First impressions are hard to set aside. A first look at the Vandal One brings the batmobile to mind. It looks like Adam West and Tim Burton collaborated on the design. Then you come across quotes like this one: “You probably aren’t familiar because we just covertly launched the brand,” said Jeremy Sutton, chairman of Vandal Cars. Covert, looks, and speed—yep, this is the batmobile of track racing.
The American-built Vandal One is a lightweight, coming in at about 1,240 pounds. That lighter weight means that the 2.0L turbocharged four cylinder Civic Type R engine can really throttle this car down the track. But Vandal wasn’t satisfied with that, so they rebuilt the engine to include forged internals, a BorgWarner EFT 7163 turbo, port and direct injectors, and more, bumping horsepower up from 306 to 340 horsepower. And if that’s not enough, you can opt for an upgrade that will put 560 ponies under the hood—roughly 1,000 horsepower per ton. The power is delivered through a Sadev six-speed sequential gearbox with a paddle shift system and autoblipping. Handling is paramount with that power, so Vandal equipped the car with an F1-style pushrod suspension in both the front and rear as well as racing dampers, anti-roll bars, and customizable spring rates.
Just like the Dark Knight’s ride, there are plenty of other surprises in the Vandal One, but one thing’s for sure—no villain from the rogue gallery will outrun this car.