Back in 2007, Noble Automotive ceased production of the M12 and M400. That’s when South African company Rossion stepped in to continue building the specialty sports car under a new name, the Rossion Q1. This week’s episode of The Downshift explores the improvements made to the car over the years, and shows it’s still a potent track weapon.
The video begins with Rossion president Ian Grunes explaining how the Q1 came to be. The Rossion team took the Noble platform and reengineered it from the ground up, retaining the underpinnings and other components. Rossion wanted to keep the car’s on-track performance, but also wanted to refine it so owners could drive it every day. The standard Q1 weighs in at around 2600 pounds, and uses a tube frame chassis and Ford-sourced twin-turbo 3.0-liter V-6 good for 450 hp. The brand also offers a lightweight, track-focused variant called the RP120, which weighs around 2000 pounds and is powered by a 2.0-liter Ford EcoBoost I-4.
Rossion’s head of research and development Craig Spuhler tells the story of how the company tuned the Q1′s suspension on a local road and was reprimanded by authorities. Spuhler explains how a street car needs to be developed and tested both on the track and on public roads to ensure it performs well in either setting.
Check out the full episode below to learn more on the Rossion Q1′s story, and to watch the sports car in action.