Introduction

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.

The NASA Prototype Series was created to meet the needs of competitors seeking an extremely competitive, cost-effective platform utilizing a purpose-built, closed-cockpit prototype-style chassis specifically designed with the series goals in mind; fun, fast, safe and affordable. The series’ focus is on driver skill by way of intentionally limiting the number of electronic aids and adjustments available to series competitors. This emphasizes driver skill over car setup and assists in limiting costs further.
SEBECO NP01-EVO
$69,995, readily available new through SEBECO Motorsport

Horsepower — 210

Torque — 153 pound feet

Compression ratio — 10.8:1

1,450 pounds without driver
91 octane pump gas
No modifications permitted other than adding fluids, foam-fitting the seat, harnesses and side nets, driver cooling system, radio communications, lighting, auxiliary electric gauges and thermal hose sleeves.
Average cost to run a weekend — $1,600, estimated

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

Hawk Performance, Hoosier Racing Tire, Mazda, MCS. More programs will be announced in the future.
Because this is a Mazda-powered vehicle, Championship-winning drivers are entered as semifinalists in the annual Mazda MX-5 Cup Shootout.
Fast, lightweight, closed-cockpit prototype racecar built and engineered for reliability, durability and lower operating costs than anything in this performance segment. No-lift shifts, low fuel consumption.

$69,995 price tag for a racecar isn’t within everybody’s reach.

  • 5.2. Two side nets meeting NASA CCR specifications must be installed
  • 5.4. One additional hand held 2.5-lb. fire extinguisher may be added (car must retain original on board fire system)
  • 6.2.1 Up to ten (10) chassis rub blocks are permitted to be attached to the underside of the chassis, splitter and side floors to eliminate bottoming damage. The pads shall be no larger than 2” wide x 2” long x 1” thick. These rub blocks shall serve no other purpose and may be of any material except titanium.
  • 6.3.2 Racers/Gaffers tape may be used to repair crash damage, or as a precautionary means of securing the body retaining fasteners. Crash damage is defined as having occurred during the current event, and the tape should be of an appropriate color if possible. Tape may not close body seams.
  • 6.3.8 Air intake scoop extension (Sebeco P/N: NP01-40-070) is permitted.
  • 6.4. Rear Wing A gurney (wicker) may be fabricated or purchased provided it follows these requirements: A maximum height 26mm. Gurney must be installed only in the provided unmodified grove on the wing. This gurney must be 90 degrees to the mounting surface and its height must remain constant across the entire width of the component span.
  • 6.8.1. Transaxle/drivetrain repair utilizing OEM parts from Sadev is permitted
  • 6.8.2 REM, Cryo or any treatment of transmission parts is specifically forbidden as it has been found to shorten the life of the gears/transmission.
  • 6.10. Fuel System Only readily available pump gas (89-93 octane) is legal in the NP series. Discovery of “exotic,” “custom” or otherwise oxygenated fuels (other than pump gasoline) will result in immediate disqualification. Competitors must be prepared to provide fuel samples upon request at any time.
  • 6.13.1 Ride height will be measured WITH driver. The minimum ride height is 2.25” at any point on the chassis/splitter/body not to include any bodywork hardware (rivets/nuts/screws).
  • 6.16.1 Alignment adjustments are permitted within the limits of the suspension components.

FAQ

Questions and Answers to Feed Your Curiosity

$69,950 picked up from SEBECO Motorsport in Hoschton, Ga.

Yes, a few. However, nearly all of them at this point need to be updated to the 2021 NP01 Evo spec. If you’re looking for a pre-owned NP01, it is best to contact either SEBECO or Aldrin Villanueva at NASA because they both keep fairly close tabs on the used NP01 market.

Indeed! We have relaunched the car and series for 2021. The SEBECO NP01 Evo is an evolution of the original NP01 launched in 2015. This newly refined car has more power, grip, aero and, thanks to our good friends at SEBECO, it’s now cheaper! The Evo car is insanely quick and represents the fastest, most economical racing car of its kind, with a dedicated racing series in which to campaign it: NASA Prototype. The Evo package is included on every new car SEBECO sells. The package is also available to existing customers of the program for $4,635. The Evo package consists of an upgraded engine making more horsepower (upgrade existing engine, $2,500), a relocation kit for the rear wing ($500), a new rear diffuser ($1,250), and splitter ramps ($385). In total, the Evo kit produces staggering improvements to its performance and balance, and makes the car even more fun to drive!

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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