ALMS: Unlimited Racing Championship to feature Can-Am-style cars


My prayers have been answered!!  Check this out… (Now if they only let racers build their own!)

ALMS NuArt Can-Am car.

The American Le Mans Series over the weekend announced its association with the Unlimited Racing Championship (URC) as the new “Heritage Series” for the ALMS’s 2012 season and beyond. The URC will feature identically built NuArt CanAm cars reminiscent of the “glory days” of the Canadian-American Challenge Cup (Can-Am) from the 1960s and ’70s.

According to URC, the NuArt CanAm cars are “purpose-built from the ground up and engineered for safety, aerodynamics, driver comfort and speed. These magnificent cars feature spectacular 700-plus hp, big-block V8 engines and state-of-the-art aerospace-quality components with an emphasis on safety.”

“This project was years in the making,” said Richard Nauert, founder of the URC and designer of the NuArt CanAm car. “We analyzed the original Can-Am cars, remaining true to the visual, as well as spiritual concept.

“Components like big-block engines, 12-inch steel brakes, and Can-Am intakes were just some of the historical elements we maintained in the NuArt CanAm car. Despite the tribute to the original cars, at the same time, they are particularly relevant to the ALMS because we loaded them with modern technology. The technology is specifically to make them safe, have longevity, and be flexible for a wide range of driver skills.”

The new URC series plans to feature identically prepared NuArt CanAm cars, racing against one another on original historical Can-Am circuits around North America. The format includes eight races: two 30-minute races on each of four ALMS circuits beginning in 2012. Cars will be fully prepped for owners and drivers by the URC series organizer and ready to race at each venue.

Initial cars are offered at $485,000.

Read more: http://www.autoweek.com/article/20110919/ALMS/110919870#ixzz1YVV5Tdaev

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