First launched in 2008, Roding Automobile is a German automaker that presented an alternative sports car, presumably aimed for hipster auto enthusiasts who preferred going against the grain with their performance car choices. Thus, the two-seater Roding Roadster R1 was born. Since its creation, the Roadster still retains an aura of mystique about it. Whether Roding intended it or not, the Roadster R1 is still unrecognizable to a lot of people, auto hipsters included. But, even with its under-the-radar appeal, the Roadster has actually been the subject of a handful of tuning programs, most recently by Swiss tuner Dähler Design & Technik GmbH.
Relatively unknown to most people, Dähler Design & Technik GmbH has actually been involved in the auto tuning scene for the better part of 20 years, having done some exclusive programs for a number of cars ranging from niche models like the Roadster R1 to mainstream models like the BMW 4 Series. It doesn’t get the same amount of publicity as fellow Swiss tuner Mansory, because Dähler is one of those companies that isn’t a staple in huge auto shows like Mansory is.
The good thing about Dähler is that even without the attention, it has still established a reputation for building and developing high-quality tuning kits. This one for the Roadster R1 is no exception. It’s got an extensive aero kit for the exterior to go with a well-dressed interior and a two-stage engine modification system that squeezes some extra juice out of the Roadster’s 3.0-liter inline-six engine.
There may be more programs that get more of the acclaim than this one, but for what it’s worth, Dähler’s program for the Roadster R1 may just what Roding needs to get more attention for its niche sports car.
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With a design that shows character and temperament and uncompromisingly high performance, this distinctive vehicle concept sets new standards in the roadster sports car segment. It’s supreme agility and powerful performance allow you to experience the art of German engineering - firsthand. Because every Roding is manufactured by hand in a modern production process and can be customized to the smallest detail upon request, each car becomes a very personal item for it’s owner.
It is time to travel beyond the beaten path and experience true, unfiltered driving pleasure. Experience the Roding, a Roadster created by people with passion for performance automobiles.
The Roding is a two seat mid-engine sports car with a carbon fiber chassis and a powerful BMW 6 cylinder turbo charged engine. Maximum performance and driving dynamics are achieved through consequent light construction, and a state of the art six cylinder turbo charged engine.
The Roding Roadster is powered by a BMW high-efficiency six in line turbo engine. The engine generates 320 HP and has a torque of 450 Newton meters. The centre engine is installed in transverse configuration in relation to the vehicle longitudinal axis. The lightweight concept with a vehicle weight of 950 kg in conjunction with the powerful engine give the Roding a power to weight ratio of less than 3 kg/HP. This allows not only spectacular acceleration values but also high curve speeds, which is expressed in a curve acceleration of 1.4g.
Shifting is accomplished with a manual 6-Speed transmission, which transfers the power to an limited slip differential with a locking effect of up to 40%. This divides the engine power between the rear wheels, increasing the available traction while acclerating.
In combination with a sporty mixed tire compound, which can also optionally be ordered as a semi-slick variation, the rear axle thereby always remains easy to control, despite the high engine performance - even with the desired drift. In addition, the shocks and the fully independent suspension with double wishbones can be adapted to the purpose - road or race track - and individually adjusted by the driver.
The first cars to be produced are a special edition, limited run of 23 Roadsters, hence the name ’Roding Roadster 23’. These edition models feature an exclusive exterior design with all visible carbon parts like the hood, rear, chassis, doors and roof unpainted and the rest of the obdy in any custom paint color the customer wishes. It also includes factory installed racing components. This weight reduced Roadster was designed for the racetrack, but is also completely suited for daily use.
The essence of lightweight construction is the concentration on only what is necessary and the application of modern materials. The main chassis cell is manufactured of carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP), while the front and rear subframes are aluminium-CFRP hybrid structures. This material has been proven in its application in aerospace and formula one due to its low weight and high stiffness. Characteristics that play a large role in an open roadster like the Roding, since stiffness and light weight are the foundation for precise handling and impressive road performance.
Another core element of the main chassis is the integration of the required functions. For instance, the seat mounting points are integrated in the form making adapter brackets unnecessary.
’The Roding shows how it is possible to make ideal use of light-weight potentials in the vehicle with the fiber bond-appropriate design. The technologies used clear the way for the structural use of fiber bond materials in the major series’, explains Dr. Klaus Drechsler (Professor, Technical University Munich), one of the most renowned scientists and technology specialists in the area of CFRP.
Before you get too excited about these spy shots, we have to tell you that, despite similarities, you are not looking at a production version of the Audi e-tron Spyder Concept. This is, in fact, the Roding - a two seat mid-engine sports car developed by a small German car manufacturer called Roding Automobile.
A Roding prototype was caught testing for the first time last year, but it was one of the ugliest cars ever. Roding seemed to have understood that and knew that if they wanted to "set new standards in the roadster segment" they would have to change things significantly. And they did!
The new Roading Roadster will feature a carbon fiber chassis and a powerful turbo charged engine. Maximum performance and driving dynamics are achieved through consequent lightweight construction, and a state of the art six cylinder turbocharged engine with an impressive output of 300 HP and 295 pound-feet of torque. The engine will be mated to a six-speed manual transmission which sends the power to the rear wheels.
The official presentation will be held at the end of this year, with first delivery set to begin in 2012. There will be only 23 units built.
UPDATE 02/22/2012: After getting put through some extensive testing a year ago, the Roding Roadster will finally be making its world debut next month at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. Can’t wait? Here’s a new rendering to hold you over!
UPDATE 02/28/2012: With just one week before its official debut at the Geneva Motor Show, the Roding Roadster has been unveiled in a series of new teaser images. The good news is that it looks even better when painted in red!