The Rodin Cars FZero is on its journey toward production readiness, hitting a significant milestone as it enters track testing. The audacious hypercar from the New Zealand-based manufacturer is making waves with its recent track debut.
Development of this futuristic track machine is currently underway at Rodin’s production facility near Mount Lyford village on New Zealand’s South Island. Progress has reached a stage where a prototype of the vehicle is undergoing rigorous testing on the facility’s purpose-built tracks. While Rodin has kept performance figures under wraps, the company shared a video of a recent test run on its YouTube channel.
The footage confirms the vehicle’s striking design, aligning perfectly with the outlandish renderings revealed alongside the car’s announcement last year. It also showcases the thunderous growl emanating from its V-10 engine. Although the car doesn’t appear to be reaching high speeds in the video, one can only anticipate the sensational sound it will produce when pushed to its limits.
Positioned as a competitor to the likes of the Aston Martin Valkyrie and Mercedes-AMG One, the FZero houses what Rodin describes as a “revolutionary” twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-10 engine, the RC.TEN. This engine, developed in-house, boasts construction from 3D-printed titanium and carbon-fiber composites. Coupled with an electric motor, it’s projected to deliver up to 1,000 horsepower and 516 ft-lbs of torque, boasting an impressive redline of 9,500 rpm. With such power, Rodin anticipates its forthcoming hypercar to achieve a top speed of 223 mph.
As remarkable as the FZero’s performance is its aesthetic appeal. The ultra-aerodynamic design draws comparisons to the Batmobile featured in Tim Burton’s iconic Batman movies. Sporting a carbon-fiber body with prominent front and rear fenders, a bubble cockpit, and a substantial rear wing, it exudes an aura of power. Adorned in black and gold, the hypercar’s design sparks reminiscent echoes of the Caped Crusader’s vehicle.
While Rodin has yet to disclose the production schedule or pricing details, it’s evident from the recent video that further refinement is needed before the hypercar is market-ready. Speculation from Top Gear suggests a potential starting price around £1.8 million (approximately $2.25 million).