Car News 13 Jul 2016

Elemental’s RP1 set to hit Bugatti’s 2.5 second sprint

New British start-up, Elemental has demonstrated its Formula 1 and supercar pedigree with the newly released RP1.

The British company strives to create sports cars that are thrilling, fun and pure, using advanced aerodynamics and state of the art technology.

Their latest offering, the RP1, made its public debut at Goodwood. The RP1 is a track-to-road car; it can be used on both by manually adjusting the vehicle set-up.

During testing at Longcross track in Surrey the RP1 gave a great performance, sprinting from 0-60mph in 2.7 seconds. Bugatti’s Veyron (£850K) and Chiron (£2 million) straight-line sprint times are 2.5 seconds.

Elemental believe the RP1 has much more in reserve, as the initial tests were done in poor conditions – “We didn’t have a professional driver, the tyres were worn and the road surface was dirty”.

The roadster’s mid-mounted engine sits in a carbon and aluminium tub and is linked to a six-speed Hewland paddle-shift sequential gearbox. The innovative subframe technology was designed in-house and part-funded by the British government’s Technology Strategy Board.

The RP1 is powered by a re-tuned 2.0-litre Ford Ecoboost engine, delivering 280bhp. Two other engine choices will also be available to buyers; a 999c Honda Fireblade and a three-pot 1.0-litre Ford EcoBoost.

The RP1 features double wishbone suspension, mounted Eibach Springs, Nitron dampers, Caparo calipers and 17inch alloys. It features a new Elemental-developed launch control system with Race mode.

Elemental’s RP1 is on sale now, priced at £100,000, with the first two cars already reserved.


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