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SPIED! A light roadster is born

2011-10-19 11:43

WALLPAPER CAR: The Roding Roadster will make its debut in 2012. Image gallery.

The guys behind Roding Automobiles are about to debut a roadster - a two-seater, mid-engined sports car with a carbon-fibre chassis and a powerful turbocharged six-cylinder engine.

It's capable of more 223kW and 400Nm and drives through a six-speed manual transmission.

LIGHT DESIGN

The essence of lightweight construction is the concentration on only what is necessary and the application of modern materials. The main chassis cell is made of carbon-fibre reinforced plastic, the sub-frames are aluminium-CFRP hybrid structures.
 
Professor Klaus Drechsler of Munich Technical University says the technology behind the roadster shows what is possible through using light materials. "The Roding shows how it is possible," he said, "to make ideal use of light potentials in the vehicle with the fibre bond-appropriate design. The technologies used clear the way for the structural use of fibre bond materials in the major series."
 
In combination with a sporty mixed tyre compound, which can also be optionally fitted as a semi-slick, the rear axle always remains easy to control, despite the high engine performance. In addition, the shock-absorbers and the fully independent, double-wishbone suspension can be adapted to road or track or individually adjusted by the driver.

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