Headrest/Bolster, Upholstered Dragon Seat Shells, Carpet for trunk. $2050.00

    • Rear Deck Spoiler - $100

 
How Much Does it Cost to Build?

To build your SeriesII Dragon using a ZZ4 motor and Tremec 5-spd Transmission, allowing $2500 for paint and $1500 for wheels and tires, and using our Basic Kit, you will spend about $35,000. This is using all new parts except for the USED Corvette suspension pieces.

While this is not cheap, if you shop around, I think you will find that it's a very competitive price. And, I don't believe that you can match our quality or performance for anything close to that amount.
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Is It Hard to Build?

No car is easy to build. You need basic mechanical skills and a good assortment of tools. If you had auto shop, work on your own cars or like to build things, you can build this car.

We have eliminated the need to do welding and fiberglass work. We recommend that you use a professional to do the body prep and paint.

We've incorporated many improvements and changes into the Dragon SeriesII kit to make it easier to build than most other kits on the market.

Also, we are available 9AM to 5PM Monday through Friday to answer any questions.

Our goal is to make you happy. It's only by satisfying YOU that Dragon has a future in this business.

You can build this car!
 
Terms and Conditions

Our production is limited to approximately one car per month. To reserve a car, we require a deposit of 25% of the Kit Cost. Upon receipt of your deposit, we will send you a contract and confirmation which will clearly state the ship date. You have 10 days to review the paper work. If you change your mind for any reason, notify us within 10 days and we will refund your deposit.

When your kit is complete, we will notify you. Once we receive the Balance Due, then you can pick up your kit or have it shipped(FOB NH). Upon receipt of The Kit, you have 30 days to change your mind. We will return your money, less a 10% restocking fee. The Kit must be returned at your expense in original, undamaged condition to qualify for a refund.

-Crating Charge is $350.00. Freight is FOB Factory.

We know that we're the New Kit in town. We're here to earn your trust and respect. We want to help make building your dream car a great, fun experience.

We hope that you will seriously consider the Dragon!

It has unique, attention getting style, race-car quality frame, Corvette suspension, Chevy Power, 50/50 weight distribution. It's 39" high, 74" wide, 169" long, has a 98-1/2" wheelbase, 5" ground clearance, and weighs between 2000 and 2200 pounds!

If, like us, this is your idea of a SuperCar, give us a call. We'll build one for YOU!
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Dragon SeriesII Roadster Kit

from $13,990 FOB Factory

©2009 Dragon Motor Cars, LLC.

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42 Jenkins Road, Lebanon, NH 03766   (603)448-1477

Disclaimer:
Corvette C4 and Corvette C5 are registered marks of General Motors Corporation. Cobra is a registered trademark of Ford Motor Company.

Dragon Motor Cars is not associated with Ford Motor Company or General Motors.