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Old 20 Feb 2007, 13:32 (Ref:1846421)   #16
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The car was also raced at Le Mans where upon it failed to finish through electrical problems.....Klaas then got the arse and canned the project. Seems like he has done the same to the KZ1 road car!!
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Old 20 Feb 2007, 16:55 (Ref:1846562)   #17
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I think canning the road car project had something to do with a complete lack of orders.......the KZ1 is a cracking car, but at over £200,000+ was too much for a super car.......for that sort of money your into the ultra-car arena......but I doff my cap to Klauss for trying though.......but hes well and truly loaded, so I dare say he gives a flying toss........

I'm told he has about 50 patents for the oil drilling industry, an example is if an oil rig breaks off its cutting drill tip - he invented a widget that could magically re-attach a cutting tip - god knows how.......hence saving the cost of moving the oil rig - time is money kinda thing........he just sits back and watches the money roll in from his patents - best of luck to him I say

I heard that Don Panoz invented the "give up smoking" medication patch.....and hes known as "panoz the patch" in the medical industry.....which explains their finances completley too!.......both top blokes in my book.
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Old 20 Feb 2007, 19:28 (Ref:1846683)   #18
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I know this is a racing forum but I'm not sure £235k is too much for a limited production (50) supercar. Many others are much more expensive. For sure though not selling the cars would either indicate that he was never that fussed about having to sell them or he had perhaps changed his mind about wanting to persevere with road cars (many have failed). Seems he is a petrolhead racer and maybe racing is where his priorities lie - good luck to him.
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Old 21 Feb 2007, 05:18 (Ref:1846960)   #19
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Is Werner Lupberger driving anything these days? He was solid in the Ascari, and did great things with Rafanelli's longtail Riley Judd in the first ALMS races.
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Old 21 Feb 2007, 13:15 (Ref:1847270)   #20
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To be honest I think imo that the road car was a way to a means in Ascari being able to go racing.....call me cynical, but strange that not long after the car is homologated to go racing in GT3 they stop making road cars. The car was very pretty, sounded glorious and had alot of engineering expertise thrown at it....Ascari are yet another manufacturer who appear in a blaze of publicity and then are run by novices in the Auto industry and fold soon after TVR is another company in question....As an outsider it looks very shabby that with all of this happening the factory then appear with its own race team!!!.....not in the spirit of the rules or fair competition. I wonder if Damax (the other team running Ascari's) know that they are up against a factory team with all the support of Klaas and his Millions???
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Old 21 Feb 2007, 14:58 (Ref:1847328)   #21
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Hi Leoparky

I'm sure Robin at Damax is aware of it. From what I can tell the majority of the development work on the Ascari last year was done by Damax. Consequently if I was a driver with the budget for GT3 in Europe this year I would look to Damax as a proven team before the "factory" team that is unproven. The only doubt might be Damax's Radical program which may overstretch them between LMS, GT3 and British GT.

Although I haven't driven it at close inspection the Ascari is a serious car (Lola carbon fibre chassis sections etc.) and like a few others will receive quite serious penalties at the balancing to bring it into GT3.

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Old 21 Feb 2007, 18:50 (Ref:1847443)   #22
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Certainly I agree with what has been said - the KZ1 is a serious road car - the racer looks a little more like a GT2 or GT1 car than a GT3 (but then I thought GT3 was supposed to be more a Group N for sportscars!). From what I have gather from this and the Euroboss threads Mr Zwart is a little ...erm tempremental behind the wheel! Could be fun! Are Berlanga doing Brit Gt as well?
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Old 22 Feb 2007, 09:23 (Ref:1847870)   #23
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Why did Zwaart withdraw from the 2005 Spanish GT championship before the end of the season ?

Photos of the car which ran in Spain?
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Old 22 Feb 2007, 09:41 (Ref:1847892)   #24
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From memory, he had a paddy fit.....afetr being told off by the Spanish FIA.....thought everyonbe was against him racing!!!....that car was the GT1/GT2 racer that Embassy looked at running, prior to the thing not being allowed to be homologated due to its Carbon Chassis
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Old 22 Feb 2007, 13:17 (Ref:1848050)   #25
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spanish gt 2005 had porsche driver ram klaus in pitlane.

think that was one of normal things to do with klaus and racing. more like fast and furious but no thought.

ratel can do only paper over cracks not stop organisers putting drivers with kid tantrums in their place.
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Old 24 Feb 2007, 10:23 (Ref:1850417)   #26
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One last point about the Ascaris which ran in the british GT championship last year. I read somewhere they ran free for engine restrictor, weight and tires handicap.

At Silverstone, on september, the #45 ran on full FIA spec (with a 100 kg ballast) to avoid the 160 kg ballast imposed by british organizer.
The car worked very well since it finished 4th overall.

My question is : which were the rules apply to the GT3 cars, and most particularly to the Ascaris, in the 2006 british GT championship?
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Old 25 Feb 2007, 12:09 (Ref:1850972)   #27
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Hi GTO Racing

They have to run to GT3 regulations from FIA GT3 including any weight, ride height etc. restrictions placed upon them in from the FIA equalisation (the Nogaro test in a couple of weeks).

Otherwise they would run in an invitation class (clearly not eligible for the championship).

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Old 26 Feb 2007, 19:49 (Ref:1852239)   #28
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Hi Archibold,
Will the times set by the FIA driver (Bouchut) at Monza count? He made the best times in the Ferrari and Ascari.
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Old 28 Feb 2007, 14:42 (Ref:1853823)   #29
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Hi Coniston

I suspect so, even as a competitor we are struggling to get information on the process. If I understand correctly the key test is at Nagaro on the 6th/7th March. The cars will be assessed by Bouchut over the two days (like at Paul Ricard last year) plus I assume some other technical scrutineer types. At which point the FIA Bureau of Grand Touring Cars will issue a bulletin with the ballast, restrictor size and ride height penalties that the various cars have to run with (for FIA GT3 and any other series that runs those rules).

Maybe others have better information?

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Old 1 Mar 2007, 22:16 (Ref:1854964)   #30
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Thanks for the clarification Archibold.

The new Ascari team are concerning me a little. I have just been reading that Damax Ascari have signed Luke Hines and seem to be moving forward with a program. Nothing seems to be forthcoming from the factory team - Team Berlanga - no press release to announce their intentions or drivers? Has anybody heard anything on the grapevine?
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