Élan NP01 Prototype

Check out this article about the building of our NP01 chassis #6

Designed from the ground up for Speed, Safety and Cost Efficient Racing, the Élan NP01 breaks new ground as the first reasonably priced, single seat, closed cockpit, racecar ever produced.  Purpose built for the newly announced NASA Prototype Series, the NP01 brings real prototype style and performance to the everyday competitor at a staggeringly affordable price point.

A sleek aerodynamic body, a super strong chassis, a proven Mazda engine with a sequential gearbox are all the right ingredients for a safe, fun and easily maintained race car.

While the NP01 is definitely a great looking car, safety was the number one design criteria. The NP01 chassis is extremely strong incorporating a full roll cage and side impact protection in addition to the enclosed cockpit. The interior space is intentionally large allowing for most any size driver while increasing the margin of safety.

The NP01 is intended to minimize operating costs through innovative design. The body is produced in sections to reduce the cost of crash repairs and hardware has been standardized to limit the number of joint and fastener sizes required. Wheel bearings are inexpensive bolt in assemblies with brake rotors and pads substantially larger than typical cars in this weight category to increase life and reduce costs.

The 2.0 liter Mazda engine is one of the most raced power plants in existence offering amazing reliability and power. Couple this Mazda power to a strong Sedev 6 speed sequential gearbox and the NP01 is a racer’s dream.

235/40/17 Toyo Proxes RR tires are way more tire than a typical car this size needs, but the NP01 will definitely make great use of them. Toyo quality and performance and the aggressive sizing means excellent results with fantastic durability and drastically reduced operating costs.

NASA NP01 Built by Élan – Specifications.


  • Center Single Seat Enclosed Prototype Component Race Car for NASA Prototype Competition
  • Composite Body with Easily Replaced Sections to Reduce Repair Costs
  • Opening Prototype Style Doors with Latches
  • Functional Front Splitter
  • Adjustable Full Width Rear Wing
  • Head, Tail and Rain Lights Windshield Wiper
  • Polycarbonate Windshield and Side Windows


  • 1018 Steel Tube Frame, Tig Welded with Integral Roll Cage Structure
  • Side Intrusion Protection Bars
  • Force Attenuation Nose Box Structure
  • Fully Adjustable Suspension with MCS Double Adjustable Shocks
  • 235/40/17 Toyo Proxes RR Tires
  • 17 x 9 OZ Wheels
  • StopTech Forged aluminum 4 Piston Brake Calipers
  • HUGE 2-piece rotors with aluminum hats
  • 11 gal Pyrotect Fuel Cell
  • Safecraft 5lb electric Fire suppression system


  • Sealed Mazda 2.0 Liter MZR Engine with Dry Sump (Approx. 185 HP)
  • 6 Speed Sequential Sadev SL-75 Transaxle
  • ACT 8lb steel Flywheel and race clutch disc
  • AEM Infinity8 Sealed ECU
  • AIM MXL2 Dash (Upgrade to MXS/MXG available)


  • Approx. 1450 Lbs.
  • 102” Wheelbase
  • 161.0” Overall Length
  • 43.9” Max Height
  • 75.4” Max Width
  • 155 Max Speed