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Say Hello To The Vandal One: America's Homegrown Track Machine

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It's powered by the Honda Civic Type R, but with much more power and less weight.

Serious about track days? Then you're going to want something designed just for the purpose. And now you have a new choice on your hands as an alternative to the likes of the BAC Mono or Radical RXC.

Homegrown right here in the United States, the new Vandal One is about as focused a machine as anything coming out of the niche manufacturers across the pond. It's built in Michigan, but sources its engine from Japan: specifically the 2.0-liter turbo four from the Honda Civic Type R, only upgraded well beyond its standard 306 horsepower.

The base model comes with 340 hp, but Vandal's also offering a more potent version kicking out a massive 560 hp – the better part of twice what it makes in the road-going, track-tackling hot hatch.

It's also nowhere near as heavy as the Civic: thanks to its carbon monocoque chassis and carbon-fiber bodywork, the Vandal One weighs all of 1,224 pounds. That's barely more than a third of what its engine-donor weighs, so you can be sure it's going to deliver one heck of a driving experience. The power is channeled through a six-speed sequential gearbox sourced from racing-transmission supplier Sadev.

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It rides on an F1-style pushrod suspension with adjustable dampers, springs, and sway bars, and can be hydraulically raised or lowered from two inches off the tarmac to five (for loading onto and unloading off of a trailer). It also has a full telematics system for analyzing your lap times – but it doesn't come cheap.

Pricing starts at $119,700, which would barely get you in the door on a new Porsche 911 Carrera S. Of course, you can drive a 911 on the road, it's not going to deliver anywhere near the kind of thrills you're bound to experience in the Vandal One.