over a five-weekend, 15-race season,
most teams estimate a budget of around
$150,000 if the driver doesn’t own the
car, testing not included. By any standard,
that’s a veritable racing bargain.
The car itself is developed by Crawford
Composites in North Carolina, making it
the first FIA-homologated open-wheel
racer to be designed and built in the U.S.
The powerplant from Honda is based
on the new Civic Type-R engine
manufactured in Ohio, and is detuned to
meet the FIA-mandated output of 160hp.
All aspects of the engine work are
Clarita, Calif. Shifting is accomplished via a
us, and takes me back to my own roots in
racing,” says Max Crawford of Crawford
Composites. “The parameters from the FIA
for the car are very strict, meaning we had
to design the car within the boxes they set.
But despite the limitations, we had to be
creative and style a car that people would
want to drive and also make sure that it
worked with respect to airflow, cooling and