In 2011 and 2012 at the hands of Jeff and Stefan Colegrove this car has been the "car to beat" at any event it goes to in the country.At the 2011 Nationals they enjoyed a 1-2 finish in dominant fashion, with the next closest driver over 2.4 seconds behind. In 2012 that performance was repeated with another 1.9 second 1-2 victory. And even with one of the hardest handicaps in the field, it put both drivers into the top 5 of PAX at both appearances. For that matter, they would've trophied in almost every single class at both the 2011 and 2012 Nationals, including AM (only just missing the trophies in KM).
This car isn't just the fastest F modified car in the country, it's one of the fastest autocross cars in the country period. You'd be very hard pressed to find a faster, and cheaper, car out there.
After the 2012 season I purchased this car from the Colegroves, along with pages and pages of setup sheets, maintenance schedules, CAD drawings, and enough spares to last half a decade. Since then I have kept the car largely unchanged, other than a very carefully engineered program aimed at lightening the rotating assemblies. Through careful engineering (including FEA analysis), we've managed to reduce the rotating mass by as much as half in many cases. This car should now be the fastest it's ever been.
Since purchasing this car, myself and my co-driver have managed to extend the Colegrove's perfect 4-0 record at National Tours and Pro's to 5-0. And despite attending nearly every regional event in the FLR or CNY regions against other FM, FSAE and KM cars in the last 3 years, it has a perfect PAX record in the dry and a nearly flawless 17-4 FTD record.
With this car, I've found I'm about 2 seconds on a 60 second course quicker than I was last year in a similar, but not as highly tuned, F500 car against similar competition.
Car is in Syracuse, NY
105+hp, 800# w/ driver
2.0+g sust. lateral accel
2.5+g peak braking decel
1.3+g peak linear accel
1.7s 0-60 foot times
2x National Championships
4x National Championships Trophies
4x Top-5 PAX @ Nationals
1x National Tour Top PAX
5-0 National Tour Class Wins
19-2 Regional PAX Record
17-4 Regional FTD Record
The description "1997 Red Devil" doesn't really begin to describe what this car actually is. If you were to do a "no budget" FM build, this would be it - there is nothing that a solo car "should have" that this car doesn't have. In fact, reproducing this car wouldn't even mean buying everything on the build sheet (totalling many multiples of the asking price), but it would mean also buying the thousands and thousands spent on parts in testing just to learn they're NOT faster. If there's a "trick part" that ISN'T on the car, that's because it was tested and found to be slower, not because it was too expensive. And even then, it's probably still included in the spares package. Perhaps "final evolution development prototype" is a better description of what you're buying here - the result of many, many hours in CAD, lots of testing and rounds of refinement.
Of course that's not to say, it doesn't include a pretty impressive build sheet as well:
You've heard it said that "retirement sales" are the best buys due to the exhaustive spares packages they include. Well, this would be the ultimate of "retirement sales", as not only will you get all of the FM-specific parts and tools I've acquired in my 5 years in the class, but you'll also get all of the parts and tools the Colegroves acquired in their 4 years in the class, and all the parts and tools I acquired in two other "retirement" sales I purchased over the years. If you add the second hand value of the spares package and data logger alone, you can almost cover the asking price of this car - so consider that you're getting the entire car and pedigree for "free".
Also available is my 16'x7' Pace dual-axle enclosed trailer. This trailer is perfectly suited to the car, and with a combination of drop axles, dovetail and custom extended door ramp allows you to drive this ultra-low-nose car right into the trailer without having to unbolt either the front or rear aero components. Of course if you don't want to start the engine to drive in, you could also use the included electric winch to pull it in. At 16' long, it gives you plenty of room to pack all of the spares and tools that will come with the car, without having an excessively large trailer you need to park. This trailer even has a 1' lowered roof to reduce it's aero profile, making it easier to tow. I averaged 17mpg last year towing this trailer to Nationals.
The trailer has electric brakes, a finished interior (white panels, vinyl floor), and overhead cabinets in the front. It also has aluminium wheels, plus a spare aluminium wheel with mounted spare and spare tire holder.