Published on June 21st, 2016 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
Elemental Rp1 Set to Generate 400kg of Downforce at 241kmh
The eagerly anticipated Elemental Rp1 is capable of generating 400kg of downforce at 150mph (241kmh) after the performance of the final Hampshire-based manufacturer’s design was confirmed by London Computing Solutions (LCS).
The 500bhp/tonne Rp1 has undergone extensive testing and development in the MIRA wind tunnel and Elemental has sought to verify the efficiency of the sports car’s aerodynamics by utilising the very latest in Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) techniques and further real-world validation on both the test track and the road.
The Rp1 features one of the most advanced aerodynamics packages of any road-going track car and it began from the very conception of the car. The driving position and packaging is key to engineering the racecar-inspired floor that runs from the very front of the car to the trailing edge, carefully managing the flow front the front and generating downforce.
Adopting this layout allowed Elemental to engineer an advanced front diffuser on the underside of the car, which channels the air from the front of the car outwards behind the front wheels. Extending from behind the front diffuser to the rear axles is a completely flat floor, which conditions the air flow as it exits from underneath the car through the rear diffuser.
Elemental has recently completed its first production-specification Rp1 at its new factory in Hambledon, Hampshire with this landmark first car set to make its dynamic debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed between 23-26 June.