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Hangar 111 Racing into 2014

Following on from our previous two years successful racing activities, Hangar 111 Racing goes into 2014 bigger and better than ever.

For the upcoming 2014 season, we will be running three cars in both the Lotus Elise Trophy and the Lotus Cup UK championships. Joining last years S1 Elise, is a newly built S1 race car, and a brand new Elise Cup R!  All the cars will run in the Production classes of both championships, and so remain relatively standard, within the bounds of the regulations, which result in a power to weight ratio of around 200bhp/tonne. With a mixture of sprint and endurance races, it provides lots of close and exciting racing.

With three novice drivers, it promises to be a learning experience for all, but we hope to see some good progression throughout the season as the cars and drivers alike, develop.

Check out the race calendar at LoTRDC, and come and share in our track exploits during 2014.  All races will also be shown in a highlights package on Motors TV, soon after each race meet.

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Racing for East Anglian Air Ambulance

Our successful 2013 race campaign continues with a little extra, in the upcoming Lotus Elise Trophy season finale.

In support of the East Anglian Air Ambulance, our familiar S1 Elise race car, will be transformed to carry the EAAA livery. The fund raising team will join Hangar 111 at Snetterton on 26th October to help raise awareness of the life-saving charity, with Andrew Bentley continuing his championship campaign.

‘Supporting the EAAA is something we are happy to do because there are so many synergies between our respective operations. In our motorsport activities, precision, timing, knowledge and instinct are all critical elements – if all these come together we win races. We believe the same thing applies within the EAAA operation, from the pilots skills in bringing the aircraft into and out of complex situations, through to the medics who need to be fast and accurate in order to make the aircrafts presence even more valuable’.

Come and see us racing at Snetterton this weekend, and add your support to this most worthy cause!

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Wheeler Dealers Feature

Greg from Hangar 111 is set to appear in the new series of hit TV show “Wheeler Dealers”.

When the show producers decided to feature a Lotus Elise in the new series, they turned to us at Hangar 111 for help with both finding a suitable car, and how best to improve the car for re-sale.

Working with a number of our partners, we were able to provide the Wheeler Dealers with a project car and technical support, along with a number of our favoured upgrades, that feature in the programme.

The feature airs on the Discovery Channel tomorrow evening, with subsequent repeats also to appear on Quest.

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Carbon Brake Disc & Pads with Calipers

Our new carbon brake disc kit is here.  Priced at £2507+vat, they are around same price as many Big Brake Kits on offer.  Designed for Track and Race.  In line with our high standards, they are exceptionally well made and feature a fully floating disc.  They are light-weight, look amazing, have excellent wear characteristics and in turn represent excellent value for money.  Pre-order yours now by placing a depost via our website.

CLICK HERE to see these in our Online Store.

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Hangar 111 Driver “Tuning” Days

Performing vehicle setup at the trackside is a key skill that aided our race team greatly during the 2012 race season leading to successes for two different drivers who required very different vehicle dynamics.  During 2013 we are extending this service to new and existing Hangar 111 customers who would like to go faster on the track and make best use of any modifications or upgrades that might have been fitted.

If you are planning suspension, brakes or other performance upgrades we can offer you the opportunity to combine a session with our professional instructor Andrew Bentley and our race team who can carry out on-the-spot adjustments to your car at the track side.

Just a few of the things you will benefit from by attending one of our Driver “Tuning” Days :

  • A better understanding of car set-up and dynamics
  • Improved driving technique through evaluation
  • The confidence to go faster on the track
  • Make the most of the modifications you have made to your car
  • A tuned setup to your specific needs

During a half-day or full-day of driver coaching and vehicle setup, you can benefit from Andrews many years as a race driver and driving coach and learn more about precision car control, improve your understanding of the car and how small changes can make a big difference when implemented by our race team.

“Hangar 111 Driver Tuning” days are available on request and can be arranged for one or two people at virtually any UK motor racing circuit.

Contact Greg for further information about this service

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Elise Trophy & Cup UK Racing in 2012

If you have been following us on Twitter you will already know that we ‘ve had a very successful race season!  Our Elise 111R was driven by Andrew Bentley during the Lotus Cup UK (LCUK) and Elise Trophy (ET) season and Steve Quick in the final Lotus 6 hour race at Brands Hatch.

Starting 2012 with a new race team, a relatively new car (we had a previous 2nd place at Spa on October 2011) and our first season in the Elise Trophy and Lotus Cup UK we achieved no less than 10 podium finishes and multiple 1st place wins including double’s  and triples at Donnington Park and Snetterton.  It was an entertaining season to say the least with evenings and weekends sacrificed to get car and team into shape.

We were blessed with two very communicative drivers, and a combination of excellent driver feedback, accurate car setup and our vast experience and knowledge of the Type 111 platform allowed us to very quickly see the drivers achieving their aims.  The team achieved a number of personal goals during the season including excellent performances under pressure when we were hit with an engine failure during the August Lotus Festival weekend at Brands Hatch GP.  A late night engine change was worth it however as the car was on the grid with Andrew Bentley at the helm who put in a fine performance starting at the back of the grid and bringing the car home in 2nd place.

The end of season endurance at Brands Hatch proved once again that we were able to deliver success for our driver – this time Steve Quick, the 2011 Lotus Cup UK Champion (so no pressure there then!).  With our Elise 111R running a completely revised suspension setup, numerous car adjustments and only a few weeks to test, Steve’s wealth of experience in endurance racing coupled with our ability to work closely with both car and driver brought Steve home in 1st Place in the Production Class.  It was an amazing end to a great first season.

Our 2012 Lotus Elise Trophy & Lotus Cup UK Results:

  • ET – 14th April – Silverstone GP – Bentley – Qual:  6th – Race 1:  8th
  • LCUK – 15th April – Silverstone GP – Bentley – Qual: 2nd – Race: 3rd
  • ET -28th July – Oulton Park – Bentley – Qual: 2nd – Race 1:  1st – Race 2: 1st
  • LCUK -28th July – Oulton Park – Bentley – Qual: 3rd – Race: 8th
  • ET – 18th & 19th August – Brands Hatch GP – Bentley – Qual: 2nd – Race 2: 2nd
  • ET – 6th October – Donington GP – Bentley – Qual: 2nd – Race 1:  1st – Race 2: 1st
  • ET – 28th October – Snetterton 300 – Bentley – Qual 1st – Race 1:  1st – Race 2: 1st
  • LCUK -28th October – Snetterton 300 – Bentley – Qual 1st – Race 1: 1st
  • ET – 10th November – Brands Hatch – Quick – Qual 4th – Race: 1st

So after such a great season, what comes next?

Considering racing in 2013?

Then you’ll need excellent race prep and support to achieve your goals…

If you are looking for car preparation or race support during the 2013 Elise Trophy or Lotus Cup UK series, we are currently inviting entrants to contact us with details of their season requirements so that we can plan for the season.  We aim to deliver highly commended vehicle preparation and setup, excellent value-for-money support combined with unrivalled enthusiasm and superb technical capability.  Our aim is simple:  To provide drivers with the best possible opportunity to achieve their racing goals.

We will be at the AUTOSPORT INTERNATIONAL SHOW between the 10th and 13th of January 2013 on the Pirelli Tyres and GT Cup stand.  If you would like to arrange a meeting to discuss your requirements, we would be happy to invite you to the Pirelli hospitality suite on the Pirelli Stand in the main hall.

Contact Greg to discuss your racing requirements for 2013

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