How much is the Hyper PRO Racer?
The Hyper PRO Racer is sold as a ready to assemble kit. The kit components are fully finished, and with basic tools, builds a ready to race car. Factory assembled cars are also available. For a complete price list, go here.
Can I buy the car as a kit?
Can I modify my Hyper PRO Racer?
Yes you can. If you intend to do track days or hillclimbs, you can modify your PRO Racer to your hearts content. However our components have not been designed to work with any non Hyper PRO Racer product. Hyper PRO Racer accepts no responsibility of any kind for the integrity and or safety of any Hyper PRO Racer using non Hyper PRO Racer parts.
It is your responsibility to ensure that all the components used in your racing car including any Hyper PRO Racer components modified or not are capable of providing the operator with a structurally sound and safe racing car.
If you intend to race in a sanctioned Hyper PRO Racer series, the car must be built to 'Factory Spec', apart from paint and decals. You can service and maintain your 'Factory Spec' car in the normal way, replacing components when required with genuine Hyper PRO Racer components.
How fast is the Hyper PRO Racer?
At 185 kilos the Hyper PRO Racer is the lightest racing car in the world and powered by its race breed 450cc Yamaha engine, this little rocket will top 200kph and can lay down lap times that compete with racing cars costing tens of thousands of dollars more. With long circuit gearing the Hyper PRO Racer will accelerate from 0-100kph in 4.9 seconds, 0-150kph in 11.1 seconds and do the standing 400m in 12.4. With short circuit gearing it accelerates even faster. Lap times are 1.44s at Eastern Creek and 1.29s at Winton Long circuit (Australia). At the 2011 Melborne TOP GEAR long track, the PRO Racer was the fastest car, beating a Radical SR3 RS, Mygale Formula Ford, Porsche GT3 RS, Ferrari F430 Scuderia, Lamborghini Gallardo GT3, Lotus Exige S Cup, Elfin MS8 Clubman, 250 International Superkart and an Evo X from hell.
Is car set-up simple?
The Hyper PRO Racer has been designed as a ‘Wash and Race” product. With that objective in mind, the PRO Racer is primarily a non adjustable device. Engine and shocks are sealed. The gear and sprocket ratios are fixed for each track. Front and rear spring rates are fixed. Front sway bar and front track width are fixed, as is ride height. The only adjustable components are rear sway bar, rear track width, brake bias and tyre pressures.
What is the engine?
The engine is the ‘state of the art’ Yamaha 450cc WR multi valve 4-stroke race engine. The engine is designed to rev to 12,500rpm but puts out it’s real power under 10,000rpm, the extra revs being an over-rev buffer required by motocross riders. The PRO Racer is limited to 10,250rpm to extend engine life.
The engine is standard except for the addition of a slipper clutch and is sealed prior to delivery.
What's the chassis and suspension made of?
Hyper Racer has a wealth of experience in the use of Chrome-moly, having built over 600 race chassis using 4130 tube.
Chrome-moly was introduced mid-way through the last century and has been the material of choice for leading race car and aircraft manufactures of the modern era. Modern F/Fords are built of chrome-moly. Prior to the 'composite materials' era, tube fabricated chassis and suspension components on F1 and Indy cars were built using Chrome-moly. Modern space frame aircraft, including aerobatic aircraft such as the Pitts Special and the stunning Red Bull Air Race Zivko Edge 540, are built with Chrome-moly.
Despite the proven performance superiority and durability of Chrome-moly, some amateur race car builders still use mild steel to build their race car chassis. This is either because they lack the relevant technical knowledge, or worse, are on a money saving exercise at the expense of the drivers safety.
Running costs are minimal. The biggest cost for any racing driver is tyres. The PRO Racer keeps this cost to a minimum by using 6” tyres. Other cost will include standard pump fuel for the race car (20 litres will suffice for a regular race meeting), chain lube and entry fees.
Under normal use the engine should do 2 race seasons between top end re-builds and 4 race seasons between full re-builds. Depending on whether you give us the car or just the engine, a top end re-build cost between $700 and $1000 and a full re-build costs between $1500 and $2000.
Why the small wheels?
Answer - so YOU can afford to go racing. The choice of 6 inch rims, and tyres to suit, is fundamental to the design philosophy of the Hyper PRO Racer. The single most expensive consumable on a race car is tyres. To be competitive in any category you must spend money on tyres, The 6” tyre used on the PRO Racer is a quarter the cost of Formula Ford tyres. For most people this is the difference between driving or sitting in the grandstand.
No pit crew is required. The car is light enough for one person to load onto a trailer, manoeuvre in the pits and with its electric start, does not require pushing to start.
The Hyper PRO Racer will fit into a regular 6’ x 4’ garden trailer or the back of a van. Due to its light weight, it can be towed behind a small car. See our trailer page here.
What apparel will I need to buy. See our apparel chart here.
Will I fit?
The cockpit controls are fully adjustable. The pedals are mounted on a sliding pedal tray and the steering is adjustable both vertically and longitudinally. The cockpit will accommodate drivers from 160cm (5’2” ) to 190cm (6’2”) and up to 110 kgs (240lbs).
What type of tracks can I race on?
Full size car circuits such as Laguna Seca, Brands Hatch, Zandvoort, Bahrain and Phillip Island. The Pro Racer is not designed for go-kart or off-road tracks.
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The Hyper PRO Racer bears some resemblance to the Ariel Atom. Is there a connection between the companies?
Yes there is a connection of sorts. The Hyper PRO Racer was designed in 1998, two years BEFORE the Ariel Atom appeared on the market. The Ariel design team had no knowledge of the PRO Racer design while they were creating the Atom design. It was just a case of two independent design teams having a good idea at the same time.The PRO Racer was designed specifically for racing and unlike the Atom, provides proper roll over protection, lower torso protection, a safer cockpit environment and structurally sound seat belt mounts.
As for a connection, the Hyper PRO Racer co-designer, Jon Crooke, liked the Ariel Atom so much, he brought the first two Atom's off the production line, and he and Hyper co-designer Dean Crooke, were responsible for refinement development of the Atom’s suspension and the cooling system development for the Atom 2.
How does the PRO Racer compare with other categories?
In the categories of amateur car racing, the PRO Racer is the fastest racing car at the cheapest price. (For Superkarts see below). The PRO Racer has been designed to fill the gap between Go Karts and Formula Ford. We call it the ‘Missing Link’.
The FIA offers the Superkart as the budget entry vehicle to motor racing. Where does the Hyper PRO Racer fit in?
See the Head-to-Head comparision below.
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