Thursday, 10 December 2015
The new Èlan NP01 racecar made its competition debut last weekend in NASA competition.Two teams lined up for NASA’s signature race at Thunderhill: the CLP Motorsports NP01 team led by team owner and driver Pat OKeefe, and fellow drivers Tyler McQuarrie, Mark Miller, Tom Dwyer, and Jeremy Croiset; and Team 11/10ths NP01 led by Drake Kemper with drivers Jesse Menczer, and Gene Sigal.
While the Team 11/10ths NP01 team exited the race early, they posted a best lap time of 1:55.384. The CLP Motorsports NP01 team started 10th, finished 32nd overall in the grueling 25-hour race, completed 514 laps (1,542 miles), and posted a 1:51.975 best lap time.
“I couldn’t be happier with our team’s performance,” said O’Keefe. “This was our first 25 Hour and the NP01’s first race. We only had two weeks to prepare for one of the most grueling and longest races in the country, and we were very fortunate to surround ourselves with an experienced 25 Hour crew and drivers and create a winning team.”
At Road Atlanta, Bobby Butler turned his first competition laps in his new Èlan NP01, participating in the NASA Southeast Region Championships. He finished sixth in Saturday’s race, and scored a third-place finish on Sunday and posted the fastest lap. Overall, Butler was pleased with his new Èlan NP01 race car.
“Taking delivery of serial No. 005 in Braselton on Friday morning was just the beginning of a wonderful relationship between a car and driver,” Butler said. “The weekend at the NASA Southeast regional championships at Road Atlanta was mostly shaking down the car and driver without interfering with the real championship races. Thanks Èlan, I’m in love.”
Going into the events, the NASA organization and Élan Motorsports Technologies engineers viewed the races as ideal avenues to acquire extremely valuable real-world competition data and driver and team feedback. With pertinent race data, components, and hands-on feedback already making its way to Élan, the engineering team is busy evaluating all information that should prove helpful as Élan continues to move forward with the new and growing project.
Élan Motorsports Technologies is the exclusive constructor of the Élan NP01, which is designed for the 2016 NASA Prototype series. NASA partnered with Élan with a mutual goal: create, launch and establish motorsport’s most affordable prototype-style racecar and racing class.
The Élan NP01 is designed to be fast, reliable, easy to maintain, and as safe as possible thanks to the closed-cockpit design that helps provide added driver protection. Much of the hardware on the car is standardized to simplify maintenance and repair and keep costs to a minimum. It features a sealed, 185-horsepower, two-liter Mazda MZR engine mated to a six-speed Sadev sequential transmission and is capable of an estimated top track speed of 155mph.
The Élan NP01 also uses a bodywork component design consisting of individual fenders, engine cover and front hood sections rather than complete all-in-one front and rear body components. This approach is easier and more cost effective for owners. If bodywork is damaged, the owner can replace individual pieces instead of an entire front nose piece, for example. Carl Haas Automobile Imports Inc., is the exclusive distributor of all Élan NP01 options and replacement parts.