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RSC Raptor GT – Click above for image gallery

Based on the photo above, you might think that you're looking at some version of the Ferrari 599. You'd be wrong, though, as this is actually a specially-built rotary supercar from an independent German manufacturer known as – you ready for this? – Rotary Super Cars.

Underneath what appears to be replicated fiberglass and carbon fiber Fiorano bodywork sits a four-rotor Wankel engine developed by RSC with parts sourced from that other House of Rotor, Mazda. The supercar is projected to offer four levels of trim including S, RS, RSR and N-Spec, featuring single or twin turbochargers with output ranging from 500 metric horsepower all the way up to 1,200. An in-house eight-speed sequential transmission is also part of the package, along with active aerodynamics and suspension, electronic differential and a carbon-aluminum driveshaft, making its resemblance to its Maranello counterpart (rotary engine notwithstanding) more than passing.

Inside, the RSC Raptor GT is also said to feature a pair of seven-inch digital displays coupled with a five-inch tachometer, gear indicator and shift lights, the entire package supposedly weighing in at a claimed 2,425 pounds. RSC also plans an all-wheel drive, mid-engine project with similar specs, which seems like a lot to bite off while they still appear to be chewing on this one. But in the meantime you can check out the trio of renderings in the gallery below and the press release after the jump.

[Source: Rotary Supercars via World Car Fans]
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RSC Raptor GT

Rotary Super Cars Germany is a young company with the goal of offering symbiosis of high performance vehicles and active environment to create new benchmarks in the areas, power efficiency, value for money or the use of high-tech materials.

Since there is no vehicle that meets all these requirements, the construction of the RSC Raptor GT™ started in 2009. Systems such as the VAS (variable aerodynamic system) were developed and brought to small series production. This vehicle meets all requirements or exceed them. With enthusiasm and passion of our team involved in the development and production of the Raptor GT™. We guarantee the best workmanship and highest individuality. The selective use of proven components increases the active/passive safety while reducing production costs, which ultimately benefits every buyer.

With the Raptor GT™, we give our customers the opportunity to experience the unique combination of high end components and environmental protection on the roads and racetracks of the world. The Raptor GT™ doesn't follow the standard in many areas, he goes a very unique way with his drive and approach design. Each vehicle is handmade and unique, which corresponds exactly to the needs and wishes of the owner.

The RSC Raptor ™ GT S, RS, RSR and N-Spec does not have a conventional drive system as used in most of today's super sports cars. He has a self-developed and heavily modified, based on parts of the Mazda 13B MSP, high-performance engine with four rotors (4-Rotor rotary engine) and, depending on the model, a water-to-air intercooled turbo or biturbo system. This engine is the heart of the RSC Raptor GT™ and gives him his very special temperament. The power output of a rotary engine uniformly grows with increasing rpm. The high-performance engine in the RSC Raptor GT™ has the redline set depending on the selected driving mode, up to 7,500 rpm or 9000 rpm. The fuel E85 is used, which is produced from rapeseed. By using this fuel to reduce the emissions by about 90% is feasible.

The sequential 8-speed RSC R-SHIFT transmission in the RSC Raptor GT™ is controlled by a hydraulic shift system with shift times of 25-35 milliseconds. Furthermore, each RSC Raptor GT™ has a carbon-aluminum drive shaft, and an electronically controlled rear axle differential.

The powertrain is controlled by an engine management system, specifically developed from Bosch Engineering GmbH for the RSC Raptor GT™, including a complete electronic system consisting of ESP, ABS, EBD, VAS, R-TRAC (traction control), R-DIFF (electronic differential) and a Launch Control. The RSC Raptor GT™ RSR and N-Spec also has an active suspension. All electronic systems can be easily operated via the buttons on the steering wheel.

Depending on the model the body of the RSC Raptor GT™ is of 80% glass fiber or carbon fiber and differs in details in the form and aerodynamics. Furthermore a wide range of special equipment is available. Starting with the rims, complete body equipment packages up to the painting - the customer has no limits.

The RSC Raptor GT™ also has the RSC VAS™ (Variable Aerodynamic System), a system that changes the aerodynamics and the aerodynamic properties of the RSC Raptor GT™ to generate more downforce at high speeds. This system include SBS (Speed Brake System).

The RSC Raptor GT™ has two 7" full-graphic-Diyplays, where various telemetry data such as speed, mileage, temperatures, pressures, and the chosen vehicle settings and many other data, are available. These displays create exciting visual effects that show the high-tech genes of the RSC Raptor GT™. They are placed on the left and right of the large 5" tachometer with digital gear indicator and shift light. The driver is always looking at the relevant information and driving a RSC Raptor GT™ becomes a special experience.

The cockpit offers an unique combination of high-quality materials like carbon fiber, brushed aluminum and various types of leather. Many interior equipment packages are available. There also no limits for the customer.

Production levels of the RSC Raptor GT range from the base 500 hp 2.6L 4 rotor rotary to 800 hp turbo and 1.200 hp twin turbo variants. The cars are built in Germany. They are available in left- and right-hand drive configuration.

The second car which is currently in the construction phase. The main facts: Mid-engine, AWD, 8-speed sequential RSC R-SHIFT transmission, RSC VAS, 90% carbon fiber, over 1.200 hp and a weight under 1.100 kg.
This car will set new benchmarks...

