Palatov Motorsport’s first production model, the Palatov D4, spearheaded the manufacturer’s drive to create affordable, high-performance vehicles for recreational track day use. Designed by Dennis Palatov, the D4 weighs in at under 900 lbs, mainly thanks to its diminutive stature and super-light composite body shell.
The car’s featherweight qualities, along with its advanced underbody aerodynamics and capability of supporting turbocharged motorcycle engines of 300 bhp and more, mean that certain configurations of the D4 can boast a power-to-weight ratio of more than 700 bhp-per-ton. However, thanks to its ability to run a range of smaller engine sizes, including 1.0-liter (175 bhp) and 1.3-liter (197 bhp) units, it is also ideal for track enthusiasts.
Palatov gave a heavily-modified D4, the D4PPS, its competitive debut at the infamous Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in Colorado in 2012. The hybrid claimed an impressive victory in the Unlimited Class, introducing it -- and its big brother, the D1 -- to an even wider automotive audience.
So, whether you’re a seasoned professional or an absolute beginner, prepare to be moved by the Palatov D4 on Simraceway.