The Èlan DP02 single-seat prototype sports car is accustomed to the winner’s circle. Since its inception it has been the premier car in IMSA’s Mazda Prototype Lites Presented by Cooper Tires series, originally the feeder category to the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) and now the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
Èlan Motorsports Technologies debuted the latest updates to the IMSA Mazda Prototype Lites L1 category car at the 2011 ALMS Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta. The current car continues the outstanding and competitive performance expected in the IMSA Mazda Prototype Lites L1 category.
The Èlan DP02 also is eligible for competition in the SCCA’s current P1 and P2 class.
Built by Èlan Motorsports Technologies, the DP02 is a high-tech, purpose- built sports car designed to help develop advanced drivers with aspirations of graduating to professional racing’s next level. The single-seat DP02 features an FIA-certified carbon-fiber monocoque chassis built to the same crash standards as European Formula 3 and a high downforce tunnel-floor.
The Èlan DP02’s top track speed at most North American race circuits approaches 170 mph, while its average speed is generally well over 115 mph. The result is lap times as quick or quicker than many GT2 and Star Mazda class cars.
The car’s capabilities and the fierce competition in IMSA’s Mazda Prototype Lites presented by Cooper Tires series is best illustrated by this video from Michael Whelden Racing that he shared on his Facebook page. Thank you Michael for capturing the excitement from the 2016 season opener at Sebring International Raceway.
Here’s a quick DP02 assembly timelapse video.
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