Riley Technologies reveals next generation in Daytona Prototype excellence
Four-time Rolex Constructors Champion ready to continue legacy of success with new Daytona Prototype entry
Daytona Beach, FL (4 January 2008)--Thursday marked the start of a new chapter in Rolex Sports Car Series competition as Riley Technologies revealed an all-new Daytona Prototype entry, the Riley Mk XX, in advance of the January Test Days at Daytona International Speedway.
The Mk XX marks the culmination of lessons learned during the 2004-2007 Rolex Sports Car Series seasons, which netted the constructor four straight Constructor Championships for its predecessor, the Mk XI. In addition, it stands as a remarkable display of the continued excellence of the engineering and Computational Fluid Dynamics capabilities for Riley Technologies.
Working with partner Siemens, Riley has evaluated every performance area and designed that knowledge into the Mk XX to maximize the performance capabilities for the new Daytona Prototype entry, which will take the green flag for the first time at the 46th Rolex 24 At Daytona on January 26th. Riley Tech took thirteen wins from fourteen races and had a near-monopoly on podium results in 2007. The team will face some new competition starting in 2008 but is confident about their newest product.
"We are really looking forward to seeing this car take to the track," said Riley Technologies VP Bill Riley. "This entire organization has stepped up to use all the tools we have at our disposal to not only create a competitive entry, but also to have this car ready to go in time for the test with the support our customers need to be competitive and ready to go in the 24. We know that we'll be facing some new challengers this year but we feel strongly that with the Mk XX , we will continue to have a successful presence in the Rolex Series."
The Mk XI, which stands out as one of sports car racing's most successful designs with forty-three feature race wins from fifty-four Rolex Sports Car Series race outings, will be a hard act to follow. But with Riley Technologies focusing their considerable engineering talent and technology resources on the new Mk XX entry, the constructor is looking forward to putting the new car to the test in competition.
"We've been working absolutely around the clock," said Riley Technologies General Manager Ron McMahon. "But if the car is as fast as we think it's going to be, it's going to be tremendously satisfying. That's what we are all about here, making reliable race cars that go as fast as possible. Everything that went into the design, development, and production for this new car has boosted our process significantly. It's been a big challenge, but we are proud of the effort we've put into not only a great new car, but also the support we are going to be able to offer our customers."
The Mk XX will not be the only Riley Technologies product to keep an eye on during the Rolex 24, as the Riley Rolex GT-class MK XV chassis has proven to be a popular choice. At least six MK XV-based teams have confirmed entry in the highly competitive class, which is expected to have over forty entries in the 2008 event.