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July 2011


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Elan Motorsports debut the latest updates to the IMSA Lites L1 category car at the 2011 ALMS Petite Le Mans. The 2012 car features the latest in Mazda 2.0L MZR technology as prepared and sealed by Elan Power and continues the performance level of the IMSA Lites L1 Category. Other changes for 2012 feature a three piece rear tail, larger access panels in the rear floor as well as upgraded brake pedal.

The DP02 was originally designed for the abandoned Formula X series before being modified for Star Mazda. Each of these new parts were developed in a continued effort to understand the desires and requirements of our customers and to act upon them.

The Elan DP-02 is the future of C-Sports after taking SCCA Runoffs win. In the hands of Matt Miller Elan’s IMSA Lites derived DP-02 chassis won the C Sports Racing title at the 2009 SCCA Runoffs at Road America. The Elan DP-02 single seat…

The Elan DP-02 single seat prototype sports car is accustomed to the winner’s circle. Since its inception it has been the premier car in the IMSA Lites Pro Series, the feeder category to the American Le Mans Series.

Perhaps that comes as no surprise as IMSA Lites is a ‘spec-series’ and the Elan is the sole chassis in the fastest class, Lites However, it does make this win, in the open regulations of the SCCA’s CSR category, even more remarkable.

The spec-series derived Elan has broken the back of the more exotic and expensive Ralt and Swift Atlantic derived sports racers. Always considered a well sorted, sophisticated yet straightforward car the DP-02 can now be considered the benchmark in CSR.

Matt Miller (Orland Park, Ill) in his No. 82 sponsored car qualified on the front row of the grid, only .797 seconds off pole, and after leaping to the lead in turn one defended an onslaught of attacks to take the victory.

To create the winning CSR car Miller made only a few modifications to the DP-02 from official IMSA spec while utilizing all of the knowledge gained from the DP-02’s rapid development and refinement associated with running the car in the highly competitive IMSA Lites series.

Miller’s DP-02 was fitted with a Elan Power Products modified 2.0 Litre Mazda MZR engine, replacing the ‘stock’ 2.3 Litre Lites motor. The only other modifications were the fitment of a Dauntless rear wing and lowered rear-deck bodywork.

Comprent Motor Sports’ Kevin Kloepfer, the official representative for the Elan DP-02 was thrilled with the win.

“On the same weekend that Comprent scored two podium finishes with DP-02s in the IMSA Lites category at Petit Le Mans I am delighted to be able to congratulate Matt Miller on taking what is a very significant and ground- breaking win for Elan and the DP-02 chassis.

This weekend proves the car’s supreme versatility, solid reliability and outright speed. It demonstrates once again why the DP-02 is the perfect choice for weekend warriors, serious club racers, and budding pro drivers.

I wouldn’t be surprised if a few of my IMSA Lites customers attend the Runoffs next year and more people consider doing combined seasons in both categories. With only a simple engine swap you can have a car capable of winning both.

I also must congratulate Nick Evans and Scott Rettich for taking first and second respectively in Formula SCCA enterprise using Elite Racing Transmissions and Comprent prepared actuators. As Elite’s distributor we are pleased to have provided them both with the winning formula.”

Comprent Motor Sports is the official customer service representative for the Elan DP-02 has over 20 years of experience in professional and SCCA club racing. They are also the official USA distributor of Elite Racing Transmissions, used in SCCA Formula Enterprise, agents for Pi Research data systems and Bald Spot Sports seat kits.

Their knowledge of the DP-02 is second-to-none. Comprent won both the 2008 IMSA Lites Teams’ and Drivers’ Championships.

From its extensive facilities in Athens Georgia, Comprent offer full race preparation and development services for CSR and Lites campaigns. Their in- house technicians and engineers specialize in fabrication, machining, transmissions, composites, data acquisition, and driver coaching.

Built by Elan Motorsports Technologies the DP-02 is a high-tech purpose- built sports car designed to develop advanced drivers with aspirations of graduating to the next level of professional racing. The single-seat DP-02 features an FIA certified carbon-fibre monocoque chassis built to the same crash standards as European Formula 3, a 6-speed sequential ‘no-lift shift’ Hewland gearbox and a high downforce tunnel-floor.

Top speed of an Elan DP-02 at most North American circuits approaches 170 mph, while their average speed is generally well over 115 mph resulting in Lap times equally as fast or faster than ALMS GT2 and Star Mazda class cars.


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The new Van Diemen DP08 with an engine built and produced by Panoz Motor Sports Group’s Elan Technologies had quite an impressive debut last weekend on both sides of the Atlantic.

In Round One of the F2000 Championship Series at Virginia International Raceway, Anders Krohn and Jonny Baker of Andersen Racing opened qualifying Saturday by placing one-two on the grid. Later that day, they replicated the morning feat with a one-two finish in Saturday’s 37-car field on the 3.27-mile road course.

The following day in Round Two, Krohn lowered his qualifying time from the prior day to once again sit on the pole, while Baker followed suit to remain on the outside of Row One. The Anderson Racing duo placed first and second again in Sunday’s 31-car field.

Meanwhile in England, Medina Sport’s Tom Bradshaw captured both the pole and race win in Round Three at the Kent Formula Ford competition at Oulton Park in the DP08.

“To sweep three races on the first weekend of competition with the new Van Diemen DP08 chassis and Elan Technologies engine is quite an accomplishment,” said David Bowes, CEO of Elan Technologies. “Van Diemen has always had a reputation as one of the leading chassis developers in the world, and its new chassis design combined with Elan’s engine certainly provided an unbeatable combination in these maiden ventures.”

Van Diemen, acquired by Elan Technologies in 1999, is the world’s largest volume manufacturer of single-seat race cars and is respected for its engineering excellence, on-track performance and integrity for more than 30 years.

Elan Technologies was founded in 1997 with a mission to acquire and cultivate the best technical, manufacturing and design experts under one roof.

Elan Precision Products is responsible for an array of critical components such as front and rear wishbones, uprights, pushrods, toelinks and roll hoops. In addition, Elan Precision Products supplies and supports individual IRL teams, Star Mazda, SCCA, and Panoz Esperante customers with parts that meet the highest standards required by Elan Technologies.

Elan Power Products provides comprehensive, innovative engine building development and management programs that can be supported for projects in any racing environment around the world.

Elan Composites is recognized as one of the leading authorities of carbon composite technology, gaining its reputation not only in the development of carbon composites but also in the design of complex tools, moulds and fixtures used in the manufacturing process. Elan Motorsports Design and Engineering takes initial concepts from the CAD screen and FEA analysis to wind-tunnel testing, all the way through production and to the race track.