Remember the defunct Lotus T125 project that attempted to bring F1-like performance to the wealthy track day enthusiast back in 2010? Well, it turns out all the work from that Bahar-era programme has not been entirely wasted, because New Zealand company Rodin has used it to create this new FZed single seater. The 675hp track day machine is finished and can actually be ordered now for USD $615,000 excluding taxes (so about £607k with VAT), meaning it’s about £143k cheaper than the likes of Porsche’s 935. Bargain.
That being said, the FZed is more concerned with rivalling second-hand single seaters than limited-run track hypercars like Stuttgart’s GT2 RS-based beast. Rodin claims that unlike an old F1 or GP2 car, the FZed has been designed with ease of use as a priority so it won’t require a Masters in mechanical engineering to be started up. The Cosworth GPV8 3.8-litre, for example, has links to the 2.4-litre eight that powered the old Lotus F1 car but its larger capacity and 12,000rpm rev limit means the components are considerably less stressed. The engine can run on 98 RON fuel for up to 3,000 miles between rebuilds.
The whole car only weighs 589kg, thanks largely to the use of carbon composites and aluminium in its construction, along with the obvious benefits in packaging for a thoroughbred single seater. The monocoque chassis and powertrain, which includes a paddle-operated Ricardo six-speed sequential gearbox, are joined structural components, meaning rigidity is comparable to a true racing car without the need for additional strengthening. The rest of the ingredients are equally as convincing; there are Ohlins four-way adjustable dampers and OZ Racing wheels wrapped in Avon slicks, as well as adjustable flaps on those previous era F1-influenced body panels
With a power-to-weight ratio of 1,146hp (even more than the bonkers V8-powered Seven we Spotted over the weekend!), Rodin claims that the car can accelerate from 0-62mph in 2.9 seconds and has a top speed of about 186mph, but that’s obviously dependent on the car’s aerodynamic setup. Nevertheless, the main draw for the T125-related FZed will likely be its hyper-reactivity and aerodynamic performance. If you’re the sort that has considerably more than half a million quid to splash on a track day toy, the temptation to experience some serious downforce must be quite the pull factor. Although if you’re feeling brave, there’s always this ex-Sato Jordan with an F3000 engine for £225k to provide similar thrills…