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Budget racing car
- Published: 29 Jan 2011 at 01.04
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Did you know there is a Thai-made racing car that is within the budget of many local drivers?
Budget racing car
Those racing cars you see in F1 and NASCAR racing cost tens of millions of baht to build and maintain. They are the kind of cars your ordinary driver can only dream of.
There is a Thai-made racing car, however, that is within the budget of many local drivers.
It is called the Hacker and is produced by 999 Motorsports, a small-scale factory in Bang Phlee, Samut Prakan. The Hacker’s price is $22,000 (around 900,000 baht).
Speaking exclusively to the Bangkok Post’s Life section, Christophe Martin of 999 Motorsports says 90% of the Hacker’s components are sourced locally. He says he was attracted to building racing cars in the country due to an extensive spare parts industry and labour costs that are lower than in Europe.
The engine in the Hacker, for instance, is a 1.5-litre engine used in the Toyota Vios/Yaris which, according to Martin, allows for reliability and extensive spare parts availability. Other components like the carbon fibre body, interior panels, wheels and tyres come from Thai suppliers.
The Hacker is designed for racers on a low budget.
Martin stresses that making a Hacker car in Europe could cost nearly twice as much as producing it in Thailand.
Once they buy their racing cars, Martin believes many drivers will want to race them and he says he is working on that as well.
He says 999 Motorsports is in the process of finding an organiser to host a Thai racing series which could get off the ground as early as this year.
The driver sits in the middle of the cockpit—just like in most single-seat racing cars.
Although the timing of the event has yet to be finalised, Martin thinks that racing during the traditional racing off-season is ideal in Thailand due to the cooler climate during October to March.
Such a time could attract foreigners who usually escape the cold winters in their home countries by coming to Thailand on long holidays.
Adapted from a story by Richard Leu in Thursday’s Bangkok Post.
There is much more information in the original story which you can read here: http://bit.ly/hOYq0x
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