RAPIER AUTOMOTIVE SL-C SUPERLIGHT COUPE
Rapier Automotive from Boston, MA is putting themselves on the supercar map with its new Rapier Superlight Coupe, or SL-C for short.
The car utilizes an all-aluminum, TIG-welded monocoque space frame hybrid and is finished with high-quality composite body panels that give the SL-C a LeMans racecar-like look. For power, the Superlight offers three Chevrolet-derived engine choices, all of which can be transplanted underneath a hood behind the passenger compartment. The base model features a 6.2 liter 480hp LS376 V8. Next is a 7.0 liter 505hp LS7 V8. For the big boys, a 6.2 liter supercharged 638hp LS9 V8 provides plenty of mind-blowing power. Each one of these engines is diverted to the rear wheels through a six-speed manual transmission. With a curb weight of only 2375 lb (narly 1000 pounds less than the Corvette ZR1) performance is nothing short of extraordinary. To slow the car back to legal speeds, the SL-C uses 13" rotors in the front and 11.8" rotors in the back with front and rear six-piston calipers.
The majority of the Rapier Superlight is hand-built. Many of the components start as a bare block of aluminum and spend the first 50-60 hours coming to life on a CNC machine. The suspension is by Indy-style pushrod actuated coil-over shock units, of which the rear ones are arranged longitudinally.
Rapier Automotive has incorporated a complete Aeromotive fuel system, QA1 aluminum double adjustable shocks, CCW wheels and Alpine, Pioneer, & Beltronics entertainment electronics.
A test drive can be arranged out of Boston with one of two shows cars, chassis number one and chassis number two. If after the test drive a buyer wishes to place a 50% deposit towards the purchase of a SL-C, which start at the comparatively reasonable price of $179,000, Rapier will pay for the entire trip to Boston.