Le Nouvel Automobiliste
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Rezvani Motors : (how) a Beast is born!

We talked a lot about Rezvani Motors and their Beast (here, there, here again, there again, et aaaaand, here ! All in French though), and now is the time to discover how it’s built. Let’s head to Santa Ana, CA, cradle of the Rezvani Beast, where the art of coachbuilding will turn an already crazy car into this red monster.

There’s no secret about that, the Rezvani Beast is based on an Ariel Atom chassis. But before talking about the build, we need to go though the conception, the birth of the idea: Ferris Rezvani and Samir Sadikhov formed their friendship on the internet (yes, that happens more than you would expect!) and it doesn’t take long an agreement on the basic canvas for the latter to start drawing every single panel on the car.
In case you have no idea who Samir is, you have probably seen is work somewhere in the form of the unique Lamborghini Aventador J (yup, the exact one sold for $2.8 millions) or the Lamborghini Urus Concept. He also worked as a designer at Ford in Germany. That should warrant some good shapes!

The best part here is the base model: the Ariel Atom is just a skeleton with 4 wheels, meaning the possibilities are pretty much endless when it comes to putting some body panels over it.

End results: the look is simply out of this world, the proportions feel great and the agressivity… well it means business!

Windtunnel simulations are done via a CAD program, allowing to analyze the aerodynamic performances of every panel. Where many car manufacturers put vents and holes pretty much everywhere just for the sporty look, every single vent on the Beast is functionnal and has a purpose. No fullsize clay model was done. It was a one shot from CAD drawings to production.

We begin with a huge block of urethane foam carved with a 5-axis milling machine to get the final shape of the car in order to create the molds:

3D printing is also at the core of the process for some parts such as the uniquely shaped headlights, tail lights and side mirrors.

Rezvani Motors strikes hard by only using pre-preg carbon fiber: 70% lighter than the conventional « wet look » carbon fiber we all know: it allows for a satin look. There are some drawbacks by using this technique though: the pre-preg carbon fiber must be stored in the freezer and needs to be cured in an autoclave (a pressurized oven, usually set at a 7 atmospheres pressure). This drives up the cost to astronomical levels.

Everything is handmade. From the carbon molding to the unmolding, cutting, sanding, painting, and assembly.

Unfortunately, we’ll skip the painting part, as well as half of the assembly process because upon our arrival, the Beast was already pretty much done for the bigger panels. See for yourself:

The base chassis being great out of the box, only the brakes and suspensions will be upgraded: the suspensions setup needs to be reworked to cope with the extra 100 lbs added on each corner for a total of 1650 lbs. More weight and larger tires also means bigger brakes in order to maximize the use of the extra width in contact with the asphalt.

Who was the test driver for the right setup?

The road and track testing have been done with Samuel Hübinette, better known as Crazy Swede in order to find the perfect balance between agility and sensations. If you want to know more about the pilot, we invite you to check his Curriclum Vitae racing history on his own website here.

How long does it take to build a Beast from start to finish?

After receiving the Ariel Atom in the garage, the team of 4 craftmen need around 12 weeks for the transformation. A steel structure is added to stick the carbon fiber panels to the chassis, the track widened, and a flat floor leading straight to the gigantic rear diffuser takes place, along with a new interior…

In these 12 weeks, 2 are dedicated to the engine mods and tuning at a specialized workshop in Orange, CA. The Honda K24 engine needs a supercharger AND a turbocharger with a perfectly tuned ECU to mix the 500 hp with a crazy response time: driving pleasure is tightly linked to the engine’s responsiveness to the least of your desire on the throttle and off-throttle!

The unique wheels are a main component of the Beast package. Forged aluminium is the material of choice for its lightweight properties and I can only confirm after lifting off one of the wheel arm straight without even blinking: that, my friend, if the promise of dazzling accelerations and brakings. The Toyo R888 tires (235/35/R19 at the front, 295/30/R19 at the rear) are track proven, may it be with the Ariel Atom or any other car hitting the track.

It’s time to let our craftmen finish the masterpiece and jump to the next page where you’ll discover the full car in details !

Damn, show me the rest !