In a perfect world, every vehicle would do everything well. In reality, the Ford SVT Raptor will tear up desert landscapes like no other production truck, but it will also struggle to grip the tarmac at a racetrack. In the same vein, it would be foolish to take a Porsche 911 GT3 dune jumping. The folks at Rage beg to differ and made a vehicle that they claim is as good on a racetrack as it is off-road: the Comet R (R200RT).

XCAR recently drove the Comet R to see if it really is the dual-nature beast Rage claims it is, and it didn't disappoint. First off, it's fast. The Comet R has the 200-horsepower, four-cylinder motor from the Kawasaki ZZR1400 motorcycle; it accelerates from 0-60 miles per hour in about 3.5 seconds, according to XCAR. Looking more like an off-road buggy than anything else, the Comet R isn't an exercise in design, but purely in function. That is, it functions amazingly well sideways at a racetrack, and perhaps even better in an off-road environment. Just slip on some off-road wheels and tires and make some suspension adjustments, and it'll tackle unforgiving terrain and take jumps with the ferocity of a Trophy Truck. In the UK, at least, it is also road legal, so it can be driven to and from track days without having to be towed.

See for yourself how the Comet R handles all types of terrain in the video we included below.


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      mitytitywhitey
      • 1 Year Ago
      I know it's been beaten to death, but there is no reason why all 4-wheeled vehicles need airbags, and that most states shouldn't allow this type of thing to be legal in the US. If we allow motorcycles... we should allow consumers to accept the risk of 4-wheeled cars that don't have airbags. Seriously, this ridiculousness has been going on for far too many decades.
        BipDBo
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mitytitywhitey
        But we have to protect those people who are too stupid to wear seat belts. Our big brother is just looking out for what's best for us.
        mitytitywhitey
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mitytitywhitey
        Especially since we want vehicles that get ~0 emissions and 500 mile range. Lightweight is a no-brainer for performance cars. No super car should have to be saddled with all the safety crap that makes it heavy and uneconomical. Supercar owners are literally looking for a thrill... so either ban all thrills or allow this medium-danger car (far less dangerous than a crotch rocket, only slightly more than a Lotus Elise), to be legal on the roads.
      Whitaker Behrens
      • 1 Year Ago
      If they'd built it with 4wd it'd probably be a decent trails rig too... Still cool as is. But would've been better with 4wd
      bootsnchaps60
      • 1 Year Ago
      Looks like a King Midget on steroids.
      WillieD
      • 1 Year Ago
      I can imagine how much fun it would be to have one of these. If only I was loaded...
      • 1 Year Ago
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      imag
      • 1 Year Ago
      Seriously awesome. Would love to run it around town and take in on the Baja 1000.
      groingo
      • 1 Year Ago
      Impressive, even off road there were no fenders flapping in the wind, no lights falling off, it is clearly well built to be sure!
      Trent
      • 1 Year Ago
      How much?