Elemental Cars - Rp1 Price: £98,500 ex VAT

Last Updated On: 13/05/2018

Elemental Cars' Rp1 is a car designed to be as effective on the track as it is easy to drive home from it.

The original design brief for the Rp1 was to create a lightweight two-seater track car with easily adjustable dynamics. Following careful development using up to the minute technology and construction materials, the Rp1 completely updates the traditional idea of an occasional-use road and track car.

The Rp1 incorporates a strong, lightweight aluminium and carbon fibre construction, which should make it the world's lightest sports car, with a dry weight from 595kg. It will be able to generate 200kg of downforce at 100mph (161km/h) with motorsport derived aerodynamics.

The Rp1 is powered by either a 2.0L or 2.3L Ford Ecoboost turbocharged engine, the larger unit unusually offered as a no cost option. Power output for the smaller engine is 280bhp and its performance figures are a 0-60mph (97km/h) time of 2.8 seconds and a top speed of 155mph (249km/h). Power output for the 2.8L is 320bhp and the performance figures are a 0-60mph (97km/h) time of just 2.6 seconds and a top speed of 165mph (266km/h). 

The engines feature an Elemental designed wet sump lubrication system and are mated to a Hewland JFR 6 speed sequential gearbox. Furthermore Elemental fit each engine with a lightened flywheel and 7” dual plate clutch, low inertial alternator and a custom designed stainless steel exhaust. The race-inspired, mid mounted longitudinal layout of the engine and gearbox optimises both the balance and centre of gravity of the car.

The interior, with its custom carbon fibre seats and minimalist waterproof suede trim, carbon fibre and machined alloy detailing, a programmable colour LED dash display and custom designed centre touch-control panel, takes this idea of sporting form and functional minimalism further.  

The Rp1’s unique feet up driving position necessitates an equally unique seat design and Elemental's custom-designed carbon composite seats are both strong and lightweight as well as being supremely comfortable. The feet up driving position might initially seem unusual, but it is a very natural position, found in all F1™ and LMP race cars, and it quickly makes other cars feel unnecessarily upright.

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