Every once in a while, I look to nature for design concepts. The squid is a good choice for hot rod design. It's sleek, quick, and maneuverable. I especially like the front fins!

This design is quite simple, as it utilizes the complete engine assembly from just about any front-engine, front-wheel-drive compact on the market. In this particular design, I chose the front assembly of an Acura Integra. This includes the radiator, transmission, and suspension components. There is some fabrication to be considered, but the concept is feasible. The steering rack can be replaced with a solid bar or by a hydraulic actuator. This would allow you to produce a very cool rear-steer effect.

The frontend is a very simple T-bucket axle assembly as supplied by Total Performance. You can theme the car with wheels and tires. Low, fat tires and wheels give an exotic look to the car, while taller tires and wheels develop a more nostalgia look.

The body can be created a couple of different ways-one requires a lot of patience and skill, while the other method is a bit easier. The more difficult approach is to sculpt the body in foam, and then cover the shape in fiberglass. Once the 'glass has cured, the supporting foam may be scooped out. The other method is to use a fiberglass T-bucket body and two fiberglass '40 Ford hoods clam-shelled together to create the lakes-style nose.

I hope the Squid will spark some imaginations out there. It's fast, sleek, and above all else, different!