Vivid Racing Enters the 2012 Targa Newfoundland Rally Race

Vivid Racing will be a part of a world class driving event, the Targa Newfoundland road rally. VR outlines which partners have contributed to their Porsche Turbo S.

Online PR News – 05-September-2012 – Gilbert, AZ – Vivid Racing is proud to announce its official entry in the 2012 Targa Newfoundland rally race. Targa Newfoundland is in its 11th year of running on the remote island rock, northeast of Nova Scotia. After competing in the Targa Tasmania event, the co-founders wanted to create a world class driving event in North America, and that they have done! The Targa Newfoundland is comprised of 2200 kilometers held on roads closed to the general public and comprised of 20% of the total course. Having competed in several “renegade” rally events in the past, we thought it was finally time to enter a closed course competition. The event will be held September 9-14 and features several different classes.

Vivid Racing’s partners in the outfitting of their 2011 Porsche Turbo S are:
OMP America – Safety racing gear
Niche Wheels – 1 piece and 3 piece forged wheels
Evolution Real Estate – Arizona real estate team
Go2 Transport – Vehicle transportation specialists
Toyo Tires
KW Suspensions - coilovers
Status Racing, Agency Power and SSF Auto Parts are also contributors.

For the Targa Newfoundland event, Vivid Racing will be competing in the Grand Touring equipped class. This class is a Time-Speed-Distance group, which allows the aid of timing and mapping devices. Based on several factors, each team will be given a set goal to complete the stage in. Piloting the car will be Dan Mermelstein and co-driver will be Matt Lambert. Unlike typical road racing or “fun run” rally events, these public roads see some abuse from the strong winters of Northern Canada.

No matter if you are racing the clock or racing others, safety is very important. Team Vivid Racing has equipped themselves with gear from OMP. OMP’s Italian racing heritage can be seen in all types of motorsports from NASCAR, F1, Drifting, and Rally racing. As one of the few companies that can fully equip a driver from a racing suit to a racing seat, OMP makes gearing up affordable and fashionable. The full face helmets feature a clear shield with pre-drilled holes for a HANS device. Keeping drivers comfortable and fire resistant is the OMP First 2 black racing suit. Flowing with the theme of the vehicle is a set of OMP Speed 2 gloves in red. The gloves feature a contour leather palm to ensure maximum control and grip. To ensure proper pedal control and comfort, VR will have red OMP Daytona shoes. The FIA shoe features a smooth leather interior with high sensitivity rubber sole.

Already equipped with 530hp from the factory, Vivid Racing has enhanced the performance to 615hp with the addition of a Softronic ECU Flash, Agency Power Sleeper Pipes, and BMC Air Filter. Inside the 997 cockpit they have installed an Agency Power bolt-in roll bar with harness and diagonal bars. To secure both driver and co-driver in the factory carbon fiber GT2 seats, a set of 5pt FIA approved Status Racing harnesses were installed. Keeping the car handling well over the ever so changing road conditions will be a set of KW Variant 3 coilovers and Agency Power adjustable sway bars.

Because Newfoundland is over 4000 miles away from Vivid Racing’s Gilbert, Arizona office, they plan on taking 2 sets of wheels and tires. The centerlock equipped Porsche will have both dry and wet condition Toyo Tires. They will be running a set of Toyo T1s and Toyo R888 in 235/35/19 and 305/30/19 sizes. They will be wrapped to the AP wheels by Niche. The 1 piece forged wheels feature a split 5 spoke design and are very lightweight and strong for this competition. The front wheels are a 19×8.5 at 21lbs and the rear 19×11 at 24lbs. Much like their competition wheels, Niche has some very unique and familiar 1pc and 3pc design wheels. Vivid Racing chose to go with these for their weight and strength.
Driving the part and looking the part, Vivid Racing sets its sights on rally greatness.