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Rodin FZero, “l’auto più veloce della terra” pesa meno di una F1

To design a high-performance car, it is often necessary to think outside the box and not set limits other than those of homologation if you want to create a car that can also be driven on the road. The Rodin Cars start-up has worked according to the “no limits” principle to create a new hypercar created exclusively for use on the track that aims to be the fastest car in the world: it is one of the Rodin FZero, a racing car equipped with a mid-mounted 4.0-liter V10 hybrid turbocharged gasoline engine. A single-seater ready to bite the curbs that weighs 50 kg less than a Formula 1 car.

Its development has followed the same principle that we talked about before, a car that is not covered by any legislation and that can only be used on the track by customers who will be willing to pay 1.8 million pounds, about 2.13 million euros. in the end. current exchange rate. Rodin Cars founder, Australian David DickerIT billionaire entrepreneur explained that the first deliveries could start as early as the summer of 2023, with the first batch limited to 27 units. The first prototype could already be underway by Christmas 2022, and the company has set a goal of bringing a road version to life at a later date as well. Speaking from a recently opened UK Rodin base at Donington Park, Dicker adds that he hopes the initial prototype will be up and running by Christmas. Dicker had been working on the FZero for several years. in great secrecy but would have decided to leave after the announcement of Red Bull’s new hypercar, the RB17 designed by Adrian Newey. “That car gave us confidence,” Dicker explained. “We thought if they reckoned they could sell 50 cars at a cost of around £5m each, there had to be a market for cars like ours. Now all we have to do is create a car that people like.”

The founder of Rodin Cars has personally followed the development of the project, with most of the components to be manufactured in-house, with the engine being built instead by Neil Brown Engineering. The hybrid propulsion system will consist of the ten cylinders capable of delivering 986 hp at 9000rpm and 670Nm of torque at 7250rpm, combined with a 174hp electric motor that acts as a starter, alternator and power regenerator, as well as providing a torque boost when needed. There the total power of the system will be 1,176 hp, with rear-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic transmission built by Ricardo. The car’s carbon fiber chassis will follow the principles of F1 cars, with fully independent suspension with special hydraulic height adjusters that maintain ride height while downforce increases with speed.

Despite the very low weight, the Rodin FZero is a great car with a length of 5.5 meters, a width of 2.2 meters, a step of 3.0 meters but a height of just 1.13 meters. The new generation materials used, such as, also keep the calculation on the low scale. the 3D printed titanium exhaust manifolds or the carbon fiber composite charge tubes and air chambers. The wheels are 18-inch forged magnesium, built specifically for the project by OZ Racing.

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