Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Racing's Latest Relic

It used to be that Red Bulls of all kinds were crammed into the race shop tighter than a used car lot. But building one is unusually barren these days (see picture), thanks to NASCAR nixing the body style that had been in place for more than a decade.

“We have absolutely no use for that car anymore. Plus, we need the space,” admitted one shop worker.

The Sprint Cup Series goes all Car of Tomorrow in 2008, rendering useless a hearty portion of Red Bull Racing Team’s fleet of Toyotas. By the end of December, Red Bull Racing Team will have constructed 50 cars in its first year. Twelve of them, however, became obsolete when the checkered flag waved at Homestead. We had more “old” cars, but they didn’t survive the rigors of a 36-race season.

For argument’s sake, let’s say 43 teams did away with 15 cars apiece. That’s 645 cars, and at more than $100,000 per race-ready car … well, you do the math. But in case you’re numerically challenged, that’s about $64.5 million. And trust us, the cars don’t sell for nearly that much on the open market that includes ARCA, NASCAR’s two Grand National divisions and driving schools.

Apparently, the COT isn’t cutting any costs just yet.


Anonymous curt said...

cool post. I was actually wondering about the old cars. they sell for less than I thought.

I'm so glad that TRB will only be concentrating on one beast now.

3:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What are y'all doing with the old style car? I've read that Petty has donated some to a local college. Awesome post. I look foward to learning more about Team Red Bull in the coming months.

8:44 PM  
Anonymous savannah david said...

I read on the Jayski Silly Season site that TRB has reserved track time for testing in Nashville. I knew they would keep working hard over the break. Go get 'em boys!

5:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now that we only have to concentrate on one car lets hope the team can really move forward!! The unfortunate part is teams like Hendrick already have years of testing into the COT. Good thing we have such good drivers :)

9:24 AM  

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