Everything You Wanted to Know About NASA's NASA Prototype Racing Series
The primary goals for the SEBECO NP01-EVO NASA Prototype were simple: Create the world’s most affordable closed-cockpit prototype racecar that offers the highest performance per dollar spent. Make it fast. Make it fun. Make it safe. The NP01-EVO does all that, and it puts a huge smile on the face of anyone who drives it.
The SEBECO NP01-EVO NASA Prototype is a fully tube framed, composite body racecar designed from the ground up to achieve all those goals. With emphasis on affordability and durability, the NP01 EVO is more cost-effective to campaign than many production cars converted for racing, and it’s faster than nearly all of them. And by the way, the cars that outperform the NASA Prototype often cost tens, if not hundreds, of thousands of dollars more.
Designed and built to compete in NASA Prototype racing series, the NP01-EVO also is eligible to race in NASA’s Super Touring category, so you’ll always have a place to race.
Horsepower — 210
Torque — 153 pound feet
Compression ratio — 10.8:1
Tires, size, brand and prices
Hoosier NP01 racing slick, 235-620-17, $245 each
Hoosier W2 Rain Tire, 225-45-17, $280 each
Brakes, brands and prices
Hawk HT10 $150 to $200
$69,995 price tag for a racecar isn’t within everybody’s reach.
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Honestly, not quite yet. However, we are getting there. For that reason, the 2021 season will again feature two championships available for program participants to contest. Both based in the United States, one will be focused on the West Coast and the other on the East Coast. This will allow the 42 cars sold as of November 2020 to be focused at these events bolstering competition while providing the series the ability to visit bucket list tracks in the United States.
Absolutely! Unlike most prototypes and sports racers developed for the general consumer, the NP01 Evo was designed from the ground up to be comfortable for the widest array of drivers possible. This includes tall and short, wide and skinny! We’ve had drivers up to 6-feet 7-inches tall comfortably pilot an NP01.
100 percent! We’ve hosted drivers in excess of 300 pounds during NP01 testing. However, it should be mentioned that the minimum race weight in the series is based on a 225-pound driver to provide a level playing field for the widest range of competitors out there.
You certainly don’t. The high majority of the existing customers of the program maintain their own cars before and during race weekends. The cars are amazingly easy to work on and maintain. Once you have the opportunity to work on one, you’ll never really want to go back to working on anything based on a street car again.
That is one of the best parts of this program. Every car is identical in prep, so in theory, they should all carry roughly the same price. While some have more options installed, they all have the same performance level because of the strict spec nature of the series. A new car costs just under $70K from the factory, so depending on hours of use, cars should be around or below that level on the used market.
While that used to be the case, our new program partners in SEBECO are doing an amazing job at reducing costs for our racing community. The majority of parts in the program have enjoyed a staggering 50 percent reduction in retail cost after SEBECO took over. All parts need to be purchased through SEBECO and they do a great job of keeping all the parts on the shelf for competitors. The car is more affordable to campaign than it ever has been.
Simple! There is absolutely nothing available as a new race vehicle that can compete with the speed per dollar that the NP01 Evo brings to the table. The NP01 Evo can turn the same lap times as cars costing two to five times the price all while being somewhere between 75 to 80 percent cheaper from an operational cost perspective. You simply can’t buy anything at the moment that can replicate the lap times and cost efficiency of the NP01 Evo.
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