Surely now one of the fastest Van
Diemens in the country, and capable of running with any other marque, we acquired this RF98 in '09 from Eric Langbein who had campaigned nationally. In '09 Forrest (then 16) won every regional race entered. (ok I guess he was second that time at NJMP when he spun 3 times) 2010 highlights included multiple national podiums, including a win at Pocono and P7 in a big field at June Sprints Road America. (top speeds in the low 130's) Totally re-engineered/rebuilt by Matthew DiRenzo over winter of 2010/11, with new suspension geometry, bodywork alterations, header redesign (see photo below), and every conceivable legal refinement. Killer extra special Kent by Sandy and Eric at Quicksilver. Objectively the fastest VD in the F1600 '11 series: one of 4 cars to break SCCA lap record at Watkins Glen, Qualified top 4-5 multiple times, Fastest Lap at Lime Rock, finished 8th in F1600 overall despite missing first stop at VIR and several DNFs during series.
For full build sheet and discussion you will want to speak with Matthew directly, but among many other features:
OZ wheels, 3-sets, brand new <2 races (Technos, older OZs and OEM speedlines avail)
Michron data, (wrong, Pi data as noted by MD below) new 2011
multiple noses and aero parts
Many suspension spares
triple adjust Ohlins, revalved 2011
All systems, eg fire suppression, radiators, fuel cell, plumbing, wiring new 2011
Bare frame square check, brazing inspection, new AL floor 2011
In summary, hundreds of hours of cost no object tuning and refinement to build a car capable of running with the best Pipers/Swifts/etc with reliability and tunability. Benefit from race-hardened tuning and setup knowledge with a Kent package that just works.
The RF98 (see threads on forum) is the narrowest cockpit Ralph made, contributing to great straightline speed. Consistent 1.8-1.9G data proves Matthew's chassis engineering.
Forrest was 5'10/150 when he started, 6'2/175 at the end of last year's season, so the cockpit can work for a wide range if you are built right.
Extremely competitive with the Hondas esp the SCCA restrictor, and of course would clean up in regional competition. Highly reference-able by Mike Rand and the F1600 2011 community.
Many videos here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7SLrn...8&feature=plcp
Heartbreaking to sell after all the blood sweat tears but unfortunately we got airborne at the Glen in the season finale, (see glen video) right in front of mom who was watching the bus stop from the stands. It was the same day as Dan Wheldon's accident, and Forrest's open wheel career ended on the spot. Turns out I'm forbidden as well.
$33K with adjustments in either direction depending on spares is, as usual with any top racer, about 1/3 of hard costs.
FEB 2013 PRICE DROP: SERIOUSLY, THIS IS TURNKEY FOR F1600 PRO SERIES OR SCCA! PLENTY OF TIME TO ACQUIRE NOW, AND RUN THIS SEASON! MAJOR PRICE ADJUSTMENT, NOW $29K