LoveFab, Inc. and its owner/driver, Cody Loveland, have revealed a lighter and more powerful "Enviate" Unlimited class racer based on a Acura NSX, to be driven by Loveland in this year's Pikes Peak International Hillclimb, looking to better its second-place finish in class last year.
The car features a twin-turbocharged, dry-sumped LS1 engine, ultra-lightweight chromoly tube-chassis and a full carbon fiber body. The only original NSX components are the subframes and suspension.
"We have three full time fabricators that work a standard eight hour day on LoveFab's projects, and then pull double-duty as fabricators for the race team until midnight or later every day of the week. I'm so thankful to be surrounded by such a fantastic team that's as driven as I am to the race program," said Loveland. "This is significant, because the first week of March 2013, I made the decision to step it up another notch, and build a tube chassis tub to replace the caged NSX tub. The 400lb weight reduction will put the car in a competitive power-to-weight zone, which many of the other Unlimited cars will be running within.
"Our goal is to fall somewhere in the 800lb/ft torque range, while still tipping the scales at just under 2,000lbs. One of the lessons learned last year was that you need torque to pull the car out of the corners, hence our swap to a V8 powerplant. The car is slated to begin testing May 1, so we have our work cut out for us to hit this goal."
Loveland is also counting on his new backing from Continental Tire to provide a significant boost.
"Continental's sticky tire compounds will be a crucial key to a successful year. The cold temperatures in the morning combined with the unlimited tire rule means we can choose the stickiest compound available, and that means the tires will be able to be brought up to temperature more quickly," he explained.
The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is the second-oldest motor race in America and a longstanding tradition in Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak Region. First run in 1916, this year's race on Sunday, June 30, marks the 91st running of the “Race to the Clouds.”
The race is run on a 12.42-mile course with 156 turns that begins at 9,390 ft and finishes at the 14,110 ft summit of