The first production-spec Rp1 will perform a dynamic run later this month at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

It was almost two years ago when U.K.-based Elemental Motor Company unveiled the track-focused Rp1 roadster. Now, the company has finished assembly of the first unit in production specification at the new facility in Hambledon, Hampshire and will bring the road-legal lightweight sports car to the Goodwood Festival of Speed (June 23-26) for a dynamic run.

In development for about four years, the Rp1 uses a carbon fiber tub which weighs only 143 pounds (65 kilograms) and offers an F1-like seating position. The vehicle has been engineered to exceed FIA’s structural standards for strength and rigidity and weighs only 1,190 lbs (540 kg) with the 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine or 1,278 lbs (580 kg) when configured with the 2.0-liter EcoBoost unit.

When equipped with the smaller 180-hp, three-cylinder engine, the Elemental Rp1 will run to 60 mph (96 kph) in 3.2 seconds before topping out at 145 mph (233 kph). With the 320-hp 2.0-liter unit, the sprint is going to take 2.8 seconds en route to a maximum velocity of 165 mph (265 kph). Keep in mind all these numbers are estimations made by the manufacturer and have not been tested.

The aerodynamic body - which includes a diffuser under the front half of the car - helps the two-seater roadster generate 882 lbs (400 kg) of downforce at 150 mph (241 kph) when in road setup. Switching to the more aggressive track setup will help the car generate even more downforce once Elemental will conduct final verification tests.

Besides doing a dynamic run with the first production-spec Rp1, Elemental will also have on display a second car at the Stand 12 within the exhibition area.

Source: Elemental Motor Company

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