OCELOT MK-8A SPORTS 2000


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Ocelot MK-8A Sports 2000: This is the last of the four S2000's built by Ocelot Mfg...The prototype was built from an Ocelot DSR frame in 1978-79. It is presently owned and driven by NAC-SRCC member Joe Christenbery This was designated the MK-5A. Designer Larry Schneider/Ocelot designed and built two S2000 chassis that were space frame in 1980. These were totally different from the Prototype. They were designated the MK-6A. The first MK-6A went to John Cahill, the second MK-6A went to Chuck Witz. The last S2000 was built in 1981 and designated the MK-8A. The MK-8A had numerous upgrades from the MK-6A design. Upon completion, I purchased this car new from Ocelot in 1981.

My understanding is, John Cahill's car ended up in Arizona and was converted to a dune buggy? Chuck Witz's MK-6A was sold to Lou DeMarchi. Don't know who Lou sold the car to or where it is today??? This car is the only MK-8A in existence and in it's original configuration. This is the Last Ocelot S2000 produced by Ocelot Mfg. Made in the U.S.A., This may be the most historical American made Vintage S2000 in existence... I have raced the MK-8A at Road America, Mid Ohio, Daytona, Charlotte, Sebring, Watkins Glen, Brainard, Columbus, Topeka, BHF, Waterford, Gingerman, and Milwaukee State Fair Park.

Sports 2000 is a restricted-rules class of two-seat, rear-engined, open-cockpit, full-bodied sports-prototype racecar used largely in road racing. Sometimes known as S2000 or S2, the class was developed by John Webb, then of the Brands Hatch racing circuit in England, as an affordable form of sports car racing, essentially a sports car version of Formula Ford 2000. The key attributes of the class were a body design reminiscent of two-liter Group 6 sports racing cars like the Chevron B21 and Lola T-212 but with an ultra-reliable and inexpensive drivetrain comprising a two-liter Ford overhead camshaft engine with very limited allowed modifications and the well-proven, Hewland Mk 9 transaxle. S2000 aerodynamics continued to evolve beyond their 1970s Group 6 roots, with very 'slippery' cars featuring spats over the wheels becoming the norm. In the US, while it continues to have popularity as an amateur race class within SCCA competition in the USA, at one point in the late 1980s and early 1990s, professional Sports 2000 racing was prevalent. One such series was the American Cities Racing League (ACRL) where the teams represented cities (primarily on the US West Coast). Rather than individual drivers running for the championship, the two team drivers earned points for their sponsor city, a concept revived for the A1GP, where teams represent countries rather than cities.. Another series was the North American Pro Series or NAPS which visited many of the classic roadrace circuits in the U.S. and was often a support race for IMSA, Indy Car, and Can Am weekends.

Early Sports 2000 cars are now of a sufficient age that they are being welcomed by several vintage racing sanctioning bodies in the U.S. such as HSR, VSCDA and SVRA. Companies that manufactured Sports 2000 chassis include: Carbir, Chevron, Crossle, Lola, March, Ocelot, Reynard, Royale, Swift, Tiga Race Cars and Van Diemen.

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