The year is 2005. The reasonable success of the earlier RP8 Barchetta allows ARTEMIS to really stretch their legs and design a [kit] car like none before it. Five years of preperation and many round trips to the drawing board later, and the Austrian company hopes to avoid the sophomore slump. This is their entry, and they maintain it’s not just better than their debut coupe; but one of the best in its class.
Mechanically, the difference between the RP8 and the new ARACH RC6 is described as a gaping chasm. Whereas the former looked back on the 60s in reverie, the latter views forward to the future of automotive design. Even decades after its production it holds up stunningly – and the aesthetics aren’t too shabby either.
The stillborn RC6 prototype; not lithe enough to cut the mustard.
Internally referred to as “Project 3,000”, the original RC6 blueprints detailed a fibreglass body/AHS-steel subframe housing a 2.8-litre twin-turbo V6 (bored out from the naturally aspirated 4GR-FSE a la IS250 donor car) – but it was calculated that both the centre of gravity and the overall weight were much too high; so the project was overhauled (at some cost) to fit a lower, more compact twinturbo 6-cylinder boxer engine in a carbon/AHS monocoque
This second, much more focused design crept under the 3000lb barrier, hence the project’s designation.
The finished RC6 -- truly outclasses its predecessor.
The forced-redesign was in fact a blessing in disguise – the brand new 4.0-litre boxer engine required significantly less boost to reach the same power, and the subsequent reprofiling of the body to meet cooling requirements resulted in arguably a much prettier front fascia as well.