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Prodrive - P2

The Prodrive P2 is the best manifestation of what happens when our inspirational thinking combines with our innovative approach.

The car was the idea of Prodrive chairman and chief executive, David Richards, who wanted to create something that used the skills of every part of the business and demonstrated the company’s capabilities.

P2 is a fully working two-seater sports car featuring some of our latest technology and which has been entirely designed, engineered and built at our operations in Banbury and Warwick in just nine months.

Our philosophy behind the design of the car was practical performance – a sports car which could be used everyday. With a power to weight ratio of more than 300 PS/tonne, P2 reaches 100 kph from standstill in four seconds and tops 280 kph.

P2 uses a modified two-litre flat-four Subaru engine and Subaru all wheel drivetrain, which incorporate two of our innovative technologies to enhance performance – ALS and ATD™.

ALS has been derived from the same system found on the Prodrive-designed Subaru World Rally Car, but modified for use on the road. ALS can keep the turbo on full boost at low engine speeds, giving the car immediate throttle response and improved performance by using more of the engine’s torque throughout the rev range.

Our ATD™ system uses active centre and rear differentials to control the torque split between the front and rear of the car and across the rear axle to optimise the car’s handling characteristics by helping to correct over or understeer.

The P2 chassis was originally based on a Subaru R1 (a four seat mini car), which was completely re-engineered to give P2 its coupe styling and to accommodate the new engine and drivetrain.

The body was styled by Peter Stevens, who has worked with us on numerous road car and motorsport projects. His team produced a full scale clay model of the car and from this, P2’s composite body panels were formed.

Every part of the company was involved in the development of the car, with our chassis, engine, transmission and electronics departments working with our in-house manufacturing operation to produce the specialist parts and electronic systems.

source: Prodrive


Prodrive creates P2

Prodrive has unveiled P2, its unique two-seater sports car, which has gone from concept to reality in just nine months.

P2 is a fully working car featuring Prodrive’s latest technology and which has been entirely designed, engineered and built by the motorsport and automotive specialist at its operations at Banbury and Warwick in the UK.

P2 was the idea of Prodrive chairman and chief executive, David Richards, who wanted to create something that used the skills of every part of the business and demonstrated the company’s capabilities.

He said:  “What we created is P2, a unique two-seater sports car, which has gone from concept to reality in just nine months and which is the perfect manifestation of what happens when our inspirational ideas combine with our innovative approach.”

Prodrive’s philosophy behind the design of the car was practical performance.  Weighing just 1100 kg and with a power to weight ratio of more than 350 bhp/tonne, P2 is expected to reach 100 kph from standstill in under four seconds and carry on to 280 kph.   Yet, despite the focus on weight reduction, P2 has all the comforts of any modern car, with a six speaker stereo system, power assisted steering and electric windows.  

P2 uses a modified Subaru Impreza STi engine and all wheel drivetrain, which incorporate two of Prodrive’s innovative technologies to enhance performance – ALS (Anti-Lag System) and ATD (Active Torque Dynamics).

The two-litre flat-four engine is fitted with Prodrive’s ALS .  This has been derived from the same system currently used on the Prodrive-designed Subaru World Rally Car, but modified for use on the road.  ALS can keep the turbo on boost at low engine speeds, giving the car immediate throttle response and improved performance by using more of the engine’s 575 Nm of torque throughout the rev range. (more details enclosed)

To use this power more effectively, Prodrive’s ATD system is fitted to P2’s drivetrain.  It uses an active centre and active rear differential to control the torque split between the front and rear of the car and across the rear axle to optimise the car’s handling characteristics.  For example, should the car begin to understeer while on power, then more torque will be pushed to the rear wheels, while if it began to oversteer then drive is sent to the front of the car, balancing it in all situations. (more details enclosed)

P2’s exterior and interior styling were created by Peter Stevens, who has worked with Prodrive on numerous road car and motorsport projects.   His team produced a full scale clay model of the car to develop the styling and from this P2’s composite body panels were formed.

The P2 chassis was originally based on a Subaru R1 (a four seat mini car), which was completely reengineered to give P2 its coupe styling and to accommodate the new engine and drivetrain.

Every part of Prodrive has been involved in the development of P2 from its motorsport and automotive technology divisions.  Prodrive’s chassis, engine and drivetrain and electronics departments worked with its in-house manufacturing operation to produce the specialist parts and electronic systems.  The company also called on the skills of a number of its partners to provide additional complementary technical expertise and specialist components, such as wheels, brakes and lighting.

While P2 is a fully working car, Prodrive itself currently has no plans to put it into volume production.  However, should a vehicle manufacturer approach the company to do so, it is expected that it would have a retail price of approximately £40,000.

SOURCE: Prodrive

Technical Specification

Layout and chassis

• Front engine, all wheel drive

• Steel monocoque chassis

• Composite body panels

Performance

• 0-100 kph in < 4 secs (estimated)

• Top speed 280 kph (estimated)

Engine

• 2.0l DOHC 16v flat-four turbo charged with ALS

• Power : 349 PS

• Torque : 575 Nm

Transmission and drivetrain

• All wheel drive fitted with ATD

• 6 speed manual gearbox

• Differentials

- Front : open

- Centre  : active LSD

- Rear : active LSD

Steering and suspension

• Electric power assisted steering

• Double wishbone front and rear

• Adjustable coil over dampers

• Front anti-roll bar

Wheels and brakes

• Wheels : 19” x 8.5“

• Brakes

- Front : 355 mm discs

-- four pot monobloc calipers

- Rear : 330 mm discs

-- four pot monobloc calipers

• Tyres : 235 / 35 ZR19

Dimensions

• Length : 3910 mm

• Width : 1855 mm

• Height : 1310 mm

• Wheel base : 2500 mm

• Track :

- front 1530 mm

- rear 1590 mm

• Weight : 1100 kg

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