of space and time
Some racing drivers dream of a fantasy car - a laid back driver becomes the chassis of the vehicle, with four wheels attached to the drivers shoulders and feet and a Grand Prix engine bolted to the drivers back. Four wheels, one engine and a driver. A vehicle that assaults the atmosphere and compresses space and time.
The Hyper Racer X1 is the realisation of that fantasy, with some practical additions to make it a reality.
The main addition was a safety pod for the driver. All components were mounted to the pod - to save drilling mounting holes in the driver. Minimalism was the key to the X1 design. If a component or part was not essential, it was removed. If one component could do two or three jobs, it does. Component packaging was kept low and central to minimise polar or rotational moments of inertia. Every component was selected or manufactured to add ‘lightness’.
X1 engineer Dean Crooke says, "The result is the purest, lightest, most driver-focused racing car you will ever drive."
At the affordable end of the racing world, the space frame chassis is a cost effective design reality, and if well designed, will provide the driver with a very strong safety cell.
And it's repairable.