Rodin Cars introduces single-seat track car

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New Zealand-based Rodin Cars has revealed a new single-seater. Powered by Cosworth’s GPV8 engine, the Rodin FZED promises to deliver 675bhp at 9,600rpm and peak torque of 490Nm at 7,600rpm.

The 3.8-liter, 32-valve engine is mated to a six-speed sequential gearbox from Ricardo, while the carbon-carbon brakes are by Alcon. The high-level four-way adjustable TTX-40 racing dampers are from Öhlins.

Rodin’s FZED uses a carbon fiber composite chassis and aero package made in Italy by HP Composites, while its floor features an IndyCar-style tunnel rather than the flat floors used in Grand Prix racing.

The exhaust and muffler system were designed and developed in-house from 3D-printed titanium and feature a titanium nitride physical vapor deposition (PVD) coating. The FZED also uses 13in diameter magnesium wheels from Italy’s OZ Racing, shod with tires from specialist British motorsport supplier Avon.

The titanium 3D-printed steering wheel for the Rodin FZED has also been designed in-house, as have the composite seats, which will be custom fitted for each owner and paired with FIA-approved seatbelts.

Eligible for entry into the Formula Libre series in New Zealand as well as the BOSS series in Europe, the Rodin FZED will accelerate from zero to 160km/h in five seconds and boasts a top speed of 300km/h. The entire car weighs just 609kg, excluding the driver.

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