Colin Wood
Colin Wood Associate Editor
4/30/21 2:49 p.m.
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What does a 2009 Elan DP02, a ’99 VW Jetta and a 2018 Tesla Model 3 all have in common? They are three highlights from our first round of 2021 Tire Rack Ultimate Track Car Challenge accepted entries.

What is the Tire Rack Ultimate Track Car Challenge? It’s is our annual no-holds-barred track competition. The rules are simple: Car and driver must pass a NASA safety inspection. Period.

Here’s a closer look at a look at this week’s selection:

James Paul notes his Elan DP02’s greatest strength is its agility, but will this machine be light enough on its feet to out-maneuver the competition?

Hiding under the hood of this Jetta track car is a Mahle-built, turbocharged 1.8-liter powerplant sourced from an Audi TT. Driver Amy Kelley says the VW is capable of 330 horsepower, but will that be enough to edge out a lead?

As far as modifications go, Chris Hatch’s Tesla Model 3 only has upgraded suspension and aerodynamic components–nothing has been done to the car’s propulsions system. Will the Tesla’s instant torque be the advantage needed to win?

View these cars, along with the rest of the field, on the UTCC website. If you think you have what it takes to win, enter your car here.

The Tire Rack Ultimate Track Car Challenge is presented by Tire Rack in association with Wilwood Engineering, HP Tuners, SPA Technique, XClutch and KW Suspensions, with trophies from BimmerWorldFalken TireHoosier Tire, and Mach V Motorsports.

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350z247
350z247 Reader
5/1/21 9:58 a.m.

Electric cars are really well suited for time attack, but that's really all they're well suited for. Unless there's a supercharger at/near the track, you won't be doing a full track or race weekend. One day maybe.

Keith Tanner
Keith Tanner GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
5/1/21 10:15 a.m.
350z247 said:

Electric cars are really well suited for time attack, but that's really all they're well suited for. Unless there's a supercharger at/near the track, you won't be doing a full track or race weekend. One day maybe.

That DP car is really bad at rally, too :)

Luckily, this is a time attack race so it's at the right venue. 

frenchyd
frenchyd UltimaDork
5/1/21 1:05 p.m.

I love/hate the Tesla. I know they are the future and I will get one. But pistons sliding up and down, valves opening and closing.  Crankshafts rotating. Gears changing.  Arrrgh arrrrgh arrrrgh!!   Where is the exhaust note?  
 

       I understand how steam engine fans feel but Diesel electric trains just make economic sense. I loved the roar of those Pratt and Whitney's but Jets are just more practical.  

350z247
350z247 Reader
5/1/21 3:06 p.m.

In reply to frenchyd :

Agreed. I'll eventually replace my wife's X5M with an electric SUV once they have actual self-driving for long trips to the in-laws, but I have zero interest in an electric car for myself on street or track.

1988RedT2
1988RedT2 MegaDork
5/1/21 3:20 p.m.

I'll be quietly hoping that the Tesla burns out a diode or something.  laugh

Vajingo
Vajingo HalfDork
5/2/21 10:27 a.m.

1) yes to the elan 

2)that vag, completely stripped and caged, probably still weighs over 3,000lbs. VW can't make a lightweight car. 
 

3)what "aero mods" have been made on the Tess? I don't see anything different. 

Keith Tanner
Keith Tanner GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
5/2/21 10:59 a.m.

In reply to Vajingo :

It's got a front lip and might have a different rear spoiler. Certainly nothing big. 

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