Following a remarkable Pikes Peak debut last year, the LoveFab team has put together a new machine and is going to take on this year’s international hill climb challenge. Called the Enviate, the car is still based on an Acura NSX, but it gets a lot more bespoke parts than before.
So while the suspension is pretty much stock NSX, the car has a full carbon fiber body, and an ultra-lightweight chromoly tube-chassis. The engine is an LS1 V8 fitted with a twin-turbo system that helps is develop over a 1000Nm of torque. Given the fact that the LoveFab weighs slightly over a ton, the performance is going to be pretty brisk.
LoveFab is also keeping HRE Wheels as their sponsor and wheel provider. They give the car a set of C106S three-piece rims, now fitted with Continental tires. Another new sponsor is Mishimoto, the world leader in performance cooling products.
“We can’t express our pride to be a part of the Turbo by Garrett family once again for 2013. Garrett’s team witnessed first hand our commitment to racing, our sponsors, and our drive for constant improvement, so they wanted to be a larger part of the growing LoveFab team. We have three full time fabricators that work a standard eight hour day on LoveFab’s projects, and then pull double-duty as fabricators for the race team until midnight or later every day of the week. I’m so thankful to be surrounded by such a fantastic team that’s as driven as I am to the race program.
This is significant, because the first week of March 2013, I made the decision to step it up another notch, and build a tube chassis tub to replace the caged NSX tub. The ~400lb weight reduction will put the car in a competitive power-to-weight zone, which many of the other Unlimited Cars will be running within. Our goal is to fall somewhere in the 800lb/ft torque range, while still tipping the scales at just under 2000lbs. One of the lessons learned last year was that you need torque to pull the car out of the corners, hence our swap to a V8 powerplant. The car is slated to begin testing May 1st, so we have our work cut out for us to hit this goal.”