Elemental RP1 - new track-focused road car revealed with 280bhp

Elemental RP1

Earlier this month a new startup automaker based in Surrey teased their track-focused and road legal RP1 ahead Goodwood Festival of Speed debut.

Here are full details and pictures showing this new UK built track toy in full ahead of this weeks public debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

In concept very similar to the likes of Ariel Atom, the RP1 features a carbon and aluminium centre tub, an aluminium floor and front & rear bulkheads. The dashboard, central pine and fixed side walls are also made of carbon fibre.

The RP1 is 3740mm long and 1775mm wide, with a wheelbase of 2525mm.

Weight and performance specs were not released yet, but the car is reported to weigh around 450kg, guaranteeing mind blowing sprint and track experience.

The RP1 has the potential to use different engines as the subframe design features a so called cassette-type mounting, enabling the possibility of installing different, but similar engines in overall size and weight.

The production spec prototype is powered by a mid-mounted 280bhp 2.0-litre race-tuned 4-cylinder engine connected to a Hewland paddle-shift 6-speed sequential gearbox.

In addition Ford’s three-cylinder 1.0-litre EcoBoost and a 999cc Honda Fireblade motorcycle engine are also available.

Pricing details will be announced closer to market launch, which is scheduled for next summer.


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