Today you can get a Tesla to 60 faster than any hypercar, or can go for a top speed run in a Veyron or its higher-powered successor the Chiron – but there are few instances when you can get a pure sports machine.
Originally from Slovakia, the Brutal S1 has been developed in no less than a decade with a single task – get the direct feel of a racer but in a street-legal package. It’s not going to win any design competitions, even though it has gullwing doors, but the lightweight mid-engine coupe is among the better embodiments of the form follows function principle. Oh, and it also has the weight of a city car while running on a 300 hp Subaru engine. Jakub Štarman – the creator – was at the Academy of Art and Design in Bratislava when he first started to pen the idea, and now he’s working at Skoda.
The Brutal S1 is made out of a mix of fiberglass, carbon fiber, and airex foam to achieve the lowest weight possible – and because of that inside there’s just a pair of bucket seats, roll cage, and very simple instrumentation. So, no air conditioning, no power windows, no power steering, no ABS and even the “snow white” paint used on the near-production prototype we see here is actually at minimal coating thickness levels. Depending on the engine, it will weigh 800 or 860 kilograms (1,763 or 1,895 pounds), the most powerful option being a turbocharged 2.0-liter gasoline unit from Subaru with 300 horsepower. The five- or six-speed manual gearbox will take it to 60 mph (96 kph) in under four seconds.