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Rossion Q1 American Supercar Arrives in Ferrari Land [Video]

The American-built Rossion Q1 supercar arrived on the Italian scene for a promotional video shoot meant to showcase the vehicle's abilities and announce European distribution by Hybrid UKGARAGE of Bergamo.  Racing around the Italian coast, the car looks just as capable at tackling the roads of Ferrari's home country.

Assembled by 1g Racing and Rossion Automotive the Q1 is based on the Noble M400 model.  Rossion Automotive acquired production rights from Noble Automotive in 2007.  Using a 450-horsepower 3.5-liter biturbo V6 the car sprints from a standstill to 60mph in just 3.1 seconds, reaching 100mph in 7.7 seconds.  The mid-mounted Ford engine produces up to 390 ft-lb of torque, and gets the car to the quarter-mile marker in 11.3 seconds at 123mph.  Top speed is listed at 189mph.

The engine is mated to a Getrag six-speed manual transmission.  The Q1 also uses a Quaife limited-slip rear differential.  Differences between the Q1 and the M400 abound; exterior styling on the two cars is quite different, and the Q1 did away with the gigantic rear spoiler.  The Q1 focuses on further interior refinement.

In the end, the Rossion Q1 is somewhat less splashy than its predecessor, which is not bad at all.  You can view the almost three-minute long video right here, and tell us what you think in the comments below.

