Unlimited Racing, the Can-Am-esque rent-a-ride series of big-block-powered McLaren M8 replicars, announced for 2012 it will finally be hitting the track in 2013, according to series spokespersons.
Renamed “The Le Mans Heritage Series: the Unlimited Racing Championship,” and running pairs of 30-minute sprint races at select American Le Mans Series events starting at Laguna Seca in May, this innovative racing business proposition brings back the best of the legendary Can-Am era (1966–1974) melded with modern safety and performance advantages.
Drivers will compete in identical Southwestern Performance NuArt Can-Am cars, designed to look like vintage racers and powered with pavement-ripping 494-cubic-inch Chevy V8s like the originals, but built out of modern composites with all the latest safety features.
The NuArt cars can be tuned to produce up to 700 bhp, and on modern tires and brakes, might approach the performance of the original Group 7 Can-Am machines, which at some tracks were faster than formula one cars of the day.The series took longer than anticipated to attract drivers, but has since signed up enough interested drivers to guarantee a 2013 launch.
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