How fast can you take it?” I ask Craig Spuhler, Rossion’s technical engineer and my passenger at this particular moment in time. “About 75 mph with an 85 mph exit speed.” I was behind the wheel of a Rossion Q1 winding my way up a 270-degree decreasing radius on-ramp that shoots straight onto Florida’s I-95. As Spuhler has put more miles on Rossions than anyone else alive, and I’d been in the car all of 15 minutes, I decided that 65 mph was a nice, sane, journalist-safe speed. Even in fourth gear there was enough twin-turbo’d torque to get me to 80 mph by the end of the ramp. Truth is, I could’ve done the deed at 75 mph in third, if not much, much faster.
Rossion recently relocated from Ohio to Pompano Beach, FL and invited us to spend the weekend with ‘em, flogging their brand-new Q1, thus far their only product. It’s hard to talk about the Rossie (pronounced in the Johannesburg accents of owners Dean Rosen and Ian Grunes as “Raw-Zee”) without discussing the 2,400-pound Gorilla in the room, the Noble M12 (and to some degree, the more track focused M400). The two cars are very closely related and both come from the Hi Tech Automotive assembly line in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.