You’ve Probably Never Heard of the Zolfe GTC, But You Can Buy One
The first thing you probably thought when you looked at this car was, "Man, that is one wild looking Datsun Z project!" Then you read a bit more about it and how it came to be and you think, "Man that is one wild looking Datsun Z project!" Mixing inspiration from the Datsun 240Z, Opel GT, Jaguar E-Type, and some TVRs, the Zolfe GTC Road Rocket is the result of ex-technical director of Caterham, Jez Coates, working with entrepreneur, Nic Strong, to build an ultra-lightweight, classically-styled sports car. Mashing so many famous designs together is a very risky approach—one that may or may not yield positive results. Whatever your first impression of Zolfe is, it's an interesting vehicle to find, and up for sale on eBay right now with a 'Buy It Now' price of $32,900. RELATED: See Photos of the 2008 Rossion Q1 Sports Car
Inside, you get a clear declaration of what this car is all about. The full-tube spaceframe chassis was designed by Simpact, and built by Stadco, the same responsible for the Ford GT's aluminum spaceframe. The interior is definitely spartan, but there's A/C, a 12V port, power windows, and apparently some cupholders, though, it's hard to find them in the photos.
Zolfe enlisted Multimatic to do the suspension design and geometry as they wanted the car to have Formula 1-style handling capabilities. Thanks to a curb weight of 1,500-lbs and 50/50 weight distribution, Multimatic had a great platform to work with. A 2.0-liter inline four cylinder from Ford makes about 170 horsepower, giving the GTC Road Rocket a power to weight ratio of about eight pounds per horsepower. The power-plant is mated to a six speed manual transmission out of a Mazda Miata.
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Built in Atlanta, Georgia, in 2011, this Zolfe GTC Road Rocket is nothing if not an eye-catching rarity that's probably a blast to drive. With such a lightweight chassis, 170 horsepower has never sounded like so much fun, especially with the aggressive suspension setup, and low slung cabin.
The Zolfe definitely has a few angles from which it can be viewed favorably, but for the most part it just looks like a half-baked concept. You can find elements of all the cars they say inspired it, but ultimately, it looks like an 240 Z and RX-8 mashed together by a 10-year-old. If you can get on board with that, this is a car that will not only turn heads at track days, but post some impressive results as well.
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