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uzzie
hmmmmm it actuallys quite good and they make it look good too in the video, but im not sure as americans dont really make good handling cars, well thats what ive over and over, if anyone wants to correct me on that go ahead
Dec 30, 2009 2:26 pm
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MTC
It's based on a Noble, which is engineer by a Brit and it's one of the best handling car ever made, so it can't get much worse
Jan 4, 2010 3:19 am
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unknownuser
Oh yeah! That video is pretty old. Go to youtube for newer videos, or check out Rossion's site: rossioncars.com. Finally, it's funny someone mentioned Pagani. In one year Rossion has sold more cars than Pagani has made in their existence. Don't knock the Q1 because it's being marketed as an American car. That's pathetic!!! If you truly love performance cars it shouldn't matter from where they come.
Dec 30, 2009 4:42 am
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599FXX
im with you in defense of this car, most pass judgement on looks and that it's "american" but if anybody on this board had the chance: the Q1 and a racetrack or sleepy mountain road, they'd be smiling ear to ear not talking trash... evile, how do you know so much about this car are you involved somehow?
Dec 30, 2009 8:40 pm
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unknownuser
599FXX Unfortunately, no. Prior to Noble selling the rights of the M12 and M400 I was interested in the M400. I had done my research, but the economic meltdown ended any thoughts of a new toy. However, I continued to follow the development of the Q1. Perhaps if the economy picks up I'll start looking again.
Dec 31, 2009 6:09 am
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unknownuser
Here's the story. Noble Cars sold the rights to the Noble M12 and M400 to 1g Racing. 1g Racing was Noble's distributor for North America. Noble needed the cash to continue the development of the new M15 and later M600. Under the terms of the purchase 1g can't sell the M12/M400 as a Noble. The owners of 1g changed the name of the company to Rossion. Rossion is the combination of their names. Q1 is short for "Quick 1". Also, the purchase agreement does not allow Rossion to sell the Q1 in Great Britain. However, the cars are still built at Hi-Tech Automotive in South Africa. The changes to the Q1 are more than cosmetic. I have read there are more than 200 total changes. Most of the external changes were made to improve thermal management, and to control air flow into and out of the radiators and intercooler. Also, aerodynamics were improved. Downforce has been improved and the rear wing is now optional. The materials used in the interior of the Q1 are a major improvement over the M400. Quality leather and alcantara cover most of the surfaces, and much of the switch gear is bespoke. In terms of performance a stock Q1 and a stock M400 should be a draw. Although the Q1 gained 50 lbs due to some of the updates (i.e. leather, SAT-NAV, electric windows etc.) it also gained horsepower because of a new ECU. Early reports have been glowing, and I have seen a video of a Q1 keeping pace with a Viper ACR. Finally, looks are subjective. I believe Q1 looks like the mature cousin of the M400. Personally, I think it looks good, and it looks better in the metal.
Dec 30, 2009 4:32 am
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sensei
Since the car is based off the Noble then it is not an American car. What is surprising is that in this age of computers that small manufacturers still cannot come up with exciting designs.
Dec 30, 2009 1:15 am
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Mikeado
So they got a highly capable Noble M400, crossed the styling with a not-renown-for-fashion-sense Gumpert Apollo, took the spoiler off and stuffed it with creature comforts? I'd love to see how that makes the American take compare with an un-molested Noble M400. Not well, I'd bet. Just faster in a straight line.
Dec 29, 2009 11:03 pm
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Orfeifei
ugly
Dec 29, 2009 7:19 pm
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RomainZ
Ugly x_x
Dec 29, 2009 7:14 pm
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e36mmm
Pagani was a one off exception and they actually proved themselves. But this? Just dont see it happening..
Dec 29, 2009 3:55 pm
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effington
this just looks exactly like one of those nameless 'supercars' you find on GTA 4! not a fan im afraid!
Dec 29, 2009 12:16 pm
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Rix
...typical ugly no carisma american car...designer of this car must find something else to do in life...
Dec 29, 2009 12:13 pm
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sris
I'm so blo*dy surprised that an American sports car is not running on a Corvette engine.. xD
Dec 29, 2009 11:18 am
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MusTang
I didn't like how Noble looks. I watched video before reading the artice and i recognize Noble in the shape of Rossion. So, don't like it too. Can say nothing about drive feeling.
Dec 29, 2009 8:18 am
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599FXX
would this powerplant be the new ecoboost v6 with direct injection? good numbers and looks fun to punish.
Dec 29, 2009 7:07 am
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MTC
It doens't just looks like a Noble, it's a Noble M400, just rebodied and rebadge, that's all But I love this Noble, that's why I love the fact it's alive and well
Dec 29, 2009 4:57 am
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joshg_5
AWESOME!!! Proof that a supercar isn't defined by a 800hp V-12. And very impressed Ford was able to produce such an engine. Nice.
Dec 29, 2009 4:00 am
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vanquert
It's not ugly but not great looking either. Just like an toyota, doesn't look bad, but not good either.. It reminds me of a Holden at the back, especially the taillights. And it does look like a Noble too, never liked these kind of supercars.. Wouldn't have to think two seconds about buying a ferrari, porsche or lamborghini than buy this one..
Dec 29, 2009 3:56 am
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LifeLongCarGuy
my thoughts exactly.
Dec 29, 2009 6:25 am
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jerry05cod4
does anyone read the fukking article. And quote "Rossion Automotive acquired production rights from Noble Automotive in 2007."
Dec 30, 2009 12:20 am
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JorgeLovesAudiA3TDI
Audi RS6 anytime!
Dec 29, 2009 2:57 am
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vanquert
btw, priceless! haah!
Dec 29, 2009 3:57 am
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Phonixx
It realy look like a Noble but the uglyest back
Dec 29, 2009 2:44 am
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BavarianMS
As long as they don't jack up the price in anyway, this car could be something. It shouldn't be exclusive in anyway. Just be a very good performing street legal race car on a budget.
Dec 29, 2009 2:14 am
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dmanero
At first when I watch this video I couldn't place my finger on it, that I've seen this body style before and then I read a post early and then it hit me, it looks like a Noble.
Dec 29, 2009 1:41 am
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jerry05cod4
"...the Q1 is based on the Noble M400 model. Rossion Automotive acquired production rights from Noble Automotive in 2007." fukk ppl read!!!!!!!!
Dec 30, 2009 12:22 am
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