Napa Valley, CA – (November 13, 2015) NASA and Elan
Motorsports unveiled the first production version of the new class
of purpose built race cars, the NASA Prototype (NP) series at the
2015 SEMA show. The
Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) in Las Vegas (Nevada, USA) is
regarded worldwide as the leading trade show for customization and sports
tuning. The products presented at SEMA to trade experts influence the entire
scene and set trends.
The 2015 SEMA show which ran November 3rd to 6th
proved to be the perfect venue for the NASA Prototypes debut. NASA had the
opportunity to work with our good friends at Toyo Tires & HAWK Performance
this year, to introduce industry insiders and show attendees to the new purpose
built race cars. The HAWK Performance booth was buzzing with activity as show attendees’
walked around examining this new class of cars built by Elan Technologies. NASA
representatives’ on hand to support their partners eagerly spoke to dozens of folks
interested in what the NP01 had to offer.
Attendees’ were very impressed by the design and the cost
effectiveness for running a vehicle that can be entered into several classes; Time
Trials, Sprint, & Endurance Road Races. A point of key interest was the fact
that 18 NP01’s have already been sold to date and they are already set to start
racing in 2016 with the NASA NP Championship Series.
“80 people jumped in the driver’s seat, proving that even
big drivers could fit. The largest was
6’5” at 325Lbs and with the pedals out at its furthest adjustment point, he
fit. We even saw a former F1, CART, IRL, GrandAM, NASCAR driver stop by
and comment how much he loved the car. He giggled when he was told the price
and said he wanted to be involved with the project in some way.” said John
Mueller NASA Strategic Marketing & Project Manager. Everyone was very impressed with the final
product and asked when the next track test day would be.
The NP Series will offer something unique in all of
motorsports - the opportunity to race a prototype style vehicle designed from
the ground up to be fast, fun, safe, and most importantly affordable. This new
series is exclusive to NASA. Drivers will be able to compete at any of the over
150 NASA sanctioned events nationwide. However, the main series will feature just 18
race weekends split into 3 areas across the country making it much easier for
competitors to contend for a championship. The series will visit many of the country's greatest
racing venues. The NP series will feature an innovative rules package focused
on performance, affordability, cost containment, and showcasing driver ability.
Lots of excitement in the crowd to get on track and race these new machines in
the NASA 2016 season.
National Auto Sport Association (NASA) was formed in 1991 with the premise of
delivering high-quality motorsports events to enthusiasts at major racing
venues throughout the nation. NASA has created programs that allow owners of
both racecars and high-performance street-driven vehicles to enjoy the full
performance capabilities of their cars in a controlled professionally managed
environment. NASA offers many different programs that will allow you to enjoy
motorsports on a number of different levels, including our High Performance
Driving Events (HPDE), Rally Sport, Time Trial, NASA-X and Competition Racing
information go to: https://www.nasaproracing.com/ or http://nasaprototype.com/