The Griip G1: The Aprilia RSV4 Powered Race Car That We All Want


The Griip G1 is the perfect compromise between a car and a sportsbike

The Griip G1 proves that the Aprilia RSV4 superbike engine is just as capable in a four wheeled arrangement as it is on two. While we’ve seen Kawasaki engines in Smart Cars, or Suzuki engines in tractors, and even a BMW S1000RR powered plane, this Formula 1000 race car that’s driven by an Aprilia RSV4 engine is probably our favorite contraption out there. In fact, you could drop the Aprilia RSV4 engine into a grand piano and we’d be more than happy – it’s just one of the finest engines out there. No contest.

But what about the Griip G1? It’s a specially made, track-only race car that was designed in Israel and built in Italy…and you can buy one of your very own, should you feel the need to. With a price tag of €52,900 (or about $62,660), which is roughly the cost of three Aprilia RSV4 RRs, you’ll be able to buy yourself a pretty sophisticated four wheeled racing machine.

The Griip G1: $62,600 Of Pure Aprilia Powered Fun

Griip G1 from above

With a chassis made from tubular 4130 chrome-moly steel that comes wrapped in carbon fiber bodywork the Griip G1 is already quite an advanced racer. Throw in a stock 1000cc RSV4 engine that’s been more or less left in stock form, and you’ve got a track weapon on your hands. The engine makes the same factory quoted 201 hp and the only real modifications include a new intake and exhaust system and an oil lubrication system that have been engineered in house by Griip, as well as the final drive being converted from chain to shaft. While the engine hasn’t seen much tuning, that sort of power in a lightweight frame and chassis – that weighs a mere 860 lbs fully fueled – sounds like a hell of a lot of fun.

Griip G1 Aprilia Open Wheel

The Griip G1 comes with loads of cool racing features like a removable steering wheel, crash structures, a proper racing harness and even an on board fire extinguisher… but even with all that gadgetry, it’s still not likely to be as fast or powerful as a motorcycle in terms of bang-for-buck. However, if you really want to race around the track on four wheels and you desperately need an open-wheel machine, then we can think of no better choice that the Griip G1. It’s still an Aprilia RSV4 after all.

Griip G1 Front Side View

Written by Joe Appleton

I’ve done a bit of work here and there in the industry – I’ve even ridden a few bikes for actual money but what it comes down to is this: I ride bikes, build bikes and occasionally crash ‘em too. I like what I like but that certainly doesn’t make my opinion any more valid than yours…

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