The Elemental RP-1 track car concept tips the scale at just 992 pounds. It comes as no surprise that there appears to be but one seat in this track-only racy lady. She is set to make her grand debut, fittingly, at the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed, which will take place June 26th-29th this year.
The track-only car trend has come about to create a niche for cars that are not tailored to any set of strict racing guidelines and are also too aggressive to be street legal. The are the project and hobby cars wet dreams are made from, and they just keep getting better! While it may not be likely to get an Ariel Atom in the garage for play dates, something like an $85k Elemental RP-1 is a possibility for some. The pricing is not official—that is simply the best guess at this juncture.
The Elemental RP-1 at a glance:
- Word is that she is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged Ford EcoBoost 4-banger.
- The engine is mated to a six-speed sequential transmission with sweet paddle shifters.
- Due to the dramatically low 992-pound curb weight, that engine may turn her into a jet. It is not clear if that is the weight with fluids and average sized driver, or dry weight.
- Some say she generates 440 pounds of downforce at 100 miles per hour.
- Another perk: All that delicious carbon fiber. The body panels can be easily removed and replaced, making a track hobby less frustrating. It must be presumed with that much power and hardly any weight that it will end up looking like the Hennessey Venom GT I usually bang up in the video game Forza.
- Fully-adjustable suspension.
Official details for the Elemental RP-1 track car concept will be revealed later this month at Goodwood. It certainly seems she will be on deck to challenge the likes of the KTM X-Bow, Ariel Atom, Koenigsegg and other extreme sports cars.
Teaser shots of the Elemental RP-1.