Monaco 2012 Roding Roadster

Roding Automobile presented their hand built Roadster at Top Marques 2012 in Monaco. The small German manufacturer ‒ which was founded in 2008 ‒ unveiled the limited edition Roding Roadster 23 for the first time at the Geneva Motor Show back in March.

The bespoke Roding Roadster is designed to offer maximum performance and driving dynamics trough its lightweight construction and a turbocharged six-in-line made by BMW. This engine has an output of 320 horsepower and a peak torque of 450Nm. Power is transferred to the rear wheels via a manual six-speed transmission.

The Roding Roadster has a power-to-weight ratio of 3kg/hp thanks to its weight of only 950kg. The low weight is achieved via a main carbon fiber passenger compartment manufactured of carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP), while the front and rear sections are made from aluminum-CFRP hybrid structures.

Inherent characteristics of these materials are stiffness and light weight, which are the foundation for precise handling and impressive road performance. The removable roof shell can be stored in the car, giving owners the choice of driving in a roadster of coupe.

The Roding Roadster is able to sprint from standstill to 100km/h in 3.9 seconds and has a top speed of 285km/h. For stopping power the Roding relies on ventilated discs coupled with four-piston calipers at the front and two-pistons calipers on the rear. It takes no more than 34.5 meters to get from 100km/h to a complete standstill.

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  1. Thanks for pointing out that the Roding Roadster’s use of carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) is the reason for this vehicle’s low weight and impressive power-to-weight ratio, Chris! Lightweight materials are moving from “sheets” of carbon fiber as in your example, to long glass fiber strands in injected structural plastic parts. New research by the Department of Energy, Oak Ridge and Pacific Northwest National Laboratories has validated plastics industry university studies and computer modeling. Now smaller parts with only long glass fibers will be able to be created more easily and more quickly, soon joining the ranks of well-known carbon fiber sheets!

    For more on high performance cars made with CFRP, visit: and


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