The Rodin FZED aims to pick up where Lotus left off.
With the performance capabilities of modern supercars far eclipsing the pace at which they can be driven on public roadways, track days are becoming increasingly popular among enthusiasts. And many are buying dedicated track cars – even retired F1 cars – just for that purpose. But those are designed to be operated by entire teams and driven by professional racing drivers, which makes this a rather intriguing alternative.
It's called the Rodin FZED, and as you can see, it's designed to be as close as possible to a modern grand-prix racer. Only it's engineered to be easier to own and operate.
The Rodin FZED is based on the T125 – a high-profile but ill-fated project undertaken by former Lotus CEO Dany Bahar before he was ousted. But New Zealand-native gentleman racer (and former Ferrari Challenge champion) David Dicker thinks he can make a success of it where Bahar couldn't.
Like the Lotus T125, the FZED is powered by a 3.8-liter Cosworth V8 derived from an IndyCar design, now tuned to deliver 675 horsepower and 361 lb-ft of torque through a six-speed sequential gearbox furnished by Ricardo – the same company that makes the engines in McLaren road cars and the transmission in the Bugatti Chiron.
In a package weighing just 1,342 pounds, it's said to reach 100 mph (that's right, miles per hour) in just 5.0 seconds and top out at 186 mph, but its real performance would be best measured in how fast it'd get around a race track – which Rodin Cars says would be "very close to Formula 1 times."
To help get it there, Rodin has also fitted carbon-ceramic brakes from Alcon, adjustable dampers from Ohlins, and a variety of 3D-printed titanium, magnesium, and carbon-fiber components. And unlike a decommissioned racing car that can only go about 185 miles before needing comprehensive service, the FZED can be driven hard for over 3,100 miles.
"The Rodin FZED is a far more practical and durable proposition compared with buying and running an historic Grand Prix car," said Dicker. "The beauty of the Rodin FZED is that you get the Grand Prix experience: the speed, the power, the downforce and cornering grip, in a package that has been designed for easy access and reliable performance."
Want to get your hands on one? Rodin will sell you an FZED for $650,000 – which is no small sum for most of us, but far less than you'd have to spend on an actual retired F1 car, and comes out (as Rodin points out) to about the purchase price of a GT3 racer.