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Race car maker launches its first ever road car, the Inverter

Race car maker Reynard has launched its first road car: the Inverter.

The Reynard Inverter passed its IVA-approval test for cars produced as one-offs or in very low volume first time, meaning it can now be fitted with number plates and registered for use on the road.

See official pics of the Reynard Inverter

The Indy 500-winning constructor will build the car in both right- and left-hand drive; prices start at £35,000 and it can be supplied in either kit car or turn-key form.

Powering the lightweight 440kg track car is a 180bhp Fireblade engine. The Inverter’s slippery shape was developed in an F1-spec wind tunnel and it’s capable of producing 1200kg of downforce, thanks to its large fixed rear wing. Drivers can sustain more than 3.00g while cornering.

Reynard wants the Inverter to put an end to one-make race series, which it describes as “overpriced monopolies, devoid of engineering innovation, diversity, and creativity”.

Instead it plans the Inverter to be an open source design; it will allow the car and its components' design to be viewed online, so anyone can manufacturer and design their own parts at a lower cost.

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beachland2 12 August 2010

Re: Reynard's 440kg road car

i know what i'm doing, i just didnt say it very well.

what i meant was, raynard have already raised the car to make it for the road, it would be a lot lower if it was track spec. so what i am saying is that as the car is raised, anyway of making it lower again while at speed is going to increase downforce and performance.

road speed is irelevent, they can design the wings to lower to their maximum at 60/70mph under load. also the ride height of the car itself can be lowered with flexible floor.

there is a front wing see the photos.

the rear wing can also flex to increase downforce at 60mph.

having these systems can make the car have much higher performance at road speeds on the road. and it becomes much more track orientated as well with out the extra work for the driver to manual adjust and swap parts for a track day to make it lower, the car will do the hard work automatically.

Walking 12 August 2010

Re: Reynard's 440kg road car

uk_supercar_fan wrote:
How does raising the ride height but having wings "bend down" make the aero more efficient?
I am not a designer either but the trick in F1 is that the front wing has to be at least a certain height from the ground. By being flexible when moving the wing drops below this height and creates more down force. The point I think beachland is trying to make is for a road car you would want good clearance at low speed for speed bumps then less at higher speeds for better grip. The new Ferrari has a flexible front wing but I think this is geared to aero and cooling rather than ground clearance. Whether this particular car would benefit from flexible front wings maybe the open source will uncover.

amble 12 August 2010

Re: Reynard's 440kg road car

Looks like loads of fun but that's a very silly name, how do you fancy telling people you drive an inverter?