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Trevor Collett | Jun, 25 2014 | 0 Comments

Elemental’s road-legal RP-1 track special has been unveiled this week, ahead of a debut at the Goodwood Festival.

Weighing in at just 450kg, the RP-1 promises some impressive acceleration times, although official performance figures are yet to be released.

Developed as a race car for the road (although more at home on the track), the RP-1 uses a carbon-composite tub which sees the driver sitting in a ‘feet-up’ position.

By compromising the driving position, Elemental says the RP-1 produces 200kg of down-force at 100 miles per hour (160km/h).

Buyers have the choice of three power plants for the RP-1, with two Ford EcoBoost engines and a Honda engine on offer.

The EcoBoost options are a 1.0 litre and 2.0 litre tuned version of the Ford power plant, while the Honda engine is a 999cc unit out of the Fireblade, available only in a superlight track-focused model.

A Hewland six-speed sequential gearbox, as used by Formula Three cars, is the only transmission on offer, but customers can choose to add a limited-slip differential and a different set of gear ratios.

Inside, the RP-1 has two ultra-thin racing seats with harness belts, along with a quick-release steering wheel and plenty of ways to log data while at the track.

Pricing is yet to be confirmed, but production of the road-going versions is expected to begin in the middle of 2015.

Until then, watch for more information and pictures of the Elemental RP-1 to emerge at Goodwood.

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