Just prior to the Goodwood Festival of Speed 2014 kicking off, the potent Elemental RP-1 roar-legal track day car has been unveiled prior to deliveries next year. Designed to rival the likes of the Ariel Atom, KTM X-Bow, BAC Mono and Vuhl 05, the Elemental RP-1 features an imaginative design and is promising some seriously epic performance capabilities.
The range-topping Elemental RP-1 will be powered by a Ford sourced 2.0-litre EcoBoost engine tuned to deliver 280 hp. This engine will reportedly deliver 590 lb-ft of torque on top of that impressive horsepower figure and when combined with a possible weight of just 450 kg, the Elemental RP-1 should be ludicrously fast in a straight line and through the corners. This engine is mated to a six-speed Hewland paddle-shift sequential transmission.
Two other engines will be offered. The first will be a small, 1.0-litre three-cylinder EcoBoost engine while a 999cc Honda Fireblade propelled motorcycle engine will also be offered.
All up, the Elemental RP-1 measures 3740 mm long and 1775 mm wide with a 2525 mm long wheelbase. Damping comes in the form of double wishbone suspension complete with inboard Eibach springs and dampers sourced from Nitron. At the front and rear, four-piston Caparo calipers are used to clamp down on 280 mm discs.
Another key aspect of the RP-1 is its tub. It combines carbon fibre and aluminium with an aluminium composite material used for the floor and both the front and rear bulkheads. The side walls, dashboard and central spine are then made from lightweight and strong carbon fibre.
Expect further details and pictures to be dropped when the car debuts in a few days!