Check out this beauty. It dropped into the PistonHeads mailbox this morning, it’s called the RA after its Phoenix Arizona-based creator Rizk Auto, and it’s beautiful because it’s a stunning (we think) contemporary take on the 1957 Aston Martin DBR2 Le Mans racer.
The company has evidently spent good money on an impressionable copy-writer, so it would be rude not to quote some more:
‘Transcending the mundane mechanics of mere transport, the RA is meant to transform every journey into a lifestyle. A lifestyle that recognizes that speed and sport have form, and that in nature there are no straight lines. The visceral experience of driving a RA; the noise, the vibration, the intimacy of the surroundings; are an affirmation of a life worth living. RA is a statement of elegant choices, of lack of pretence and of an uninhibited joy for speed.’ So there you go.
There’s fully independent suspension all round, and you can choose from straight six or V12 Jaguar power (fed by triple SU carbs if required) or the fuel injected LS3 V8 from the Chevy Corvette. Power outputs are presumably dependent on customer-specified states of tune, but with an all-up weight said to be just 953kgs, the potential is there for shattering performance.
"At the intersection of Art and Science lies a common soul: Creativity. The creativity of a beautiful form. The creativity of a well executed function. The history of the Automobile spans a century of innovation and sensuous design, yet unfortunately rarely both attributes combined. The RA assimilates the best elements of the most seminally beautiful racers of the golden era with the material and manufacturing processes of current aerospace technology.
Transcending the mundane mechanics of mere transport, the RA is meant to transform every journey into a lifestyle. A lifestyle that recognizes that speed and sport have form, and that in nature there are no straight lines. The visceral experience of driving a RA; the noise, the vibration, the intimacy of the surroundings; are an affirmation of a life worth living. RA is a statement of elegant choices, of lack of pretence and of an uninhibited joy for speed.
This yearning for elegance has led us to one of the most inspired designs in the history of the Automobile. The 1957 Aston Martin DBR2 LeMans Race car epitomizes the pinnacle of beautiful mechanical design, when cars were still being described as sexy.
The RA relies heavily on the long lost genius of master artisans, and has assuaged the design to accommodate the demands of a 21st century road car while retaining its inherent beauty.
Every vehicle in the same category of RA has always used what is commonly known as the space frame or ladder type chassis. These are cage like frames built usually out of steel tubing and welded together on a jig. The main advantages to this type of structure are very low tooling costs and they can be built to good stiffness. Yet the space frame has two significant flaws. They are heavy (if strength and stiffness are achieved) and extremely inefficient in packaging especially for the occupants of the vehicle. This immediately eliminated the space frame as an option for RA.
What we have achieved is a stiffness that is incomparable to any mass produced production vehicle, spectacular cabin space that will accommodate frames from 5’0” to 6’5” comfortably and a total weight of only 220 lbs. No other custom built classically designed vehicle in the world has this level of engineering, strength and technology in one package.
The purpose of using Nomex is to add thickness to the material without adding any substantial weight. A composite structure’s stiffness is a function of the cube of the thickness of the material. Thus if we compare 2 composite panels, one with 1t thickness and the second with 2t thickness, the second panel will be approximately 7-8 times as stiff as the first. Typical automobiles are built with a sheet metal thickness of approximately 0.04” inch (19 gauge). On the other hand, every panel on the body of RA has a composite thickness of 0.5” inch. Doing a very simplified mathematical comparison, the RA would yield a body stiffness that is more than 1500 times stiffer than common sheet metal bodies.
When NASA embarked on their Mars rover program they needed to invent a new and far more efficient insulation solution that would provide exceptional heat shield properties for the rovers from the harsh environment of Mars.
This product, the first breakthrough technology incorporating Nano-tech science is called Aerogel. It is the most advanced insulating technology in the world. The success of Aerogel has been so spectacular, that NASA created a company to commercialize the product.
RA is the first passenger vehicle to use Aerogel as its primary insulating material. The entire engine bay and underside of the vehicle is covered in this space age hydro-phobic (water resistant) compound. The light weight and extraordinary attributes of Aerogel make the RA the most technically advanced vehicle in the world when it comes to heat insulation.
Fully independent Front and Rear Suspension with all wheel disc brakes and adjustable coil over shocks.
Height adjustable steering column and pedal assembly.
Custom Herman Miller ™ Seats with adjustability of seat bottom angle, height and lumbar.
All Carbon Monocoque Chassis with Aluminum Honeycomb
All Carbon Body with Nomex Honeycomb
- Jaguar Straight 6 cylinder with triple SU or Weber Carburetor
- Jaguar V-12 Cylinder with triple SU or Weber Carburetor
- Fuel Injected Corvette LS3 V8 Engine
- Manual 5 Speed
- Manual 6 Speed (Corvette Engine only)
- Automatic 6 Speed (Corvette Engine only)
Weight: 2100 lbs"