The Prodrive P2 is a prototype two-seater sports car designed, engineered and built by Prodrive at its Banbury and Warwick sites. The car is based on the platform of the Subaru R1 keicar and has a modified Subaru Impreza WRX STi engine along with many Prodrive systems originally designed for their World Rally Championship and Sports Car Racing programmes. The car’s styling was done by Peter Stevens, who also designed the McLaren F1. The car includes rally-inspired anti-lag to prevent turbo lag, as well as an active center and active rear differential that maximizes grip.
A fully working car has been built, and was tested on the TV motoring programme Top Gear — it had 340bhp, obtained a 0-60mph time of 3.8 seconds, and had a Power Lap of 1:24.3, beating such cars as the TVR Sagaris, BMW M5 and Aston Martin Vanquish.
The car’s active rear differential automatically shifts torque to whichever of the four wheels need it most during maneuvering, based on spin-slip sensor readings; this is a common rally-car technology rarely seen on road cars. Prodrive have claimed that the car could retail for only around £40,000, but have said there are no plans to put the car into production at present.
The car was the idea of Prodrive chairman and chief executive, David Richards, who wanted to create something that used the skills of every part of the business and demonstrated the company’s capabilities.
P2 is a fully working two-seater sports car featuring some of our latest technology and which has been entirely designed, engineered and built at our operations in Banbury and Warwick in just nine months.
Our philosophy behind the design of the car was practical performance – a sports car which could be used everyday. With a power to weight ratio of more than 300 PS/tonne, P2 reaches 100 kph from standstill in four seconds and tops 280 kph.
P2 uses a modified two-litre flat-four Subaru engine and Subaru all wheel drivetrain, which incorporate two of our innovative technologies to enhance performance – ALS and ATD™.
ALS has been derived from the same system found on the Prodrive-designed Subaru World Rally Car, but modified for use on the road. ALS can keep the turbo on full boost at low engine speeds, giving the car immediate throttle response and improved performance by using more of the engine’s torque throughout the rev range.
Our ATD™ system uses active centre and rear differentials to control the torque split between the front and rear of the car and across the rear axle to optimise the car’s handling characteristics by helping to correct over or understeer.
The P2 chassis was originally based on a Subaru R1 (a four seat mini car), which was completely re-engineered to give P2 its coupe styling and to accommodate the new engine and drivetrain.
David Richards’ firm Prodrive will finally unveil its P2 sports car this weekend at the Autosport International Racing Car Show in Birmingham, England. The P2 is based on Subaru mechanicals and features an Impreza engine that’s been cajoled to produce 345 bhp. That motor is enough to launch to P2 to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds and on to a top speed of 174 mph.
The body was styled by Peter Stevens, who has worked with us on numerous road car and motorsport projects. His team produced a full scale clay model of the car and from this, P2’s composite body panels were formed.
Every part of the company was involved in the development of the car, with our chassis, engine, transmission and electronics departments working with our in-house manufacturing operation to produce the specialist parts and electronic systems.