Elemental RP1 teased - new lightweight British road legal track car

Britain already has the open-top Caterham, Ariel and BAC for track enthusiasts.

Looks like there is clearly more room for new ope-top road legal track cars as a Surrey based Elemental Cars will unveil their RP1 later this month at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

Even though the name Elemental Cars does not say anything to most people, they say the RP1 has been in development for the last 5 years and the company consists of a small, highly experienced team of designers and engineers with a combined 120 man-years of experience in the fields of Formula one, Supercar, Aerospace and Automotive design and manufacturing. Sounds like a killer formula!

As you can see from the teaser images the RP1 is an open top, 2-seater mid-engined sports car.

The RP1 features on a custom-designed, lightweight, carbon-composite structural tub that features an innovative, formula one style “feet-up” driving position. There are also under-body aerodynamics, with tune-able vehicle dynamics.

The body shell and interior follow a similar formula with extensive use of carbon composites in their construction.

Power comes from a mid-mounted, race-tuned 280bhp 2.0-litre Ford Ecoboost engine linked to a 6-speed sequential racing gearbox. As the car is reported to weigh around 450kg it has an impressive 500bhp/ton power to weight ratio.

Even though it is as light as possible it comes with goodies such as bespoke electronics and ECU, linking the Dash and Vehicle Controller over a CAN system supporting paddle gear shift, traction control, data logging, on-board camera integration, driver defined steering wheel functions and vehicle diagnostics.

The RP1 is obviously best suited for track days, but also offers road going usability, with large secure storage capacity, footwell heating and a long fuel range.


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