We haven’t heard much of the Rodin FZero track car since it was first shown in 2019, but New Zealand-based Rodin Cars now says it is aiming for a production launch in 2023.
According to specs in a recent press release, the FZero will still be powered by the 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-10 first mentioned in 2019. But now Rodin Cars says it will also have a hybrid system, boosting power to 1,159. HP and 756 lb-ft of torque. This will allow the FZero to beat the lap times of current Formula 1 cars, says Rodin.
Power is sent to the rear wheels via an 8-speed Ricardo gearbox with a 3D printed titanium case. That component will be printed on-site by Rodin, who says 3D printing will help reduce weight. The FZero also has a carbon fiber frame, which helps reduce curb weight to a claimed 1,538 pounds.
Like any self-respecting track car, the FZero also places an emphasis on aerodynamics. Rodin says it can generate up to 8,818 pounds of downforce, though the company hasn’t said how fast you’d have to go to get there.
Braking is entrusted to carbon-ceramic discs with titanium calipers (6 front pistons, 4 rear pistons) with ABS and regenerative braking to charge the hybrid system battery. The FZero runs on 18-inch OZ forged magnesium wheels with Avon racing slicks. Customers who are not used to driving on slick should note that traction control is also included.
Rodin plans to build just 27 cars, with the first scheduled for summer 2023. The price has not been disclosed. If you can’t secure one of the 27 build slots, Rodin also sells the FZed single-seater. Originally the Lotus T125, it looks like a scaled-down F1 car and packs a 3.8-liter Cosworth V-8 that produces 675hp. Pushing just 1,342 pounds, it can take the FZed from 0-62 mph in a claimed 2.9 seconds.