More details of new British road legal track car revealed

23rd June 2014

British sports car manufacturer, Elemental Motor Company Limited, today released further details of their new and innovative, road legal track car, the Rp1.

The Rp1 is an open top, road legal, mid engined sports car that incorporates state of the art road and race car technologies. Designed, engineered and built by a team with decades ofexperience in the Formula One and supercar industries, it brings the concept of a road legal track car firmly into the 21st Century.

The Rp1 will be revealed to the public for the first time, this weekend, at the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed, where it will located in the Moving Motor Show tent “First Glance” display.

At the heart of the car is a unique, lightweight, structural, carbon-composite tub that reflects modern race car design, offers class leading torsional stiffness and features a Formula One style “feet-up” driving position.

The production development vehicle, XP2, is powered by a Ford 2.0 litre EcoBoost engine, custom tuned by AER/Life racing to give a power output of 280bhp. The engine is longitudinally mounted and mated to a paddle shifting Hewland 6-speed sequential gearbox, with a limited slip diff and alternative gear sets an option for the racing customer.

Other engine options offered at launch will include a tuned version of the award-winning three-cylinder Ford 1.0 litre EcoBoost, which will provide both supercar performance and super-mini levels of economy and emissions, and a “Superlight” track-focussed model incorporating the 999cc Honda Fireblade powerplant.

Elemental Cars are planning to build a limited number of GT-Cup spec race cars in time for the 2015 season, then road car production will be ramping up for the first customer deliveries by early summer. The prices have not yet been confirmed but will be competitive compared with cars of a similar performance, technology and quality.

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