Not many low volume sports car manufacturers can claim a 40 year history, most will have hung up their tools years ago, but not Dresden based Melkus.
After years of racing and moderate sales success with their maiden car design the RS1000, this small German outfit has released pictures of its latest production model, the Melkus RS2000.
The new car retains several of the RS1000’s design features including the gullwing doors and curvaceous body lines, but has been designed to be as slippery as possible through the air.
The flat undertray, front lip spoiler and rear diffuser have all been designed to help increase the aerodynamic efficiency of the RS2000 whilst improving downforce. Weight has also been kept to a minimum thanks to the aluminium chassis and carbon fibre body, resulting in a claimed kerb weight of just 454kg.
No information has been released on what powertrain the new Melkus will use, but given the history of the brand it will almost certainly use a small capacity unit producing no more than 200bhp, with possible engine partners rumoured to include Volkswagen and General Motors.
Further details will be released later in the year, when engine details and prices are likely to be confirmed. Melkus plan to build just 25 units per year, so you’d be right to assume it’s not going to be cheap.