With regard to the difficulty involved in showcasing a motorsport company´s ability in various motosport disciplines with one and the same caris mere impossible but possibly compromising its potential, Carcouture has decided to build several demo cars for the numerous existing motorsport disciplines. These demo cars will be raced by Carcouture and their drivers in motorsport races and events nationally and internationally.
The current state of our demo cars can be view in Projects. Once a project is finished it serves its purpose as a Demo car. With time, Carcouture willhave have a fleet or Demo cars running to showcase all motorsport disciplines we are interested in.
Time attack, also known as Super Lap or Tuner Battles in Japan, was an event that showcased the potential of the aftermarket tuning industry. Most logically tuning comoanies chose the most potent standard cars to develop their Time Attack Vehicles. Most commonly seens in Time Attack events are Evo´s, Impreza´s, RX-7´s, NSX´s, GT-R´s of all age and also more exotic vehicles. Main focus is power, aerodynamics and weight. Regulations say to keep the firewall in place and to use strictly E-marked tires. Most famous Time Attack car over the past years is the CyberEvo.
In Time Attack every team has open runs to achieve the fastest lap. Time Attack is the ideal entry into motorsport, as the budget can be kept under control easily. The format was so successful, that we now compete in Time Attack all over the world. The Grand Finale is the annual World Time Attack Challenge with tuners from all around the world competing for the Time Attack crown.
Largely as a result of the popularity of the tuning industry, the name appears as a category for modified production vehicles at the annual Pikes Peak International Hill Climb utilizing time attack regulations allowing aftermarket modifications to the car.
Sprint racing is a form of motorsport, where cars are categorized by its displacement and raced in a circuit for 12 laps or a 30 minute time limit. This is a very popular discipline here in central and eastern europe, and can be financially very demanding. This depends on the car and the technological spec as battles with competitors are common and sometimes crashes are inevitable.
Most common sprint race cars are the WTCC cars, production based vehicles with highly modified engines, drivetrain, suspension and safety features. Cup cars, GT3, GT4, Supertropheo, DTM and similar race cars are all perfect sprint cars.
Endurance races are about the durability of parts and of course about the endurance of the teams and drivers. Teams have up to 4 drivers to cover the given time with the most number of finished laps. Alternatively, some races are finished when a certain number of laps is finished.
One of the more common lengths of endurance races has been running for 1,000 kilometres (620 mi), or roughly six hours. Longer races can run for 1,000 miles (1,600 km), 12 hours, or even 24 hours. At club level racing, a race taking either 30 minutes or 1 hour could be considered as an endurance race. Professionals race up to 24h a race with the most famous race being the 24h du LeMans, 24h am Nürburgring and the 24h of Spa Francorchamps.
Cars used in endurance races can vary, depending on the class competing in. LMP´s, are technically rather a Prototype than a production based race car due to the individually designed tube - or monocoque chassis. All other endurance cars are production based race cars with extended tube frame roll cages and purposeful parts and equioment refulated by the governong body. Main focus are durable parts, with extremely well designed cooling systems and well setup to save tires.
Refering to prototype car cars, we always look at so called spaceframes or monocoques from various materials or a material mix. These cars are pure race cars build for a special purpose and are constructed from scratch. Prototypes use aerodynamically enhanced body kits. and are usually not production based race cars. For this reason prototypes usually race with formula cars as these have much in common, except the aerodynamics. Here we have high power output with a extremely stiff and feather light chassis.
Club level Prototypes are especially popular in the last years as they outperform almost everything prouction based and the interesting prices.Maybe most famous Prototype would be the Audi R18 with the 3 consecutive LeMans wins. Interesting entry level prototypes are the Radical, Juno and the Praga R4S.
Racing up a strech of mountail road or hillclimbing is a competition against time. Usually held over a course of a weekend, with a qualification and two races each day, these events are a tradition in Europe with the first hillclimb organized in La Turbie near Nice, France, 31 January 1897. Most famous hillclimbs are the Pikes Peak and the Goodwood Festival of Speed.
There are many different types of cars competing in hillclimbs. From Formula 3 cars, GT cars of all classes to DTM, Rally cars and specifically built hillclimb prototypes it really is the capability of the driver that define what is suitable for hillclimbing. Interesting classes make up for a great competition and interesting to the viewer. Most inspiring hillclimb special for Carcouture always was the Pikes Peak Escudo and Georg Plaza´s Judd 134. R.I.P. Georg
Carcouture´s focus on street registered car is improved handling- and power/torque-to-weight ratio, individual aesthetic and aerodynamic look. We have the philosophy "less is more" in regard to style and love the "Sleeper" movement in regard to power. Carcouture´s specialty are engine conversions with an oem look in the engine bay. This opens entirely new possibilities. Most inspiring street cars are the Manhart Racing M3 V10 as well as the V8R and the MTM RS6
Every car can be modified and improved in every area, with various models being more popular than other. Basicall, it is down to the potential of the car in standard form what determines the outcome. Carcouture likes to be different and likes to find solutions that are uncommon. The more demanding the challange the more we like the idea. Street cars can be very expensive, depending on availability of parts, but generally everything can be custom made.
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Drag racing is, when two cars race next to each other for a straight 1/4 mile or 402 meters and first to cross the finish line wins. The simple focus here is power and traction at the start line. There are many different profesional classes under the biggest Drag Association NHRA, the most famous are Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock, Pro Stock Motorcycle, Top Alcohol Dragster, and Top Alcohol Funny Cars. The Nissan GT-R32 is a notorious drag machine and holds several records in the 4WD-class, with the world record time going into the mid 7 seconds.
With power levels easily exceeding 1000ps, stresses on the parts are extreme and so are the modifications necessary to the engine and drivetrain to produce and put the power to the ground in the first place. We are looking at methanol fueling, extreme boost pressures, huge turbochargers, dry sumps and other nice gadgets. Drag cars are extremely light, are solely designed to go straight and have everything unnecessary to go fast thrown out.
Carcouture loves the Heat Treatment GT-R32 and has been following the Drag Scene at Sendai in Japan for a while. There are plans to build an own drag demo car, but nothing concrete has been put on paper yet.