The package, which includes a six-speed sequential transmission, is expected to deliver a top speed of 155 mph, NASA said at the series' launch during the PRI Show in Indianapolis.
The Proxes RR is a slick competition tire with two symmetric 4/32nd-inch deep grooves and wear inspection holes.
“The NP Series will feature a brand new spec prototype chassis designed specifically around the goals that make NASA competition so attractive to competitors — easy access to local racing with the chance to compete for a season ending class championship,” said NASA National Chairman Ryan Flaherty.
“The NP Series will offer...the opportunity to race a prototype-style vehicle designed from the ground up to be fast, fun, safe and, most importantly, affordable.”
Drivers will be able to compete at more than 150 NASA-sanctioned events nationwide, NASA said. The series will feature an “innovative” rules package that will account for performance, affordability, cost containment and driving ability.
Initially, NASA will run separate championships on the East and West Coasts, a spokesman said, until the number of cars running grows to a point where a national championship can be considered.
“Toyo Tires and NASA have enjoyed a long and successful partnership, and we are excited to work closely with the talented team at Élan Technologies on this new endeavor,” said Marc Sanzenbacher, senior manager, Toyo Tire competition performance products division.
The NP01 is designed to be fast, safe, reliable and easy to maintain, NASA said. Élan Technologies used a component design approach for the bodywork that consists of fenders, engine cover and front hood sections as individual pieces. Much of the hardware on the car has been standardized to simplify maintenance as well.