Road to Indy

USF2000 New Rolling Chassis Offered at $51,800

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All focus is currently on the upcoming 2016 Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda season, but it doesn’t mean that you can’t start thinking about the future.

Series officials announced that the carbon-chassis for 2017, titled Tatuus USF-17, will be priced at $51,800. The new chassis is set to be run over the next five seasons, replacing the Van Dieman chassis that has been around since 1999.

“We are delighted to be able to expand the included components from the package that was originally announced at the PRI show last December,” Dan Andersen, owner and CEO of Anderson Promotions, which promotes the series. “While we are excited about the prospects for the current season, we are equally enthusiastic about offering our competitors such an advanced equipment package in 2017.”

The new chassis meets FIA safety standards, with a variety of features ranging from side impact panels, front and rear impact structures, HANS-compliant head restraint, front and rear wheel tethers, upgraded uprights and improved front bulkhead structure. The chassis builders have also worked at the aero package, beginning with the sidepods and engine cover, to the front and rear wing end plates, nose cone, front cover, carbon composite wings, and an adjustable twin-element rear wing.

Other features of the new chassis include a PFC four-piston brake package, Cosworth Omega L2 Plus data system with Cosworth CFW 227 steering wheel, a Magneti Marelli electronic gear shift system, aluminum American Racing Technomesh wheels and a stainless steel exhaust system.

The prototype is set to be unveiled at a special ceremony on the Saturday before the Indianapolis 500, with testing beginning in June on both road courses and ovals.

Elite Engines is set to continue building the motors, offering several different options for racers.

USF200 is an important part of INDYCAR as its part of the Mazda Road to Indy, which is a ladder system that allows drivers to go from racing go-karts to the Verizon IndyCar Series. The system includes the USF2000, Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires, Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires, and the Verizon IndyCar Series. The series offers scholarship prizes at each level to assist in drivers moving forward.

In hopes of gaining immediate interest, the first 17 orders will receive a $2,000 discount on the chassis/engine package and a free set of Cooper rain tires, which are valued at $1,045.

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Ashley McCubbin is currently studying journalism at the University of Guelph-Humber while writing for multiple websites. She also serves on the managing staff for a select few. Born in North York, Ontario, McCubbin currently lives in Bradford, Ontario and spends her weekend at the local short tracks in the area where she enjoys taking photos and working on websites.

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