A few days ago news emerged that a brand-new British sports car maker is entering this now busy little market, and will soon introduce a new track toy. They car called Elemental Cars, and the machine they have built is a lightweight speed machine called the RP-1.
Set to be revealed at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, Elemental RP-1 showed us a little skin when it was first introduced, just enough to let us know it is a full-on track machine. Now they have released new, more revealing shots of the car which confirm early speculations that the RP-1 is a direct rival for the BAC Mono. It looks sort of similar to Cheshire’s pride and joy.
The makers of Elemental RP-1 set themselves an ambitious goal of achieving 500 horsepower per ton power to weight ratio, which is what you get from Bugatti Veyron. The engine they had at their disposal was a 2.0-litre Ford EcoBoost with around 280 horsepower, which means they had to keep the weight of the car at 450 kg, which is pretty astonishing. Later on, there will be an entry-level model with Ford’s 1.0 liter EcoBoost unit.
Elemental RP-1 also features a six-speed sequential gearbox, fully adjustable suspension, and sophisticated aerodynamics with up to 200 kg of dwonforce at 100 mph. It boasts a patent-pending carbon-aluminum construction and a motorsport-derived driving position which only works for drivers shorter than 198 cm!