RE: Vandal One track car launched with 1,009hp/ton

RE: Vandal One track car launched with 1,009hp/ton

Wednesday 13th February

Vandal One track car launched with 1,009hp/ton

American-made single seater has been designed to give Lewis Hamilton's F1 car a run for its money



What do you get when you provide a team of ex-McLaren, Lotus, Lola and Mazda engineers with a free reign to create something bonkers? A 1,009hp per ton Formula 1-aping track car, apparently. That’s certainly what’s happened at Vandal Cars, where an all-carbon fibre single seater called the One has been produced using the sort of technical layout that’s normally reserved for thoroughbred racers.

At the heart of the One is a Honda-sourced 2.0-litre turbocharged engine putting out 560hp – yes, seriously – from its four-cylinders. It has been extensively modified, obviously, with forged internals, a bigger turbo and more powerful injectors, among many other things, and is now claimed to rev to 9,100rpm. If that’s too much, there is also an ‘entry’ level version which has to make do with 340hp.


So impressive is the American-made machine that the 280hp per litre engine is far from the most interesting thing about it. The chassis is a proper carbon fibre monocoque that’s bolted directly to the engine and Sadev six-speed sequential gearbox that sit behind, making one long stressed structure. F1 stuff, indeed. It’s got a full survival cell and FIA-spec impact protection, too. 

Then there’s a flat-plane floor, like an LMP1 car, pushrod suspension and all carbon bodywork. It’s so snug and aero-focused that the radiators have had to be laid either side of the driver at a steeply raked angle so they fit. The car’s package is finished with a set of slick tyres, an enormous front wing embedded into the nose and a dominating fixed rear wing. It sits above a diffuser of a similarly impressive scale.


So effective is the combination of wings, scoops and intakes that the One is claimed to generate over 800kg of downforce – more than enough to theoretically allow it to succeed at the old drive on the roof of a tunnel trick, normally a bragging right exclusive to F1 cars and those of a similar ilk. Keep things the right way up and the One is said to be capable of 3G’s worth of lateral force. That’s a whole G more than the McLaren P1, by the way.

Production of this Radical and BAC Mono rival’s core bits takes place in North Carolina before the body is fitted Michigan. Vandal says its cars, the first of which should be completed in a few months, are due to be exported globally, although it’s only provided a US base price of $119,700 before taxes, which equates to about £93k. Slap VAT on that and you’re still only in Porsche 911 GT3 territory, which, given the technical makeup and performance on offer, makes it seem a bit like a bargain. Don’t you agree?


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gigglebug

Original Poster:

996 posts

61 months

Wednesday 13th February
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It looks the business if nothing else. Is there anything else at the projected price point that offers the same level of all round performance?

mrclav

748 posts

162 months

Wednesday 13th February
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Unlike many other cars showcased on here, I get the feeling this one will actually make it out there into the real world...

What a machine!

Galsia

1,912 posts

129 months

Wednesday 13th February
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Looks like a great car but what an awful name for a car company.

Sandpit Steve

124 posts

13 months

Wednesday 13th February
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That looks awesome, a cross between an F1 and LMP1 car, rather like the old Audi Le Mans winner. Hope it drives as well too, the world is a much better place for mad people making cars like this beerclap

unsprung

2,678 posts

63 months

Wednesday 13th February
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mrclav said:
Unlike many other cars showcased on here, I get the feeling this one will actually make it out there into the real world...
+1


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ben5575

1,772 posts

160 months

Wednesday 13th February
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I was reading through it thinking, wait for it, wait for it, ridiculous £300k price tag ahead, then £97k + etc. That almost sounds reasonable.

What's a top spec Radical cost these days?

And 560bhp from 2l clap

crofty1984

13,071 posts

143 months

Wednesday 13th February
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I like it! And the name.

Mackofthejungle

813 posts

134 months

Wednesday 13th February
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Looks achievable, so I don't doubt they'll build a few. The Mono was a cracking little thing too.. I like.

I honestly don't know why there aren't many (any?) cars on sale which are half way between this and a real car.. This is just a chassis with a few panels stuck on. Why not a chassis with a little roof, a heater and a lockable door? It's the essence of supercar is it not?! Anyone?! It's like, all the people that are interested in making something like that are doing it in a shed with a screwdriver, and all the people "properly" designing with CAD are busy making sure their tail light designs are mimicked in their company urinal cakes. Anyway..

Centurion07

7,033 posts

186 months

Wednesday 13th February
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rofl That's insane. Just a shame they couldn't have squeezed space for a passenger in there somewhere. Not as much fun when you have no-one alongside you to scare. biggrin

annodomini2

5,725 posts

190 months

Wednesday 13th February
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F1 car ~1100bhp (with ERS)

F1 car ~702kg

= 1566 bhp/ton

E65Ross

22,049 posts

151 months

Wednesday 13th February
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Looks good....although "can pull 3G of lateral force" and "give Lewis Hamilton's car a run" doesn't compute. 3G is impressive, but it's nowhere near F1 levels.

Lordbenny

7,201 posts

158 months

Wednesday 13th February
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Wouldn’t you rather have this and £35,000 in your pocket? I know I would...

It’s a Lola F3000 by the way...and it’s also not road legal...and it has fag advertising on it...no brainer!


GroundEffect

11,227 posts

95 months

Wednesday 13th February
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annodomini2 said:
F1 car ~1100bhp (with ERS)

F1 car ~702kg

= 1566 bhp/ton
More like 950BHP and 728kg. Still, stupendous performance...if not quite where they were in 2005 with 605kg and 900BHP.

bobo79

145 posts

88 months

Wednesday 13th February
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Looks like an ex McNish or Comas Lola from 1990. Only issue will be getting a track day to run it in. It would be a very noisy bd. And obviously run slicks smile but it would destroy pretty much any more conventional track toy.

roland82

222 posts

154 months

Wednesday 13th February
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It makes me think of the Capero T1 -- although I know that was meant to be road legal. Hopefully it works out better than that.

Lordbenny

7,201 posts

158 months

Wednesday 13th February
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bobo79 said:
Looks like an ex McNish or Comas Lola from 1990. Only issue will be getting a track day to run it in. It would be a very noisy bd. And obviously run slicks smile but it would destroy pretty much any more conventional track toy.
You’re good!

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noble12345

283 posts

155 months

Wednesday 13th February
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Looks great, hopefully the turbo lag isnt too bad, bound to sound insane! clap Look forward to some driving reviews!


Maldini35

1,949 posts

127 months

Thursday 14th February
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Lordbenny said:
Wouldn’t you rather have this and £35,000 in your pocket? I know I would...

It’s a Lola F3000 by the way...and it’s also not road legal...and it has fag advertising on it...no brainer!

I love a track special and this looks superb but I have to agree, once a trailer is required a proper race car makes more sense at this money.



midenginedcoupe

4,105 posts

71 months

Thursday 14th February
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But is it a road car or a track car? The article title and slick tyres say “track”, but

article said:
It’s claimed to be the first road car with a full survival cell and FIA-spec impact protection, too.
Surely it can’t be true that PH’s hack didn’t even fully read the press release before re-pasting on here?

Macboy

395 posts

144 months

Thursday 14th February
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Elemental RP1...blah blah....Vuhl blah blah...Revolution...blah blah. So much good intention and engineering know-how, so few customers and commercial understanding.