The Brutal S1 Is A Thoroughbred Race Car For The Road

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Don't expect to find any creature comforts like air conditioning, power steering or ABS.

After more than a decade of development, Slovakian-based startup Brutal has revealed its first ever sports car. Called the S1, it’s the very definition of an uncompromising road-legal race car. Taking inspiration from the acclaimed Ariel Atom, the Brutal S1 weighs less than 900 kg and is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine taken from a Subaru STI that produces 300 horsepower channelled through either a five or six-speed manual gearbox. Admittedly, the styling probably won’t turn any heads, though you do get gullwing doors.

Clearly, the aim was to make the Brutal S1 as lean as possible, even if it compromises its looks. Originally designed by Jakub Starman who now works for Skoda, the bespoke body is constructed out of a combination of fiberglass, carbon fiber, and airex foam to reduce any unnecessary weight. The same philosophy has been applied to the stripped-down interior comprising of bucket seats, a roll cage and extremely basic instrumentation. If you’re looking for a sports car lavished with creature comforts, the Brutal S1 isn’t for you: there are no power windows, power steering, air conditioning or ABS. This is a sports car in its rawest form.

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Even the “snow white paint” has been applied with minimal coating thickness. Being rationed on such an extreme diet means that the Brutal S1 only weighs 800 or 860 kilograms depending on which engine you select. 0-60 mph takes 3.9 seconds, which is perhaps slower than you might expect. For now, the Brutal S1 is only a prototype, but the company’s founder Marian Luspai has said that the lightweight sports car has already attracted potential customers. Depending on demand, a maximum of six units could be made each year, but pricing details haven’t been revealed. Luspai revealed that the brakes and some parts of the suspension are sourced from motor racing.

Let there be no doubt, then, that the Brutal S1 is a thoroughbred race car for the road. “Of course, the Brutal S1 is not a car you would take to the supermarket,” he said. “It is a racing machine engineered for high performance. That’s its essence.”

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