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NP Series Builds Momentum Ahead Of '16 Debut
By Jeremy Croiset on September 1, 2015

At last year’s PRI Show, NASA (National Auto Sport Association) announced an exciting and innovative new racing series debuting in 2016. The NASA Prototype (NP) Series features the NP01, an all-new closed-cockpit, prototype-style race car developed by Georgia-based Élan Motorsports.
 
The announcement drew tremendous interest, and Élan Motorsports quickly filled its initial production run. NASA and Élan expect interest to grow as the first NP01 customers receive and start campaigning their new NP01s, so additional production planning is underway. 
 
What makes this series unique is that it features a purpose-built, closed-cockpit, prototype-style race car in a spec series designed to offer the best bang-for-the-buck, cost-effective road racing experience.

Racing veterans know Élan Motorsports is owned by motorsports icon Don Panoz, who founded the American Le Mans Series and Panoz Motor Sports Group, and is the man behind many memorable race cars. The Panoz Esperante GTR-1 race car and street car, the Esperante LMP-1 Roadster S, the Esperante GTLM, and the open-wheel Panoz G-Force and Élan DP01 race cars that raced in the Indy Racing League and Champ Car World Series, respectively, are just a few examples.

What makes the new NASA NP Series such an exciting prospect is that it features a race car with enormous added value. Each purpose-built NP01 race car comes equipped with nearly everything to go racing, including:

• A sealed two-liter, 185-hp dry sump Mazda MZR engine coupled to a six-speed sequential Sadev transmission
• An AIM Sports MXL2 digital dash/data acquisition system 
• MCS two-way adjustable pro-level racing shocks 
• A completely locked AEM Infinity ECU system, ensuring all series competitors remain on a level horsepower playing field
• A downforce-producing aero body work design that lets owners cost-effectively replace body panels


Many of these features are found on race cars costing over twice as much as the NP01’s initial pricing of $65,000 (MSRP for ready-to-assemble kit minus fluids and safety belts; assembly is available for an additional charge.).
 
Initial testing on several race tracks indicates the NP01’s performance is on par with top level Super Touring race cars costing significantly more to buy and maintain, again confirming this race car and series’ outstandingly attractive cost-to-performance ratio.
 
Élan Motorsports has designed the NP01 to deliver performance, yet be economical to own and maintain. It is designed with safety in mind, but no safety system can defy the laws of physics or the unpredictability of motor racing.
 
In 2016, the first NP Class competitors will take to the track to contend for three specific Super Region Championships: Western, Central and Eastern. This will also include the year’s two biggest NASA events—the Western and Eastern States Championships. 
 
For more information, please visit nasaprototype.comnasaproracing.com, and elanmotorsports.com.
 
Jeremy Croiset is Director of Business Development at the National Auto Sport Association (NASA) in Napa Valley, CA. Established in 1991, NASA delivers motorsports events to enthusiasts at major racing venues throughout the nation, including different programs for owners of race cars as well as high-performance street-driven vehicles. Among its programs are High Performance Driving Events (HPDE), Rally Sport, Time Trial, NASA-X and Competition Racing.
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Jeremy Croiset is Director of Business Development at the National Auto Sport Association (NASA) in Napa Valley, California. Established in 1991, NASA delivers motorsports events to enthusiasts at major racing venues throughout the US.
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