15 September 2022
The launch of a Hypercar will always make news, but a single-seat Batmobile revving to 10,000rpm and for track-use and only 44.4 inches tall, what can I say?
Introducing the Rodin FZero.
David Dicker, the founder of Rodin Cars, New Zealand, said, ‘The only real restrictions we face are the laws of physics, and we have even pushed those to the absolute limit.’
The engine is a 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V10 with a hybrid electric motor, resulting in that near 1,200hp, and by utilising carbon fibre, the FZero weighs in at 698 kg, this coupled with 4,000 kg of downforce from the massive rear wing and a flat floor one can start to appreciate the reference to the law of physics.
Rodin, in collaboration with the UK, Neil Brown Engineering, built the engine and Ricardo UK developed the eight-speed gearbox.
Only 27 cars will be made, with each customer able to tailor the handling of their FZero to their particular driving style. Owners will access the company’s numerous test tracks on New Zealand’s South Island.
There have been hints of a road-going version. If that materialises, it will be some time after the track monster.
Oh, and the cost: £1.8million