First time specialty sports car maker from Germany, Roding Automobile, revealed their Roding Roadster two seat mid-engine sports car at the Geneva Motor Show this past week.
The uniquely styled mid-engine Roadster sports car features a carbon-fiber chassis allowing the vehicle to have a weight of only 950kg (2,094lbs). This lightweight body combined with a BMW in-line 3.0-liter six-cylinder turbo engine producing 320HP (235kW / 325bhp) gives a power to weight ratio of less than 3 kg/HP and renders the 0-100km/h sprint in 3.9 seconds while 80-120km/h (in fifth fear) takes 4.0 seconds. Even more impressive is its lateral acceleration figure of 1.4g at 115km/h (71mph). All of this is achieved while consuming just 8.2-liters of fuel per 100km (34.4 mpg imp).
The first cars to be produced are a special edition, limited run of 23 Roadsters, hence the name. These edition models feature an exclusive exterior design with all visible carbon parts like the hood, rear, chassis, doors and roof unpainted and the rest of the body in any custom color the customer wants. It also includes factory installed racing components.
"The Roding shows how it is possible to make ideal use of light-weight potentials in the vehicle with the fiber bond-appropriate design. The technologies used clear the way for the structural use of fiber bond materials in the major series", explains Dr. Klaus Drechsler (Professor, Technical University Munich), one of the most renowned scientists and technology specialists in the area of CFRP.
Full details and specs in the press release below.