Melkus was a marque of single seat racing cars and sport cars founded by the race driver Heinz Melkus in Dresden in East Germany. The company existed between 1959 and 1986. The cars used engines from Wartburgs and much of the other parts came from Wartburgs and Trabants. The racing cars competed in Formula III, Formula Junior and Formula E. The only road going car the company produced was the Melkus RS1000. It was a sleek sports car powered by a tuned mid-mounted Wartburg 3-cylinder 2-stroke engine.
Melkus is due to release their RS 2000 sports car that will go on sale in November with annual production limited to 25 units. This new edition will have an aerodynamic body which draws inspiration from the classic Melkus RS 1000. Like the RS1000, the new RS 2000 features gullwing doors which have been specially engineered to swing out only a few centimeters to enable entry and exit in tight spaces. To reduce drag and improve downforce, Melkus RS2000 will sport a completely closed underbody, a large front lip spoiler, and a rear diffuser. Designed by Lutz Fügener and Jens Timmich, this new model follows the lightweight philosophy launched by company founder Heinz Melkus. The RS 2000 weighs less than 1,000 pounds (454kg) thanks to the aluminum chassis which is wrapped in a body constructed from carbon fiber. More info and images after the jump.