• Oct 21, 2010
Roding Roadster spy shots – Click above for high-res image gallery

Yikes. It doesn't matter if you've never heard of Roding, the company responsible for this lightweight 'Ring-runner, there's no getting around the fact it's quite unattractive. Our trusty spy photographers recently spotted a prototype for Roding's next track-ready creation, and while its performance specs make us raise an eyebrow of intrigue, its appearance makes us want to wash our eyes with heavy-duty soap.

You don't have to look at it while you drive, though, and what the roadster lacks in beauty it certainly makes up for in performance. Underneath the 2,100-pound carbon fiber shell lies a turbocharged six-cylinder engine good for around 300 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque running through a six-speed manual transmission. Not only will this little hellion be ultra quick off the line, it's said to be able to reach 1.4 gs in the corners.

The production version of this car will reportedly be unveiled sometime in early 2011, with a limited-production run of 23 cars going on sale in June. Scroll through our high-res gallery of spy shots below, if you dare.

[Source: CarPix]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      Call me crazy but I like it. It's "ugliness" is more like "uniqueness" to me.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Nowhere near as ugly as that new Panoz though.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It doesn't look like a product crafted by engineers or styled by designers, maybe by owners who think they are.
      • 4 Years Ago
      that's definitely aerodynamic ...


      or is it ?
      • 4 Years Ago
      What's it made of? Legos?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks definitely like a Fiat Bertone X1/9
      • 4 Years Ago
      What has been seen, can not be unseen...

      Luckily by the same token, you can't unfeel things. 1.4gs in cornering? Nifty. Function is supposed to dictate form in the best of the breed, and if this delivers, the cabin view might overlook the abortion of a body style which covers the outside. 23 examples guarantee that the general public won't care though. If they sell all of them, and they run well...

      I guess they win win. Haters gonna hate
      • 4 Years Ago
      I don't give a damn what it looks like. 300hp? 2100lbs? 1.4g? Sign me up! The truly hardcore among us know that it's what's on the inside that counts.

      The fact that it's ugly is actually a plus for me. That way, there would be no doubt that I didn't buy it to pick up chicks.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is an excellent strategy. By blinding the competition, this car will never lose a race. Genius.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I like it, looks like a Lotus 7 and a 1st generation Toyota MR2 got together.
      • 3 Years Ago
      sister kissin' type of ugly.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Nope. Ugly had no problem catching up to it.
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