Have you ever seen a look alike of a Formula 1 racing car zooming past you on the highway at an incredible speed and thought: “is that thing even legal on the roads”? To your surprise it most likely was since there is a whole class of super lightweight one or two seaters, that at times still require a helmet to be driven, but nevertheless even though barely meet the standards to qualify as road legal. Due to the unbelievable power to weight ratios, these cars are floating between classes and are showing performance comparable to sports and all the way to hyper cars.
Ultra light cars featured in this video:
Beast Alpha from Rezvani Motors: rezvanimotors.com/beast-alpha
Weighting less than 2000 lbs, the car can spring to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds. Its heart is a 2.5 liter 400 hp supercharged Rezvani racing engine and 6-speed manual transmission. The car has a removable top and Rezvani trademark SideWinger doors that give Beast Alpha its astonishing one of a kind look. Padded leather seats, powerful LED lights, and AppleCar Play make driving the Alpha Beast even more comfortable.
Lotus 3-11: lotuscars.com/3-eleven
The 3-Eleven is lightweight racer. With a 3.5 liter 400 hp V6 engine and 2039 lb weight, the car accelerates to 60 mph in 3.3 seconds and can reach a top speed of 174 mph. The power-weight ratio is a solid 443 hp per ton. 3-Eleven is the fastest Lotus car for road use. Its price starts from $110,000.
Vanderhall Venice: vanderhallusa.com/venice/
Created by a startup Utah based company, the Venice weights 1375 lb and has a power output of 180hp. A 1.4-liter 4 cylinder turbocharged engine with a 6 speed automatic transmission send the Venice to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds, which is more than needed for a small roofless two-seater. Available in four colors, the Venice is also moderately priced at $29,500.
Zenos E10R: zenoscars.com/e10r/
E10R is the fastest, high-performance car ever produced by the British start-up brand, Zenos. The car weights 1545lb and has an output of 350 hp and torque of 350 lb-ft. With an outstanding power-to-weight ratio of 500hp/ton, it demonstrates astonishing race car qualities, the acceleration to 60 mph in 3 seconds and the top speed of 155 mph.
Caterham Seven 620R: uk.caterhamcars.com/cars/seven-620r
Weighting only 1261 lb and having 314 hp under the hood, the car jumps to 60 mph in less than 3 seconds and has 575hp per ton power-weight ratio. To outperform the legendary Caterham R500, the Seven 620R was given with the same 2.0-liter Ford Duratec engine, which was, however, supercharged.
KTM X-Bow GT: ktm.com/fr/x-bow/x-bow-gt/
KTM claims that the 1900 lb X-Bow GT produces 285 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque and can hit 60 mph from 0 in 4.1 seconds. Both the 4-cylinder, 4-stroke engine and six-speed manual transmission were created by Audi but were tweaked by the KTM to fit the GT perfectly. The price is not cheap as it nears $ 100,000.
BAC Mono: bac-mono.com
The power output is incredible 309 horses with the weight of just 1276 lbs, resulting in power-weight ratio of 532 horses per ton, that is higher than the ratio of many super cars. With nearly instantaneous torque of 227 lb-ft 0-60 sprint could be completed in 2.8 sec and you can expect the 2.5 naturally aspirated 4 cylinder Mountune to cook 170 miles per hour top speed.
Donkervoort D8 GTO-RS: donkervoort.com/en/cars/donkervoort-d8-gto-rs/
It comes with a legendary Audi 2.5 Liter R5 TFSI that was tweaked to meet all of the current environmental standards and to produce improved torque. The resulting output is 385 horsepower and 368 lb-ft of torque. For a car that weighs just 1529 lbs, this is more than enough, so expect to hit 60 in 2.7 seconds and the speed will be maxed out only at 175 mph.
Vuhl 05 and 05 RR: vuhl05.com
Vuhl 05 comes with a 2.0-litre Ford Ecoboost producing 289 hp and 310lb ft of torque. A six speed manual tranny is connected to the engine and the overall weight of the vehicle is 1540 lbs. However, to the delight of car fans an even more powerful version of VUHL exists and it is a 05 RR that weighs 130 lbs less boasts of 385 hp, 500 lb-ft torque and 158 mph top speed.
Elemental RP1: elementalcars.co.uk/the-rp1/
The scales under RP1 would show 1276 lbs but this skinny roadster does not lack the power. The more humble modification with a 1 litre three cylinder Ecoboost packs 182 horses, while the stronger more intriguing 2.0 Ecoboost shows 324 hp and 236 lb-ft output. The highest trim is promised to reach 60 in 2.8 seconds, 100 mph in 6.4 sec and the top speed is 165 mph.
RXC Turbo 600R: radicalsportscars.com/news/radical-unleashes-rxc-turbo-600r-2000th-20th-anniversary-car/
RXC Turbo 600R weighs 2500 lbs is equipped with a 3.5 Liter Ford EcoBoost V6 engine capable of 659 horsepower yield. The driver would experience 1.9G lateral force while accelerating to 60 mph in just 2.7 seconds, and reaching the 180 mph max speed.