Not a lot of people understand the hard work it takes to build a car, let alone one that develops 500 horsepower and hits 200 mph at the drop of a hat. But the people over at Sin Cars understand what it takes to hit these levels of performance. That’s why the company has succeeded in building a special supercar called the R1.
For what it’s worth, the R1 supercar looks like one and performs like one too. It doesn’t boast of the most ostentatious design you’ll see, but it’s got the styling credentials to be looked at as a race-ready machine capable of throwing down with the best of them.
But that’s what makes the R1 impressive: it was made by young designers with plenty of experience in motorsport racing. The combined knowledge and understanding of the industry made this supercar what it is now and that’s a credit to the folks who worked hours on end to see this project through.
Click past the jump to read more about the Sin R1.
Sin Cars believes that its cars should be designed like LEGO toys, a strange basis if there ever was one. The Sin R1 does have some LEGO spirit in it, although by the looks of it, you don’t really see it and go "wow" based on its design.
To be fair, there’s a lot of "supercar-ness" to it: the swooping hood, the sharp angular nose, the raised arches, the flat body, the cockpit-style cabin and, of course, that adjustable rear wing. However, when we compare it to the design of the exotics we’ve seen recently from all these design houses, the R1 looks a little, shall we say, pedestrian.
It’s lightweight at just 1,200 kg (2,645) and the 60:40 weight distribution gives it enough balance to handle well in high speeds, but for the most part, we’ve seen plenty of other super cars have the same design look to them that’s similar to the R1.
The interior SIN R1 is relatively simple, so expect little in the way of fine luxury. The positioning is geared towards pure racing fun, which explains the presence of an FIA roll cage, racing seats, and a racing steering wheel and luggage space on the front end, seeing as the engine is neatly positioned just behind the seats.
The Sin R1 carries a devilish power train in the form of a GM-sourced, 6.2-liter LS3 V-8 engine that packs 525 horsepower with an estimated 500 pound-feet of torque in it. This GM powerplant links to a Graziano six-speed manual transmission that sends power to the rear wheels. With its low weight, the R1 has no problem hitting 62 mph at a reported 2.5 seconds with top speed expected to hit 200 mph once its fully stretched its legs.
- BS4 T45 to BS5 T100 ProFormance Metals space frame with FIA homologation
- Central engine position
- Graziano 6 speed manual H-pattern gearbox;
- GM LS3 6.2L V8 engine prodcucing 525 PS;
- Wheels – Braid 10X19" front, 12x19"rear;
- AP Racing brake system 362 mm front /rear racing calipers;
- Appr. Weight 1200 kg;
- Appr. Weight ratio 40/60;
- TITAN steering rack;
- OMP Interior Accessories;
No word yet on pricing so at the moment, we’ll all have to sit tight until Sin Motors has the numbers for us.
Considering the nature of the Sin R1 as a niche supercar that was built for a specific, albeit race-loving market, the market for a competition isn’t all that plenty. If there was one - or two - you can take a look at another recently introduced exotic: the Korress Project 4.
This one comes by way of Greece and is the brainchild of Dimitris Korres, a Greek architect and inventor who just so happens to also have a passion for fast-moving vehicles on four wheels. Unlike the R1, the Project 4 does have its own unique look, particularly the beefed up rear that looks like the Hulk’s broad shoulders.Plus, it’s got a a 7.0-liter naturally aspirated engine powering it, one that’s capable of producing 505 horsepower and about 550 pound-feet of torque, good enough to accelerate it from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.8 seconds with a top speed of 186 mph.
Gallery Korres Project 4
We’re never going to slight somebody who wants to build a supercar. That’s why we like what Sin Cars is trying to accomplish with the R1 supercar. The only problem we have is that we see a lot more potential with this vehicle, especially on the aesthetic front.
The engine gets good vibes from us, but if Sin Cars tweaks some elements on how the car looks and makes it a little less, well, "mainstream-looking", then we can definitely see the R1 taking its act to the road and reminding everyone just how devilish this bad boy can really be.
- Built with love
- Impressive power
- Lightweight means faster off the block
- Could’ve looked more exotic
- Bare interior
- No production details