American-Built Rezvani Beast Debuts

May 6, 2014
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When it comes to custom supercars, the game is all about top quality track performance. While many automakers have attempted to show off their digital designs, only a handful managed to get theirs off the ground and establish big business creating supercars, such as Koenigsegg and Pagani.

However, Rezvani Automotive Designs, a California-based automotive design and manufacturing company, is aiming to make it into the supercar world’s elite circle with their latest entry, the Rezvani Beast.

The Rezvani Beast was designed by Fardees Rezvani, founder of Rezvani Automotive Designs who also claims to have been involved in designing Vencer’s Sarthe supercar, which made it to production last year. It was penned in digital form by Samir Sadikhov, who is a finalist in the Ferrari World Design Contest.

The Beast is based on the Ariel Atom sports car and features a lightweight and stylish carbon fiber body, comfortable interior, slender headlights and aggressive rear diffuser. It also has a full removable windshield and Alcon competition-spec brakes attached behind 19-inch PUR alloy wheels. A six-speed manual with limited slip differential and a roll cage come standard to all Beast versions.

Tipping the scales at only 1,470 pounds, the Beast 300, which happens to be the basic trim, is powered by a 316 horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. The said engine can crank the vehicle from zero to 60 mph in less than 3 seconds.

Move up to the 1,550 pounds Beast 500 and the likes of Lamborghinis and Ferraris will be left in the dust as the vehicle can rocket from zero to 60 mph in 2.7 seconds. Thanks to its 500 horsepower 2.4-liter supercharged engine.

According to Fardees Rezvani’s statement to Yahoo Autos “We wanted to get back to the basics… We wanted to get back to a raw feel, a car with real tactile feedback, with a lightweight chassis.” As such, by tapping into the performance of the Atom and putting it into vehicle with a lightweight and streamlined design, he believes that the Beast will have more appeal to road drivers.

With the help of N2A motors, a composite body maker known for building concept cars, Rezvani Automotive Designs will be using 3D printing, CAD Design and CNC milling to create the mold for the car’s carbon fiber body. The company expects to put 1,000-1,500 man-hours of work for the full production of the Beast in the next five to six months. It is targeting to produce 10 Beasts in the first year.

Those who would like to get their hands on the Beast should act fast, as the first two samples of Beast 300 and 500 are going to be sold at “Launch Edition” prices. The Beast 300 carries a price tag of $99,500, while the Beast 500 is tagged at $124,000. Once the Launch models are sold, $20,000 will be added to each piece of the Beast.

Even if the prices go up, the Beast is still affordable by supercar standards as most spec supercar builders sell their creations for seven-figures. According to Rezvani they have designed the Beast for an affordable price point to make it appealing to the average auto enthusiasts.

Photo credit: Rezvani Motors

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