For those who haven’t been keeping score, Danrick Builders has announced that the first project at Attesa is going to be the membership or club circuit. We hope to break ground this fall, complete construction without compromise and be open for business as quickly as possible.
The soon-to-be-released track design is almost final, we’ve lined up the best track building specialists in the industry and, as a gift to people who can’t wait to drive fast at Attesa, we’re offering ‘Ground Breaker’ memberships from now until we start moving dirt: Only $5495 per year + $295 per month, including 20 track days a month, with two of those days on weekends.
To reserve your place in line, go to the Membership tab and sign up, with no obligation or payment due until construction commences.
Obviously, we’re plenty excited here at Danrick Builders. After more than four years we’re finally legal, entitled, approved, rezoned and blessed by the red tape gods – meaning we can finally get started fulfilling our vision.
So naturally we’ve been bench racing and thinking about what kind of vehicles we want to see on track when we go green on day one. Let’s start with arguably the most popular cars for club tracks and their Mario Andretti wannabe owner/drivers.
The BMW M3, introduced over 30 years ago for racing homologation needs, has evolved with constant improvements in both horsepower and handling. There are five generations now, all featuring top quality, German engineering, performance and finish. The 2018 version offers a twin-turbo inline-6 that generates 454 hp and 443 lb⋅ft of torque. The outside features a carbon fiber front spoiler, a rear diffuser and a rear lip spoiler along with 19″ front and 20″ rear wheels.
They’re easy to drive fast, readily available and (comparatively) affordable, the ideal vehicle for entry into racing. We love the M3 but honestly, just about any BMW is going to look great screaming around Attesa.
The Chevrolet Corvette has been around since 1953, a preferred ride that, ever since the mid 60’s (when it started getting decent power, suspension and brakes) has been an enthusiast favorite. We know everyone is excited about the new, mid-engine C8 and who wouldn’t be. GM has been talking about one, leaking drawings and renderings and supposed clay models of it for nearly three decades. But the ‘classic’ front-engine Corvette is still what you’ll see most often at the track; at least for the next five years.
Perhaps the best value is the 2006-2014 C6 with a dry sump LS7 7.0 liter aluminum V8 pumping out more than 500 hp. A forged-steel crank, titanium rods and alloy frame add to the package, which is considered the best Corvette until the swan song C7, which is now about to cease production.
The Porsche 911 is the gold standard for high performance driving, having been around since 1963 and a beneficiary of continuous development by the mad scientists in Stuttgart. From its very humble beginnings, with its original air-cooled, 130 hp 2.0 liter six, the 2019 911 GT2 RS boasts a twin turbo, 3.8 liter engine with 691 hp plus state-of-the-art suspension bits, massive brakes and new aero mods.
Just an FYI, Porsche has won both the 24 hours of Le Mans and Rolex 24 at Daytona OVERALL with race-prepped variants of the 911 street car. Every time the pundits predict the 911 is no longer viable, with its rear, not mid-engine design that requires an entirely different style of driving, the factory ups its game and introduces a model that blows some other, equally expensive car’s doors off. It seems the company’s old tag line, ‘There is no substitute,’ still remains true.
Ferrari is the most famous performance brand in the world and the 488 proves why. It’s 3.9 liter, twin-turbocharged V8 pumps out 661 hp and uses a F1-based seven-speed gearbox. It was named ‘Supercar of the Year 2015’ by Top Gear Magazine and Motor Trend’s 2017 ‘Best Driver’s Car.’ The 488 goes 0-60 in less than three seconds with a top speed of 205 mph. It has carbon fiber disc brakes with a body uncompromisingly shaped for maximum downforce with minimal drag. It may not be as famous as it’s predecessor the 308, (which appeared in TV shows like Magnum P.I. and Miami Vice, and movies like National Lampoon’s Vacation, Billy Madison, Cannonball Run and Beverly Hills Cop II) but the 488 was built for go, as well as show. Buckle up, big boy.
Motorcycles? Our circuit will be FIM rated to allow actual, sanctioned racing for many different classes. There are too many candidates to choose one favorite, as Ducati, Honda, Kawasaki, Yamaha and Suzuki all make unbelievably fast bikes as do Triumph, BMW, Aprilia and MV Agusta. We even hope to see some of the new electric bikes on track.
Open wheel race cars will be welcome, including perhaps the fastest-growing class in the world: Formula 4. Powered by a 2.0 liter Honda K20C1 four-banger (essentially Civic Type R engines minus the turbocharger), these U.S. spec single-seat racers features a six-speed sequential gearbox and Max Crawford – penned chassis built by Onroak. They’re the perfect bridge between kart racing and competition in full size formula cars.
Honorable mention: The ubiquitous Formula Ford. 2019 represents the series’ 50th anniversary and while their popularity has waned there are still plenty of them (estimate: 1000!) out there. Many vintage rages draw fields of 40 and more and talk about heritage; F1 world champions Emerson Fittipaldi, James Hunt, Jody Scheckter, Ayrton Senna, Michael Schumacher, Damon Hill, and Jacques Villeneuve all drove Formula Fords on their way to the top.
Saving (perhaps) the best for last, we’re looking forward to the first appearance of an NP01 prototype at Attesa. This car was designed by the late Don Panoz’s Elan Motorsports as an affordable club racer with a sealed, 185 hp Mazda engine, four-corners-alike suspension, brakes and hubs (to simplify spare parts inventory) and easily replaceable body sections. Elan invested well over $1 million in developing the car and nearly 36 have been built, mostly for NASA events. The NP01 has a great reputation for being simple to work on, relatively cheap to maintain and a whole lot of fun to drive — even with the spec street tires they come with, and an engine that could deliver a few more ponies.
There are other entry-level sports car we’d like to see at Attesa, like the Radical, Elan DP02 (discontinued in 2017), Stohr WF1 and Wolf GB08. Some of these cars use motorcycle engines but still provide a real thrill. Of course, for real thrills we’ll be anxious to see our first SVRA or historics race at Attesa, including some honest-to-goodness Can Am, IndyCar and NASCAR race cars.
That’s our list; the first performance vehicles that came to mind. So what kind of sports car, stock car, open wheelers and bikes are you looking forward to seeing driven to their limits?