• Jan 20th 2007 at 6:44PM
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Over the past few years, it's become apparent that Colin Chapman's philosophy of speed through lightweight is not exclusive to the marque he helped to establish. The Ariel Atom seems to have garnered the most press recently, but a host of other minimalist, four-wheeled track toys are beginning to populate this uber-niche segment.

This latest addition is the RoadRazer, which at first glance seems to have more in common with a gravity racer than a piece of F1 inspired kit. Once you pull away the scorched orange paint, you'll be greeted with the telltale weave of carbon fiber, along with an aluminum honeycomb monocoque. Because of the extensive use of these lightweight materials, the RoadRazer barely tips the scales at 660 pounds.

While other manufacturers have opted to utilize engines from production automobiles, the RoadRazer crew looked towards the superbike world for motivation. A 180 HP, 1.3-liter Suzuki mill, pulled from the Hayabusa, resides behind the driver and his reluctant passenger. Gear selection is handled via steering wheel mounted paddles that link up to a six-speed sequential gearbox. With that much power, that many revs and about half the mass of an Atom, 60 MPH will come up in three seconds dead. Judging by the specs, there's little evidence to dispute that claim.

Although pricing hasn't been revealed, when we reported on the RoadRazer back in September, the sum of £49,000 (about $95k+) was being bandied about. We got some pricing straight from the source, and a turnkey example of the Razor will go for £35,000 (plus VAT) and £19,900 (plus VAT) for the Razor as a kit (minus the motorcycle parts and paint).

Follow the jump for a promotional video of the RoadRazer and be sure to check out the gallery.

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      • 8 Years Ago
      that was the worst promotional video i've ever seen
      so.....does the car actually go over 30mph? the video was not convincing to me
      • 8 Years Ago
      $95,000?! This thing is cool but way, way ... way over-priced. I'll stick with the Superbike, thanks.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Besides being less attractive and more expensive, the razor doesn't look to be remotely street legal. I'll take an Atom for when the sun shines and spend the difference on a WRX for those days it doesn't, thank you very much.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I'm still waiting for a track machine like this that costs in the range of a small car. I'm still wondering can't the motorcycle companies offer something like this. Take those nice 600/650/700cc mills and put four wheels around it rather than two.

      Yes, I know the answer is that with the fact that something like this couldn't be street-legal and makes the market too small for them to consider mass production, but damnit, I want something fun to take to the track...safer than getting a motorcycle, but not as expensive as kitting out a car for track use (which still won't be quite as fun). Karting is the nearest thing, but you're generally stuck to karting tracks. A guy can dream...
      • 8 Years Ago
      The real replacement for a superbike is VW's GX3 concept. It even has motorbike parts. I can't believe it wasn't even mentioned in this article.

      • 8 Years Ago
      I would soooo wrap that around a telephone pole.

      • 8 Years Ago
      What kind of half-assed video is that? Where is someone beating the crap out of it on the track. My first thought when John Nielsen got in it was, "Why is he not wearing a helmet?"

      I'll take an Exige, please.
      • 8 Years Ago
      That thing would be wickedly fun to drive, but the body needs alot of TLC.
      • 8 Years Ago
      • 8 Years Ago
      its not too fun having your body make up part of the aerodynamics. i like enclosed work spaces. the only time i like working outside is on my yard.
      • 8 Years Ago
      my mint condition 2000 cbr929 120 wheel horse power & under 400lbs with a full tank of gas... $5200

      how could you ever justify $95,000 for the same kind of performance??
      • 8 Years Ago
      What do you suppose is the actual cost of producing such a beast? A Hayabusa engine goes for about $1900 or so. I'm not sure what 660lbs of carbon fiber and a hell of a lot of engineering go for though.
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