Tests conducted by London Computing Solutions show the Rp1 in standard configuration generates 882 lbs (400 kg) at 150 mph (241 kph).

Heading to Goodwood FoS this week for its first dynamic run, the Elemental Rp1 is finally ready in production guise after being originally unveiled two years ago. The Hampshire-based niche car manufacturer says the final version of the Rp1 benefits from a very aerodynamic body which enables the EcoBoost-powered machine generate a respectable 882 lbs (400 kg) when it’s doing 150 mph (241 kph).

These numbers were possible by creating what Elemental is describing as “the most advanced aerodynamics packages of any road-going track car.” Part of that is a front diffuser on the car’s underside in charge of channeling air from the front outwards behind the front wheels. From behind the front diffuser all the way to the rear axle is an entirely flat floor which further optimizes the airflow.

2016 Elemental Rp1

The performance was confirmed by London Computing Solutions (LCS) and what’s even more impressive is the fact the experts ran the tests with the Rp1 in its standard road-going configuration. That means it can generate even more downforce when the car has a different setup tailored to track use.

The highly aerodynamic body wraps a carbon fiber tub and a 1.0- or 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine sourced from Ford. The three-cylinder unit develops 180 horsepower and gives the 1,190-lbs track toy enough punch to cover the 0-60 mph (0-96 kph) sprint in 3.2 seconds on its way to 145 mph (233 kph). Upgrade to the four-cylinder engine and you have 320 horsepower at your disposal in a slightly heavier car that weighs 1,278 lbs (580 kg). The meatier engine slashes the sprint time by 0.4 seconds to 2.8 seconds and increases maximum speed by 20 mph (32 kph) to 165 mph (265 kph).

While the first production-spec Rp1 will perform a shakedown at Goodwood Festival of Speed, Elemental will also have the second one for a static display.

Source: Elemental Motor Company

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