Today SRO Motorsports Group introduced an entirely new level of expense for privateer racers, its ‘Ultracar Sports Club’.
As previously alluded to at an earlier press conference, Stefan Ratel proposes to provide the owners of very exclusive sportscars with the opportunity to drive their cars on ‘legendary’ circuits, if indeed Paul Ricard and Misano qualify for that label, as support to the 2015 Blancpain series. The newly created the Ultracar Sports Club will feature two events each made up of four track sessions of 30 minutes in order to ‘see these Ultracars’ enormous potential exploited to the fullest’.
Over recent years a new generation of extremely fast sportscars has been made available to those with extremely deep pockets culminating in the almost simultaneous unveiling of cars by four iconic brands: Ferrari, Lamborghini, McLaren and Porsche. It has been said that the performance, and price tag, of these powerful machines go beyond the range of cars we know as supercars. To name them, the specialised press has introduced a new category, Ultracars. Ultracar DNA means that the most appropriate environment for them is a race circuit and in certain cases the circuit is the only place for them, one cannot drive one’s Ferrari FXX home after a toodle at a track day after all.
SRO Motorsports Group’s previous experience with the GT1-category has shown that extensively race prepared ‘Ultracars’ did not meet the teams’ budgets and yet SRO feels that the fortunate owners of these exceptional cars should be able to do more than valet park them in front of a palace.
The Ultracar Sports Club, the first and only of its kind, will be reserved solely for Ultracars produced in the last 10 years and provide them two events with which to test the spares availability; supporting the Blancpain Endurance Series at Paul Ricard (20th-21st June) and the Blancpain Sprint Series at Misano (3rd – 4th October). There will be no timing and no classifications over the four 30-minute sessions but the cars will be divided into two classes: homologated road cars, on road tyres, and non-homologated, track-prepared cars on slick tyres, both of which will be available on site courtesy of a Pirelli tyre fitting service, whilst there is the opportunity for other tyre manufacturers to supply models with an existing exclusive agreement e.g. Michelin for Bugatti.
Ultracar Club members will receive bespoke ‘Ultracar Sports Club’ racing gear, access to a dedicated Ultracar Village, including a high-level VIP hospitality service, and a privileged behind-the-scenes look at the Blancpain GT Series.
Non- Exhaustive List of Eligible Cars
|Homologated Road Cars||Non-homologated, Track Prepared Cars|
|Aston Martin One 77||Ferrari Enzo FXX|
|Bugatti Veyron||Ferrari 599 FXX|
|Bugatti Veyron Supersport||Lamborghini Sesto Elemento|
|Ferrari LaFerrari||Maserati MC12 Corsa|
|Koenigsegg Agera||McLaren P1 GTR|
|Koenigsegg Agera R||Pagani Zonda R|
|Lamborghini Reventon Roadster|
|Lamborghini Veneno Roadster|
|Porsche 918 Spyder|