The team working at Elemental Motor Company is creating a new range of cutting-edge lightweight sports cars for the track and road-driving enthusiast. The cars incorporate 21st Century motorsport design principles, aerodynamics and materials and their first car will completely update the traditional idea of an occasional-use road and track car. And this is the track focused yet road-legal RP1 which has just been introduced.
The RP1 incorporates a carbon fiber tub, motorsport derived aerodynamics, dramatic styling and owner tunable suspension and it will be available with a range of engines to suit all uses and driving styles. The staff at Elemental genuinely believes that it will become the new dynamic benchmark. The core members of the team have a multi-disciplinary motorsport and engineering background, having worked on some of the worlds’ most successful and admired super-sports cars and racing programs. The supercar has a carbon and aluminum center tub encompassing an aluminum floor and front and rear bulkheads while carbon fiber was used for the dashboard, central spine and fixed side walls. The front suspension, steering mounting points and the front subframe have been set on the aluminum bulkhead.
Going back to the engine types, there is a 4-cylinder, 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine developed in such a way as to generate 280 bhp (209 kW). There is also available Ford's three-cylinder 1.0-liter EcoBoost along with a 999cc motorcycle engine borrowed from the Honda Fireblade. All these engines work linked to a Hewland paddle-shift 6-speed sequential gearbox. The vehicle is also distinguished by a subframe design at the back featuring a "cassette-type" mounting system which allows the possibility of installing different engines to work with the same suspension and gearbox. And since we are talking about suspension, the RP1 has a double wishbone setup with Eibach springs and Nitron dampers. Responsible for stopping the car are four-pot Caparo calipers with 280mm discs working for all 17-inch alloy wheels that wear 235/45R rubbers. Sales of this awesome sports car will begin next summer.
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