She is built for the racetrack, no doubt. But you can take her around to the grocers and you are guaranteed to hog the oohs and aahs! Of course, your shopping list shouldn’t be long, ideally confined to a soda or two. This is Elemental RP1, UK-based Elemental Motor Company’s street legal track toy. Yes, you heard it right, STREET LEGAL!
Let’s see what she’s made of, boys. The RP1 has a carbon and aluminum center tub—with an aluminum floor, front and rear bulkheads. Carbon fiber comes into the structure in the dashboard, the spine through the middle and fixed sidewalls, giving it the racy looks, hopefully with great structural stability. The front aluminum bulkhead has a bigger role to play in the car’s handling too as the steering mounting points, front subframe and suspension have all been installed on them. The RP1 has a double wishbone suspension setup, armed with Eibach springs and Nitron dampers.
Elemental has come up with an ingenious subframe design at the back—a “cassette-type” mounting system. This makes it possible to mount various engines without changing or tinkering with the suspension or gearbox.
The track/street car will be powered by a 4-cylinder, 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine, which has been tweaked to generate 280 bhp (209 kW). The other two engine options are Ford’s three-cylinder 1.0-liter EcoBoost, and a 999cc Honda Fireblade motorcycle engine. The power is transmitted through a Hewland paddle-shift 6-speed sequential gearbox.
The top speeds RP1 is capable of is anybody’s guess as Elemental has kept things hushed. But, the potential weight to power ratio going by the design elements leaves no doubt as to what this two-seater is capable of. With all that power, brakes are important. Elemental has put its trust on four-pot Caparo calipers, with 280mm discs, for all 17-inch alloy wheels running on 235/45R tires.
Elemental RP1 will hit the market next summer. Any guesses what the price would be? The wait begins for Elemental to reveal that, along with the performance parameters, in the coming months.