Video: New Zealand’s hypercar hits the track for the first time

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Powered by a twin-turbo V10 engine, the Rodin FZERO sounds fast even when it’s at a crawl – but its creators have sky-high ambitions for the hypercar.

Little-known New Zealand-based race-car manufacturer Rodin Cars has shared the first glimpse of its hypercar driving on a circuit – setting its sights on the Formula One-derived Mercedes-AMG One and Aston Martin Valkyrie.

Rodin Cars might not be a recognisable name, those who have a keen interest in the junior ranks leading to Formula One would have noticed the firm’s name on Kiwi Liam Lawson’s Formula 2 car.

The company also made headlines earlier this year when it announced its bid to join the Formula One paddock in 2025 was unsuccessful.

Despite the setback, Rodin hasn’t rested on its laurels, instead continuing development of the FZERO – a track-only, closed-cockpit machine which looks like the Batmobile but could be as fast as an open-wheel racer.

The Rodin FZERO is powered by a bespoke twin-turbo 4.0-litre V10 engine, producing 755kW and 700Nm – propelling the car to a claimed top speed of 360km/h.

However, straight-line speed is not the FZERO’s main focus, with its wild body developing significant downforce thanks to its “no rules allowed” design philosophy.

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For now, Rodin is tight-lipped about its expectations for the FZERO, though the company claims it will be able to challenge the Aston Martin Valkyrie, Gordon Murray T.50 and Mercedes-AMG One – a trio of hypercars designed with heavy influences from Formula One.

The Rodin FZERO’s track debut follows the FZED, an open-wheel and open-cockpit Formula One-style car based heavily on the Lotus T125.

Both cars were designed and developed on New Zealand’s south island at a purpose-built facility near Mount Lyford – about two hours north of Christchurch.

Rodin also plans to display its twin-turbo V10 engine – known as the RC.TEN – at the Performance Racing Industry Show in Indianapolis later this month, later offering the engine as a ‘crate’ purchase.

Jordan Mulach is Canberra/Ngunnawal born, currently residing in Brisbane/Turrbal. Joining the Drive team in 2022, Jordan has previously worked for Auto Action, MotorsportM8, The Supercars Collective and TouringCarTimes, WhichCar, Wheels, Motor and Street Machine. Jordan is a self-described iRacing addict and can be found on weekends either behind the wheel of his Octavia RS or swearing at his ZH Fairlane.

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