The track-day car industry is a very vibrant, but very European affair. Great Britain is home to greats such as Caterham, Ariel, Radical, and the Briggs Automotive Company, or more commonly known as BAC. Lotus (also Britain) provides the lovely 3-Eleven, and if you want to step it up a notch, Aston Martin (also, Britain) would love to sell you an 800-horsepower Vulcan that isn’t actually road-legal. Outside of our English compatriots, you have KTM’s X-Bow hailing from the Netherlands, a venerable offering from the company most notably known for dirt bikes.
But America’s track car landscape is depressingly barren. You can buy an Ariel here — built under license — and there’s no shortage of kit-cars, but for a finely-tuned, apex-hunting weekender, you might just have to take a look at the aptly-named Rezvani Beast X. Quickly, though. Revani is only making five, and at least one of them is spoken for. You’ll also have to shell out $325,000, by the way.
Though it’s not much larger than a Mazda Miata or one of the Toyobaru twins, the Rezvani Beast X is styled more in the same vein as the Lamborghini Aventador or the aforementioned Vulcan. It looks fast, and fortunately it has the horsepower to back it up — 700 of them, actually. The engineers at Rezvani didn’t seem to think there was anything wrong in shoe-horning what is essentially an entire Hellcat into a car that weighs 1,850 pounds, or only about 300 pounds more than Mercedes’s current world-beating W06 Formula 1 car.
That’s 200 horsepower more than the normal Beast, and all the units use a Honda-derived 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that’s both supercharged as well as turbocharged. The Beast sans “X” weighs a feathery 1,650 pounds and costs a pittance at about $165,000. The carbon fiber body is provided by Rezvani’s partner N2A Motors, and naturally, it’s available with Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, in case you needed to get to that email whilst taking turn 8 at 75 miles per hour.
The best part about the Rezvani, though, is that it’s built in America — southern California, specifically. Track culture isn’t as big a thing here as it is in, say, England, but maybe it’s because until recently, we didn’t have cars like the Rezvani.
Despite its windswept look (windshield is optional, Rezvani reminds us), the company also assures us that the Beast is entirely road-legal in the U.S. So if you spent your last $165,000 (or $325,000) on a new track toy, rest assured that you’ll still be able to make it to Laguna, the Glen, or [insert your favorite track here] without the help of a semi. Or a trailer and an SUV. Or tow shackles and a Clydesdale.
The Beast comes with a six-speed manual, but if you’re looking for a more engaging clutch experience, there’s a paddle-shifter controlled hydraulic transmission that’s optional.
If you haven’t already, please go buy your Rezvani Beast. If these don’t sell, America’s track culture doesn’t stand a chance — and we need it to. Do it for us. Do it for America.
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