The Cooper Tires Prototype Lites Championship Powered by Mazda was developed to support the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship--the premier Prototype and GT endurance racing series in the world. The series features global race car constructors Élan Motorsport Technologies backed by Mazda power, and offers racers from around the world the opportunity to compete at historic venues like Sebring International Raceway, Road Atlanta and Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
The Prototype Lites mission is two-fold: present an opportunity for semi-professional race car drivers to compete in a world-class environment, while also providing an avenue for drivers to move up the ladder into the Prototype classes in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship. Offering more avenues for potential professional race care drivers and a more professional atmoshpere for the semi-professional race car driver is the Prototype Lites way of advancing the competition of sportscar racing.
Built on the Élan DP02 chassis, these high-tech, purpose-built race cars are designed to develop the more advanced drivers who have aspirations to graduate to the next level of professional racing. The Élan DP02 features a carbon-fiber monocoque chassis, a six-speed sequential gearbox and a full aerodynamic package. The DP02 is powered by the 230hp 2.0L Mazda MZR engine, sealed by Élan Power Products.
The Lites 2 package changed in 2013 to adopt the current Lites 1 Élan DP02 chassis, fitted with a highly capable, production-based Mazda 2.3L engine. The venerable Mazda package will produce in excess of 200 horsepower and speeds similar to the previous formula at approximately 160 mph. As with all Mazda-powered competition vehicles, the power will be durable and affordable for Lites 2 competitors with a full-season between rebuilds readily achievable.
There’s nothing quite like the rigors of competitive motorsports. It’s an extreme environment for drivers -- one that encourages, and rewards, fast learners. And, in this world, experience counts for a lot. Fortunately, Cooper has plenty. We’ve been racing on two wheels and four since the 1950s. Over the years we have competed at every level of competition, from grassroots club series to Formula One, Le Mans 24-hour endurance events, drag racing, rallycross and even ice racing. We currently supply more than 150 race series and championships around the globe, continuing a winning tradition in racing and competing at some of the highest levels that motorsports have to offer. With Cooper, the road from racetrack to driveway has been a direct one. We know that lessons learned on the track can quickly be converted into dynamic advances for all of our road tires, which is why motorsports are so important to us. Which means, the results of our racing experience find their way into every Cooper tire.