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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.


 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.”

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Élan Motorsports NP01 Wins the Tire Rack Ultimate Track Car Challenge at Virginia International Raceway

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The Élan NP01, an impressive and affordable prototype-style race car, took top honors at the 2018 Tire Rack Ultimate Track Car Challenge presented by Grassroots Motorsports, the competition held annually for the sole purpose of finding America’s fastest track car.

Braving wet and challenging conditions, driver Franklin Futrelle and his team dialed in the Élan NP01 for the conditions. With very limited track time they were able to lay down a 2.01.083 lap time on Virginia International Raceway’s 17-turn, 3.27-mile road course, just over four seconds quicker than the second-place finisher.

“We are thrilled to have the NP01 win our event this year,” said Tim Suddard, publisher, Grassroots Motorsports magazine. “It is such a proof of our Ultimate Track Car Challenge concept when a relatively affordable track car, in nearly stock condition, and that is available to anyone, can come out to one of the biggest and best tracks in America and flat out win an event like this overall!”

This was Élan Motorsports’ first Ultimate Track Car Challenge since it introduced the Élan NP01 race car in 2015 for use in the National Auto Sport Association’s (NASA) then-new NASA Prototype Series. Soon after, the company developed the Élan Super Touring 1 Competition Package – an engine, exhaust, aerodynamic and suspension upgrade package – to broaden the car’s appeal to NASA racers by making the already capable sprint racer eligible for NASA Super Touring 1 (ST1) class competition.

The Élan NP01 that won the 2018 Tire Rack Ultimate Track Car Challenge presented by Grassroots Motorsports featured the ST1 upgrades.

The Élan Super Touring 1 Competition Package includes the following:

  • Updated, high-output 235-horsepower Mazda 2.0L MZR engine with high-compression pistons, performance camshafts, and an 8300-rpm limit.
  • Tuned free-flow exhaust system designed specifically to work with the new rpm range.
  • Engine intake ram-air extension for increased airbox pressure at speed.
  • High downforce aero kit with a ramped front splitter with raised center section and a rear diffuser with strakes to direct airflow.
  • A rear anti-roll bar, billet uprights, and endurance-spec rear lower wishbones.

The Élan Motorsports’ development team expected that the upgrades would significantly improve overall performance. In testing at Road Atlanta using the same driver, an Élan NP01 with the ST1 package posted a lap time of 1:26.27, compared to 1:31.07 for an NP01 in NASA Prototype Series trim.

Below is a quick overview of how the Élan NP01 race car’s ST1 Class configuration compares to its original NASA Prototype Series setup:

ST1 Class NP01 Series
Weight 1,450 lbs. 1,450 lbs.
Horsepower 235 horsepower 185 horsepower
Torque 165 lb./ft. 145 lb./ft.
Power-to-Weight Ratio 6.17 lbs./hp 7.84 lbs./hp
Road Atlanta Lap Time 1:26.27 1:31.07
Price – Kit* $90,250 $76,125
Price – Assembled* $101,250 $85,900
* The Élan NP01 includes all components necessary to assemble a running, drivable vehicle. Race-readiness requires further preparation. All prices exclude tax & shipping.

From the start Élan Motorsports designed the Élan NP01 to be fast, reliable, easy to maintain, and as safe as possible thanks to the closed-cockpit design that helps provide added driver protection. Most hardware is standardized to simplify maintenance and repair and reduce costs. It also features bodywork made up of individual fenders, engine cover and front hood sections rather than complete all-in-one front and rear body components. For example, if bodywork is damaged, the owner can replace individual pieces instead of an entire front nose piece, making repairs easier and more cost effective.

It has proven itself through the NASA Prototype Series and in endurance competition at events such as the NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill. Since its introduction, Élan Motorsports has built and sold over 30 Élan NP01 race cars.

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