New Zealand (still) has its own hypercar

Around 4000 kg of downforce can be generated by the extreme bodywork.

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Around 4000 kg of downforce can be generated by the extreme bodywork.

Rodin Cars, a performance car manufacturer based in the South Island, has detailed the powerful FZero hypercar.

Power will come from a bespoke 4.0-liter twin-turbo V10 engine, as well as a crankshaft-mounted electric motor, mated to an eight-speed semi-automatic transmission.

Combined power is rated at 865kW/1026Nm and redline is a delicious 10,000rpm. Rodin does not claim a 0-100 km/h time, but rather says that the car will reach 360 km/h with the right aerodynamic configuration.

The bespoke V10 revs to 10,000 rpm and, combined with an electric motor, produces 865 kW.

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The bespoke V10 revs to 10,000 rpm and, combined with an electric motor, produces 865 kW.

The spec sheet also lacks any mention of the battery powering the electric motor, but it would be safe to assume the motor is intended for performance rather than eco-driving.

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The carbon fiber composite chassis is identical to the FZed which looks like the F1 and, thanks to the engine weighing just 132kg, the whole car tips the scales at just under 700kg.

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The Rodin FZED was developed and built in New Zealand and gives owners an F1-style experience for a lot less money. It still costs $1 million.

Bespoke 18-inch forged magnesium wheels wrapped in Avon racing tires hide big 380mm carbon brakes on all four corners.

Rodin says up to 4,000kg of downforce is possible with its extreme aerodynamics, which should help the car achieve its goal of being faster than an F1 car on a circuit. We don’t know which track it might be, but it will still be very impressive if Rodin can pull it off.

The company wants the first $3.6 million FZeros to ship within the next twelve months, with the first 30 for track use only. A road model will arrive soon after, along with a fully electric road car in 2024.

The FZero uses the same chassis as the FZed, meaning the entire car weighs just 698kg.

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The FZero uses the same chassis as the FZed, meaning the entire car weighs just 698kg.

Owners will have access to custom racing apparel, vehicle storage and delivery, and driver training at Rodin’s facilities.

Of course, the FZero won’t be the first high-performance car to be designed in New Zealand.

There was the stillborn Hulme F1, a Corvette-powered two-seater originally slated for launch around 2006. It never made it off the grid, however, meaning the first production supercar title born in New Zealand is always up for grabs.

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