As big as racing gets!
Elan Motorsport Technologies set to begin "Big" project.
Elan Motorsports Technologies is already the largest producer of racing vehicles in the world in terms of volume, but in 2003, the Georgia-based company will also manufacture the biggest racing vehicles in the world in terms of size.
The Super Truck Racing Association of North America (STRANA) has selected EMT to manufacture the spec rolling chassis for the Super Truck Racing Championship Series.
As part of the exclusive, multi-year agreement, Elan also will provide technical support to the series as well as teams.
The construction of the Super Truck chassis is a unique addition to EMT manufacturing capabilities. EMT already builds the Panoz G Force IRL IndyCar Series chassis as well as the world-renowned Van Diemen Formula Ford and spec series open wheel class cars.
EMT was also selected earlier this year to produce the new high-tech spec chassis for the Formula Star Mazda series.
The EMT facilities feature full in-house design, fabrication, machining and composite construction capabilities and includes specialist services companies Elan Power Products, Elan Precision and Elan Composites.
The manufacturing of several race trucks will begin immediately and will be completed by late spring, after which Elan will supervise testing, modifications and set up prior to this summers Super Truck Celebrity Challenge events.
Teams will purchase the spec rolling chassis from Elan and have the opportunity to use one of several approved engines from a variety of manufacturers, and select cosmetics to replicate a North American class-8 brand of their choice.
"The opportunity to join forces with STRANA in this project is an outstanding opportunity for our organization,"said David Bowes, Chief Executive Officer of Elan Motorsports Technologies.
"This relationship came to fruition because we share STRANAs vision and belief in its long-term viability.
"While we are well known for the construction of open wheel racing cars, this project really highlights what this company is all about. EMT is a specialist engineering organization which prides itself on achieving success in the high pressure world of motorsport.
"The attention to detail required for success on the track for projects like the super truck program is carried over to all our other non-racing projects."
Elan Motorsports Technologies is part of the Panoz organization, the parent company of the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA), which is STRANAs sanctioning body.
"The selection of Elan as our exclusive chassis manufacturer is the culmination of 21-months of work," said STRANA Executive Director Brian Till.
"It means teams that have signed letters of interest in racing now have something to purchase.
"Elan is a recognized leader in motorsports, and STRANA is proud to be associated with them. This relationship ultimately assures that STRANA super trucks will be high performing, economically efficient and safe," said Till.
Based in suburban Columbus, Ohio, STRANA is the governing body for class-8 super truck racing in North America. Its mission is to promote super truck racing and the trucking and transportation industry.