Five Star Kevlar/Composite body unveiled at Mansfield Myrtle Beach, S.C.-The first version of the new Kevlar/Composite body produced by Five Star RaceCar Bodies was unveiled at Mansfield Motorsports Speedway several weeks ago. And the Hooters...
Five Star Kevlar/Composite body unveiled at Mansfield
Myrtle Beach, S.C.-The first version of the new Kevlar/Composite body produced by Five Star RaceCar Bodies was unveiled at Mansfield Motorsports Speedway several weeks ago. And the Hooters Pro Cup Series competitors and crew chiefs took notice.
"They've done a wonderful job with body," said Darrin Shaw, crew chief for Shane Wallace. "If a piece gets knocked off, I'll be able to paint a new one and put it on rather than having to send the entire car to the body shop and paint booth."
The Five Star Kevlar/Composite bodies are not one-piece, allowing teams to restore their car to race-ready condition without mounting a full body. In addition to the easy maintenance, the new body drew rave reviews for other features as well.
"I'd put one on right now if I had it," said driver A.J. Frank, "just for the front end."
Point leader Clay Rogers agreed.
"Guys won't be complaining about downforce now," said Rogers.
Nor will they be complaining about the price. The body will cost competitors less than $4,000 when it becomes available later this year. Unlike other composite bodies on the market, the Five Star body does not require extra fabrication. The pieces come ready to mount. In addition, the body package includes the windows and spoiler.
"Five Star has put a lot of time and resources in this body, and it really shows," said Tony Cox, USAR Series Director. "They worked hard to keep the price down for our competitors, while still producing a top-notch product."
Starting in 2007, the Hooters Pro Cup Series will allow a new Kevlar/Composite body in competition, but the series will not mandate the body until 2008.
"The new all-composite body with aluminum doors and deck lid will be lighter than the existing body and will be extremely durable," said Carl Schultz, co-owner of Five Star. "It was aerodynamically-designed and wind-tunnel tested to assure good aero balance, improved downforce and low drag. One of the best features of this body is how easy it will be for race teams to install their own bodies and replace damaged panels. Along with the body, there will be a long list of time saving installation and body related accessories available.
"It has been a pleasure to work with the USAR officials throughout the design process, and we are excited to see the cars with the new body on the track next year."
In addition to being the "Official Body Manufacturer" of the Hooters Pro Cup Series, Five Star will join the series as an "Official Contingency" sponsor as well.
Through its contingency program, the stalwart body company will award two bodies to select competitors after the 2007 season and sponsor the "Five Star Hard Luck Award."