The RP1 is a purpose-built track toy in the vein of the BAC Mono or KTM X-Bow, so it’s not surprising that there isn’t much more to it than what was revealed in the teaser images. The finished product looks pretty menacing, but there’s not really enough bodywork for any real “styling.” Who needs side windows, anyway?
The real purpose of the RP1 isn’t to look good, it’s to go fast, and it should be pretty good at that. The car will be powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged Ford EcoBoost four-cylinder engine, producing 280 horsepower. If Elemental can hit its target weight of just 992 pounds, that would give the RP1 a power-to-weight ratio of around 500 hp per ton. That’s supercar stuff.
If that sounds like too much performance (is there such a things?) Ford’s 1.0-liter EcoBoost triple and a 999-cc Honda motorcycle engine will reportedly be offered as well.
A lightweight chassis and perky powertrain aren’t the only features that help prepare the RP1 for the track. It also features fully-adjustable suspension, and and aerodynamics package that can generate 440 pounds of downforce at 100 mph, according to Elemental.
Should that not be enough to keep the RP1 stuck to the track, the body panels were also designed to be easily removed and replaced, making repairs a relative breeze.
The RP1 is expected to start production next year, although a specific launch date and pricing haven’t been announced.