999 Motorsports USA was invited to demonstrate the Supersport at the brand new, very impressive Thermal Club, the world’s premier private motorsports facility! They were holding their first member track introduction day. The first phase of the track was completed and members and guests were eager to test their skills. We brought the Supersport out to give the members a chance to see how a real race car handles the track.
The 1.8 mile South Palm Circuit is the portion of the Alan Wilson designed track that is completed. All reports were that it was a very fun track!
The Thermal Club gave a presentation on the Villas and a preview of the next phases that will be completed at this amazing facility.
A full hot cooked to order breakfast was served, as well as a multi-course lunch! No one went hungry at The Thermal Club!
Plans and architectural drawings were shown for many of the planned facilities. Above is the Tuning Garage. They will have an onsite car prep and maintenance facility as well as car storage. Each member will have a Villa, with multi-car garages integral to the Villa. Nice!
We would like to thank Dave Jenkins and his entire organization for the opportunity to show our car at their beautiful emerging facility! The Supersport generated a lot of interest and is the perfect car for this type of location. The Thermal Club plans to have a regular weekly racing schedule in place and the Supersport is the ideal car for this. Members will be able to get hours of quality seat time in a real GT race car, hone and develop their skills, all for very low cost per mile. The Supersport is designed as a one make spec race car and we are happy that The Thermal Club is looking to the Supersport to provide this type of exciting racing at their track.
Go to www.thethermalclub.com for complete information on how to become a part of this gem in the Palm Springs, California area!
In addition to our usual on track videos, we have added a new video catagory, Garage Videos! We will be covering service and maintenance topics, aimed mostly at Supersport owners. Covering topics such as Aligning the Supersport, we will provide a knowledge base and reference tool for Supersport owners.
Next up will be videos covering topics such as Bleeding the Brakes, Properly Jacking Up the Supersport, Setting Up the RLC Dash, Adjusting the Seat and Pedal Positions, and much, much, more.
Take a look at the first in our series, Aligning the Supersport.
Race the Supersport on your iPhone or iPad! Download the Race Of Champions World Lite app (the new one) and start racing! Upgrade to the new Race Of Champions World app ($2.99) and select the Supersport to race real and fantasy tracks.
The Supersport will be a featured car in the 2013 running of the Race of Champions in Bangkok, Thailand. Get some practice laps in now!
“Take your chance to beat the greatest racers of motor sports in the official Race Of Champions cars and venues! Test your driving skills through a series of head-to-head races in identical cars on a parallel track, as seen in the actual ROC events.
Race Of Champions World, the sequel to Race Of Champions, brings back all the excitement from the first game and loads of new features.”
Race Of Champions World features:
• 4 new venues, including 3 imaginary ROC tracks situated in New York, Los Angeles and Miami.
• 2 new officially licensed ROC race cars: the Artega GT and the Supersport GT.
• Paddock to customize cars
• Driver’s Lounge to create your own avatar.
• Drive with the official cars and tracks of the event to be the best in the Championship, Duel and Challenge modes
Jackson Stewart, owner of 999 Motorsports USA will be at each Grand Am Continental Tire Challenge race this year, engineering the Aston Martin Vantage for Automatic Racing. The Supersport will be touring with him at many of the races, with plans to demo the car at many motorsports country clubs and tracks along the way.
If you will be at any of the Grand Am races this year stop by the Automatic Racing trailer and talk Supersports with Jackson! If you would like to set up a demo day at your track please let us know. We will be posting our schedule soon!
The Supersport Shares it’s Heart with the 2013 North American Car of the Year Cadillac ATS!
Both the Supersport and the Cadillac ATS use variants of the highly refined General Motors Ecotec series of engines.
The Supersport’s 2.0L direct injected turbo engine with a bore and stroke of 86 mm, dubbed the LNF, is tuned to make 345 hp and 330 lb.-ft. torque. The Ecotec in the Cadillac ATS sharing the same specifications, dubbed the LT6, is tuned for street use at 272 hp and 260 lb.-ft. torque.
The Ecotec engine family is a highly refined group of engines used world wide in a variety of vehicles by a variety of manufacturers. Featuring high specific output and robust construction the LNF has proven very reliable both in street use and in racing use, having been used in the highly successful Chevrolet Cobalt racing in Grand Am’s endurance series. The engine is the perfect choice to provide ample power and reliability to the Supersport!
After the cars are plumbed, wired, and the brakes and fuel cells added, the brand new General Motors 2.0 liter,turbocharged, direct injected LNF engine is installed in the car by our very experienced racing technicians.
We install an Aasco Performance lightweight aluminum flywheel and an Aasco Performance supplied heavy duty clutch.
Power is transmitted through the standard General Motors transaxle which is shifted by the sequential shifter.
An sequential dogbox is also available as an option when purchasing the car or as an upgrade at a later date.
In addition to the safety features of the chassis covered in an earlier post, driver safety and comfort are top priorities in the Supersport. OMP USA products are used throughout the cockpit of the car.
Standard equipment on the Supersport is a very nice OMP USA HTE seat which provides good lateral support and head protection. The seat is adjustable but is bolted in place to do away with unsafe sliding brackets.
We also use OMP USA seat belts which are designed for use with a HANS device.
The fire suppression system is also provided by OMP USA and is oversized. The bottle is mounted in the cockpit near the driver with the activation mechanism within easy reach on the dash.
The fire retardant is fed through five nozzles. Two are in the cockpit pointed at the driver.
Three nozzles are directed in the engine compartment to quickly extinguish an engine fire.
All nozzles are fed through aluminum tubing for maximum protection.
An OMP steering wheel with a Woodward quick release hub mounted on a Woodward collapsible steering column provide good steering feel and safety. In addition to the added safety features, the positioning of the driver in the middle of the car gives the maximum amount of crush zone around the driver in case of side impact.
999 Motorsports USA delivered the first US completed Supersport to new owner Calvin Kalishek on December 7th. Calvin and brother Rob traveled from Sand Springs, Oklahoma to Rosamond, California to participate in the final assembly of chassis #008. Calvin’s choice of the Supersport was the result of an exhaustive two year research project covering many available high performance track day cars.
Calvin was able to get hands on experience with bleeding brakes, setting the alignment, and learning the workings of the RLC Racing Digital Data Logger Dash.
The car was set up for Calvin to run his home track, Hallett Motor Racing Circuit in Jennings, Oklahoma, a 1.7 mile circuit.
Calvin, on the right, and his brother Rob enjoyed the unusually warm and fantastic weather that held the entire time they were here.
The car was completed and rolled out into the night. Calvin completed a brief test drive to check out all systems.
After the successful test drive, the car was loaded on the trailer and Calvin and Rob headed out, intent on getting the new car into Cal’s garage as soon as possible. We believe the grin on his face was still there as he passed through Albuquerque!
We at 999 Motorsports USA would like to thank Calvin for his patience and firm belief that the Supersport was the car of his dreams. It was a pleasure getting to know both Calvin and Rob and we welcome them into the Supersport family!