Carbir announces C4 Daytona Prototype.
April 10, 2002 Grafton, WI - Carbir Race Cars released images and specifications today for the new Carbir C4 Daytona Prototype as company president Brian Utt announced that the Wisconsin-based manufacturer is moving forward with the project.
"Carl Seaberg and I came out of the meeting (Grand Am Daytona Prototype summit meeting held last week in Indianapolis) in enthusiastic agreement to give the C4 the green light," said Utt. "After listening to what Roger Edmondson, Mark Raffauf, and Dave Watson had to say, we are confident that Grand Am's vision and long term commitment to the Daytona Prototype program will create a strong demand for the Carbir C4."
Carbir has been at the forefront of the new class since it's inception, with Utt attending the initial Daytona Prototype meeting at Daytona in January and Technical Director Carl Seaberg working on design and project planning.
"I've been following the development of the regulations through direct communications with Grand Am officials, so the basic concept of the C4 is pretty well advanced," said Seaberg. "Right now I'm finishing up the design of the wind tunnel model chassis and completing layout drawings for the Grand Am technical staff to review. We are also actively pursuing engine installation information from several approved engine manufacturers."
Carbir Race Cars was founded in 1995 by Brian Utt and Carl Seaberg for the purpose of introducing a new sports racing car, the Carbir CS2, to North American competition. At its first race, the new car set the competitive benchmark for all of the company's future projects, qualifying on the pole and leading by over 15 seconds until bodywork damage led to its retirement.
In 1997, its first full year of competition, the CS2 dominated the ACRL series (pro Sports 2000) with three victories, six pole positions, and six fastest race laps en route to the Championship. Since then, the CS2 has continued to post numerous track records and race wins, and has won multiple season titles in the SCCA Sports 2000 National Championship and ACRL Championship. In demonstration of the car's versatility, eight different drivers took their CS2's to victory lane in 9 of the 14 ACRL events held in 2001.
Carbir entered the formula car market in 1998 with its introduction of the DS3 Formula Ford 2000. In its first year, the DS3 claimed a victory and fastest race lap in the ultra-competitive USFF2000 Series. That was followed by back-to-back championships in the American Continental Championship Series in 2000 and 2001.
Through the end of 2001 Carbir Race Cars has delivered 28 cars, and continues to receive orders for its race-winning cars. Several CS2s are presently in production and scheduled for delivery in spring 2002, including one for export to England to compete in the SRCC Sports 2000 Pro Series. Projects under way at Carbir for 2002-2003 include a C Sports Racer and the Daytona Prototype.
Brian Utt, President and Business Director of Carbir Race Cars, has enjoyed a wide-ranging and successful career in the racing industry. Starting out as a constructor of tube-frame chassis' for IMSA GTO and Trans Am competition in the early 1980's, Brian also had success as a driver and team owner in that period. In 1981 Brian started Motorsport Composites, specializing in composite parts for the racing industry, and has built up a customer base which today includes auto industry OEM's and well-known race car manufacturers. Since 1995, Brian has grown Carbir into a company that has constructed nearly 30 racecars that continue to set new records each year. Brian currently oversees both Motorsport Composites and Carbir, and has also run Carbir factory teams in both the ACRL and USFF2000 Series.
Carl Seaberg, Technical director of Carbir Race Cars and designer of the Carbir CS2 Sports 2000, has recently come on board at Carbir full time following five years at Indianapolis-based race car constructor Riley & Scott, most recently as Chief Designer. Prior to that, Carl was a Project Manager at Pratt & Miller Engineering, responsible for P&M's design and construction projects for GM Racing in Trans Am, GTS, and Pikes Peak competition. Carl also has racing experience as a team manager and race engineer for an IMSA GTP team, crew chief in pro S2000, and mechanic for factory-supported Trans Am and IMSA GTO teams.