Racing at any level can get quite expensive, not to mention time-consuming. Given this, it’s no surprise that new models have started popping up, which eliminate much of the hassle for would be drivers.
One such company, Texas Autosports, offering an “arrive and drive type racing series meeting Formula Mazda specification in Texas, where participants owned the cars but had all of the mechanical work, transport, and maintenance performed by on staff mechanics, ran such an operation through 2014; by the looks of their outdated website though, the company no longer appears to be operational.
In the karting world, such types of promotion are becoming increasingly common, but not much else is available in the way of higher competition, at least in the US; it looks as if there is a bit more variety available in Europe. Now enter EXR Racing, a firm which aims to popularize the aforementioned model, where drivers can either buy in for the season or show up for a weekend of fun.
EXR’s promotion is based on the EXR LV02, which looks to sport a BMW-esque body, constructed on a tubular chassis. A 230 horsepower 2.0 liter straight four sends power to the six speed, sequential gearbox with paddle shifters, in turn driving the rear wheels. Though the power number may not seem too substantial, the car only weighs in at a mere 1,653 lbs.
EXR sport a sixteen weekend season with both sprint and endurance racing formats at tracks across Nevada and California. A one-weekend buy-in will cost around $4,990 to participate in a sprint-type race, compared to $9,990 for an endurance race; endurance races can be made more affordable by the fact that teams of up to four drivers are allowed. In contrast to Texas Autosports’ model, drivers ostensibly do not own, in whole or in part, any of the cars. A five day Superfinal is available at the end of the season, with competitors eligible to win a $100,000 grand prize.
Including amenities such as coaching, race classes, and practice tracks, the company offers a variety of different packages, across various price-points, also emphasizing their “a la carte” model of operations. More information can be obtained from EXR’s offical brochure, or via their website.