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Ford Duratec Powered 2008 Rossion Q1 Up For Auction

Years ago, Noble stopped producing its M400 mid-engine kit car and sold the manufacturing rights to a company called 1G Racing, which promptly renamed itself Rossion Automotive. The freshly christened outfit then began cranking out the Q1, which was based on the M400, but featured a revised design and mechanicals, as well as a bevy of engine choices. Weighing in at just 2,600 pounds and cranking out over 400 horsepower, the Q1 was a seriously capable performance vehicle, even by today’s standards. Now, this rarely-seen 2008 Rossion Q1 with just 3,300 miles is up for grabs at Bring a Trailer, giving someone the opportunity to own a very cool piece of kit.

With such a low mileage total, this 2008 Rossion Q1 is in fantastic condition, with virtually perfect Ferrari Rossa Corsa paint covering its carbon-Kevlar composite body panels. It certainly looks the part, like a revised version of the M400 that’s a bit more modern, wearing a set of lightweight 18-inch forged alloy wheels wrapped in Bridgestone Potenza Sport XL tires that measure 225/40 in the front and 275/35 in the rear.

Inside the cabin, this 2008 Rossion Q1 features black Tillet B5 seats with red deviated stitching (though the original seats are included with the sale), Schroth harnesses, a MOMO steering wheel, air conditioning, power windows, remote door locks, Rossion floor mats, and a Pioneer stereo.

Under the hood, this particular Q1 is powered by the twin-turbocharged Ford 3.0L V6 Duratec powerplant, which was originally rated to produce 450 horsepower and 490 pound-feet of torque. That power flows to the rear wheels via a Getrag six-speed manual transmission and a Quaife limited-slip differential, while Koni adjustable coilovers help put it to the ground. Performance is brisk, with 0-60 taking just 3.4 seconds and the quarter-mile flashing by in 10 seconds flat.

The Q1 was produced for a full decade, though there aren’t many examples out there in the world. Even then, few are likely as nice and as well kept as this gem.

We’ll have more cool auction finds like this to share soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for 24/7 Ford news coverage.

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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