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A Successful Weekend For Élan Motorsports with the NP01

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Élan Motorsports notches up another win at Barber Motorsports Park this weekend at the Sportscar Showdown with their #00 Élan NP01, whilst also achieving the fastest lap in both races.

August 22, 2018, Braselton, Ga –  Élan Motorsports competed with their #00 Élan NP01 at the World Racing League’s Sportscar Showdown endurance races at Barber Motorsports Park this past weekend. The car, leased and driven by Kevin Ross, Catesby Jones, David Chow, William Tally, and Ethan Billions, competed in both the nine-hour race Saturday and the seven-hour on Sunday.

Besides Ross and Chow, this was the other drivers’ first time racing the Élan NP01. Ross started the nine hours of Race 1, and lapped the field in the first hour and 30-minutes. Unfortunately, Chow, driving second, had issues with his cool suit and after fixing it had dropped down a couple of laps. Tally, Billions, Ross for a second stint, followed by Jones then completed the race in one-hour, 30-minute stints, to end the race fourth in class, eighth overall. Billions also drove the fastest lap of the race on lap 168 with a time of 1:39.468.

Tally took the wheel at the start of Race 2 in damp conditions following the pre-race rainfall. In a two-hour stint Tally maintained second position, the only car on the lead lap, following the only other Élan NP01 in the race, the #19 run by Ricky Sanders Racing, in the lead. Billions took over the lead position prior to the mandatory quiet thanks to good pitting strategy and maintained following the stationary period. With final stints from Ross, then Tally, Billions returned to the wheel to finish the race, taking the checkered flag in first, eight laps ahead of the rest of the field and also securing the fastest lap time again with a 1:36.624.

All drivers achieved quicker lap times in Race 2 compared to Race 1, proving the NP01’s usability. The Élan Motorsports #00 was approximately two-seconds faster than the #19 Élan NP01, both approximately two-seconds faster than any other car on track. Despite needing an axle change in Race 1, the #00 still completed the race, not dropping back below eighth position, due to the axle change taking less time than the time taken to tow the car back to the pit, also proving the car’s efficiency of design.

The Élan Motorsports #00 NP01 is available to rent for a race weekend. For more details, please click here.

 

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William Tally

“A huge Thank you to crew chief/engineer Brandon White for a great weekend and victory and Barber.  A second thank you to elan Motorsports for creating the np01- what a thrill to drive.  It’s a go-cart on steroids!  As a rookie driver i was nervous about managing its performance, turns out for no reason. He np01 is a very capable yet forgiving car that allows you to approach both yours and it’s limits without biting.  I can’t wait for the next race!”

Ethan Billions

“I was a very last minute addition to the team, as one of our drivers felt ill after the practice day and couldn’t continue. It was also my first endurance race, first time driving the NP01, and first time racing at Barber Motorsports Park. That being said Brandon White and the Élan team provided an absolutely amazing car with a perfect setup. 

I was able to hop in my first stint on Saturday and set the fastest time of the weekend. unfortunately we had a mechanical issue that took us out of contention for a win. But we knew the true speed of our car and pressed on for Sunday. 

In Sunday’s race the car had blistering pace once again, as did my fellow drivers William Tally and Kevin Ross. I was able to once again set the fastest lap of the weekend in my first stint and exited the car with the team sitting P1 with almost a lap advantage. On the restart both William and Kevin drove superbly, allowing me to close our race with a five lap lead on the rest of the field. In my last stint I was able to bring the car to the checkered flag to take the victory, with an eight lap lead on the rest of the field. 

The team, both drivers and crew, operated at the highest level all weekend and enough cannot be said about just how well prepped our Élan NP01 was. 

Thanks to the Brandon White and the team for working so hard, especially under unforeseen circumstances. A fantastic team and great drivers ensured our victory. I can’t wait for the next race with the team!”

David Chow

“The NP01 is a fantastic car to race!  Robust, safe and has real aero that dominates the class.  I’ll be back for more enduros!”
Elan Motorsports

Elan NP01 Proves Endurance Capabilities At Daytona

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Three NP01s compete at the Daytona Concorso including Elan’s No.1 Chassis in Nasa Prototype Spec Class trim on street tires with one achieving a top-five overall result.  

June 26, 2018, Braselton, Ga. – Three Elan NP01s competed at the World Racing League’s Daytona Concorso, the weekend of June 16-17, 2018, achieving a fifth, 11th and 21st position overall. Despite on-track incidents, all three NP01s mcompleted the 14-hour endurance race starting at 9am and running through to 11pm with a 36-car field.

Drivers Tazio Ottis, Scott Wagner, Kevin Ross, Daniel Erickson, and Jesse Grose competed in Elan’s own NP01, Ottis, Page and Erikson never having driven the car before. Their first drive was their first stint in the race. Starting sixth, the race started well until an unfortunate incident around the two-hour mark meant some bodywork repair was needed behind the wall and the team slid down to 20th overall. Two separate red flags ensued for lightning strikes but as time went on, the drivers reclaimed part of the gap behind the leader.

When rain fell, the NP01 really proved its performance capabilities and Grose managed to put the car back in the lead by four seconds in two laps on the wet track. Luck was not on the team’s side though and oil on the track at turn three caused him to end up in the tire wall. Damage was severe, destroying the splitter, bodywork and the left front corner suspension. However, the team were able to repair the car in 2-hours to get back on-track to finish the race. Ottis, Wagner and Erickson then each took turns to complete the night shift and the team took the checkered flag in 21st position.

The best finishing NP01 finished 5th overall, 4th in class with a relatively trouble-free run, proving the competitiveness of the car compared to other cars in the GTO class, including an ex-World Challenge Ford Mustang, Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars, and Porsche Caymans. The other NP01 finished in 11th.

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 Brandon White, Lead Mechanic, Elan Motorsports

“It was a tough race but it was great to hear the drivers being so complimentary of the car throughout the day, even after the accidents. Having five drivers can be tough to set the car up where everyone is happy, but all five commented how neutral the car felt and depending on how they preferred to drive, they could get the NP01 to either oversteer or understeer. They said that even following accidents with the repairs we were able to complete track-side and quickly, they felt the car was 90% of what it was before the trouble. The driver in the car at the time of the second crash told us we were done, but I was confident, knowing how well-designed the car is, we could get it back out on track. Really impressed with the performance of the car at the event and look forward to having another opportunity to prove we can be on the podium.”

Kevin Ross
“The car is surprisingly neutral. Only in the slowest/slickest corners did I feel understeer, and that was on street tires. It will definitely take me some time to get everything out of the NP01 that it has to offer, not that it is difficult to drive, but because driving it feels like I have so many more tools in the toolbox. This must be what it’s like to drive a proper race car as opposed to a repurposed sports car.

Most surprising was the reparability. We had the unfortunate circumstances of two race incidents, one quite serious, in a long endurance race. I thought we were done for the weekend and it actually appeared quite feasible to replace every corner of the car (we had to replace three of four). Thoughtful engineering, very well done.”

Daniel Erickson
“The NP-01 was a terrific handling car with surprisingly impressive power. It was very balanced, even with the street tires, and the power felt like it was more than 200. It handled extremely well through the turns and was easy to correct when driver induced under/over steer occurred. For a car so new to the marketplace it seemed to have most of the bugs worked out of it and all drivers left the event with a very positive review of the car.”