Riley Technologies Set To Reveal Track Day Car This Saturday’s Bosch Engineering 250 at Virginia International Raceway will see scores of Riley Technologies-designed Daytona Prototype and GT class machines do battle in round 2 of the 2009 Rolex Sports Car Series. But not all the excitement will be on the track this weekend, as the famed manufacturer will also will be making the first public showing of Riley Technologies new Track Day Car (TDC).
The TDC was created to meet the growing demand for high performance vehicles for use at private track facilities, delivering an unparalleled driving experience while keeping costs at reasonable levels. Every Track Day Car comes with a wide range of options for each customer, based on their particular needs. Chassis #001 has been outfitted with flat-shift, data logging equipment, and the available passenger seat. All Track Day Cars are outfitted with Michelin tires, and are currently powered by a General Motors LS3 engine, available in two different power levels.
“We are really excited to be showing the new Track Day Car at VIR because the country club track environment there is exactly what this car was designed for,” said Riley Technologies VP Bill Riley. “We’ve already had a lot of interest from people in the paddock, and we know that after people see this car that they are going to be as excited about it as we are.”
Riley Technologies, which secured a fifth consecutive Rolex 24 at Daytona victory in January, is accustomed to building their machines to create maximum performance while conforming to the rules. With the Track Day Car not slated as a competition platform, the Riley engineers and designers had instead to keep a firm eye on a different set of constrictions through the engineering and design process.
“Our primary considerations through the entire design process was to make sure that the TDC was safe, fast, fun, and reasonable to run from a budget point of view,” said Riley Technologies President Bob Riley. “We did that a couple ways. First, we built the car with the most straightforward, robust materials available. Secondly, we thought a lot about how these cars were going to be used and drew on what we learn every race weekend. So for example in case someone goes off track and damages the car, we made sure that the splitter and the rear tail sections are both affordable. It wasn’t just about getting to a certain price point to sell the car, but also about keeping the operational costs as low as possible with reasonable spares.”
The task of designing with the bottom line, rather than the finish line, in mind was one that was relished by Riley Technologies staff.
“It was a great challenge, because as an engineer, your natural instinct is to create as much performance as you can imagine, but you can obviously get carried away with that,” continued Bob Riley. “So it was a constant focus for us to find as much performance while still keeping the costs to a level that we’d targeted. And this car will absolutely hit all the marks. No matter how our customers decide to option them out, there is so much performance in this car, I think people are going to just hate bringing it back into the paddock.”
The TDC will take to life for the first time on May 8th at Homestead Miami Speedway in a delivery shake down test day, which is available as part of the ownership experience for every Track Day Car. Factory Riley driver Marc Goossens will be called on for the shake down test and there will be full engineering support from the Riley Technologies staff as they see the newest Riley Technologies product hit the track and continue the firms legacy of success. The TDC ownership experience will also see customers benefit from the firms excellent support and spares program.
For more information or questions, please contact: Bill Riley, (704) 663-6319 *302
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