Published on 26 Mar 2013 by Adriano
The Weber F1 is a street legal four wheel drive sportscar designed and built by some engineers coming from the no-longer existing BMW Sauber Petronas Formula 1 team, and has been described by its makers as ‘the world’s fastest and lightest supersports car‘.
It is equipped with a 5.6-liter V10 engine producing more than 1200 hp, and boast a dry weight just over the 1250 kg mark. Thanks to its exceptional power-to-weight ratio of 0.96 hp/kg, an intelligent all-wheel drive system and sophisticated aerodynamic properties, this mid-engined racer can sprints from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in less the 2.5 seconds and to 300 km/h (186 mph) in just 16.2 seconds, reaching a top speed of more than 400 km/h (248 mph). The transmission is a 6-speed semi-automatic with paddles at the wheel, while braking is provided by 380 mm discs bitten by 12-piston calipers.
The Weber F1 measures 4.50 meters in length, 2.04 meters in width and 1.15 meters in height, with a wheelbase of 2.90 meters, fron track of 1.62 meters and rear track of 1.60 meters. It comes with a set of 20-inch alloy wheels fitted with Pirelli high performance tires measuring 285/25 at the front and 325/25 on the rear axle. Other hiighligts include an active rear wing.
The first prototype of the Weber F1 was launched in 2007, and after years of intensive testing and developing the final version of the model (with a more agile and aggressive look created by Richard Amiel) is now ready to hit production next month. The latest F1 has now a full carbon fibre moncoque chassis and a monocoque body as well as a new twin turbo engine. Also the drive shaft now uses shorter gear ratios – an in-house development by Weber - and has been improved for increased durability as well as drivability of the car.
Weber has also produced several components for the KERS (Kinetic Energy Recovery System) technology which is used in Formula 1 and will be used on the Weber F1 to launch the most powerfull Hybrid car ever built, with an estimated output in the 1600 horsepower region. According to weber, this model will revolutionise the super sports car industry. At this stage Weber is still looking for investors.