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      • 4 Years Ago
      Rotary huh? So will it have no torque and need to have it guts revved out every gear change, producing a horrible noise in the process?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think it is an awesome idea! I sure hope it is for real. I love that it is using the rotary, and not just another supercar body powered by an LSx.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yes, LSx in everything!!!!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I hope you're being sarcastic. Mazda wins one race, when LM teams had astronomical budgets and fairly unreliable cars, and you use that as an example of cost, reliability, and performance? Seeing that every other Le Mans race (overall and class) was won by a piston engine, does that make piston engine hundreds of times better than rotaries? Maybe, actually. There's a reason why LSx motors are as good as they are, or why porsche still runs a turbo flat six, or why Ford's been able to keep developing OHC V8's and put them into everything from supercars to limousines to HD trucks.

      Ask Katech what it costs to put together an engine for Pratt&Miller. Ask Mahle what it costs to put together an engine for Audi Sport for the R15. And ask them for their rebuild cycles (1000's of km for the C6.R engine, 10,000+km for the R15 engine). Then go ask ANY builder of rotaries to put together a twin turbo 4 rotor, and ask them what their projected costs and rebuild cycle would be. I expect you'll be surprised, or thoroughly frightened.

      I sincerely hope they scrap the 16X engine and move forward with an MZR-powered small sports car instead.
        • 4 Years Ago

        Sorry, but you can't discount the rotary just because pistons were in play for the rest of the LeMans. The rotary was banned under technicalities from racing again in the LeMans race.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The rotaries were banned because they wanted to "force" cooperation with the F1 engine formula(3.5NA), and promote their new class (WSC), not because the rotaries were technically superior.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Am I the only one who thinks they should put a Batman emblem on that car?
      • 4 Years Ago
      No, that really is just a photoshopped 599. Call me skeptical, but I highly doubt the validity of any of this. A very new company without any significant investment usually results in projects like this relegating themselves to fantasy land. Cool concept, however. I'm somewhat surprised nothing came of 3 and 4 rotor engines in the 90's.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Craig, sorry didn't realize winning 1 race 20 years ago with a race car qualifies you to make powerful reliable street cars.
        Why do you think mazda underpowered the rx8? Because the engine just can't handle the power on a daily basis.
        Let's be realistic rx7's had no longevity, cool car but anything with boost and actually driven hard is either rebuilt by now or in the junkyard.
        It was no better than my mitsu starion turbo, loved that car, but just because i loved it doesn't mean it wasn't a POS.
        Be realistic, the rotary is in fact junk.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Jcar302: actually, Mazda won the 24 hours of Le Mans with a rotary-engined car in 1991, which means your statement that a powerful yet reliable rotary engine isn't feasible is not right. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1991_24_Hours_of_Le_Mans
        • 4 Years Ago
        My skepticism comes from the "in-house transmission". There are far too many excellent transmissions from companies like ZF, Tremec and Borg-Warner to go and design your own. Its completely unnecessary and a huge waste of limited finances.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I've spent some time around rotary fanboys and you are right. No way in hell they are making reliable 500hp+ engines.
        Guys can't even get 300 reliable hp.

        The rotary concept is good, but that's it. Execution doesn't turn out the same way.

        Sorry guys, but for high hp situations, rotary engines are junk.
        Once i went to a rotary only track event (drag strip), never seen so much oil on the track.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It just makes emission regs harder to pass, and while the engine is still experimental Mazda needs to ensure it has the best chance of living until the next iteration comes around. If you were developing piston engines in the 1900s, would you be making engines with one or two pistons or would you be making V12s?
      • 4 Years Ago
      What a marvelous article about plans and renderings. I think we can go ahead and put this in the Ford GT90 file.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Hey hey hey, the GT90 was at least a built concept!
      • 4 Years Ago
      this seems a little wierd for several reasons, not least of which is calling a 1200HP rotary engine powered car a green revolution. that does not make sense.
      bitches be loco.
      • 4 Years Ago
      *clears throat*

      Nice vaporware. Stand in line next to mahindra, please.
      • 4 Years Ago
      SORRY BUT ....AMEMIA RE already do a car like this ...so this post its just IGNORANCE, sorry
      • 4 Years Ago
      This picture was taken on March 2010 at the Homestead-Miami Speedway and it is the black 599XX # 55, I was there and saw these pics on Flickr. If they can't do a proper render of a car I doubt they can do a 1200 hp rotary, I call BS.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Evaporated apex seals anyone?
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Elmo, thank you for being so very literal and not seeing that I was only implying failure after repeated heavy use, but hey you're my intellectual superior so you'd understand better than I.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Apex seals are made out liquid? I mean that's the only way they would evaporate.

        That just shows the extent of your knowledge on rotaries. Apex seals only fail if you overboost the engine, and that's only stock. They have aftermarket apex seals made out of composite materials that can withstand a lot more than a stock apex seal can.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Great seeing someone recognize the individuality of a rotary. I'm sick of just another new brand making another supercar. That is honestly boring. Seeing this is cool since it's obviously different. I can't wait to hear more about these monsters. Too bad Mazda couldn't do some good rotary power with the RX.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Sooooo... does it come with replacement apex seals!?!?

        I kid I kid!
        • 4 Years Ago
        This isn't real! That's a CHOP. Photoshopped photo of a 599 and little more. This entire post is a fantasy.
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