The American upstart Devon Motorworks is planning to unveil the GTX super car at the 2009 Pebble Beach Concourse d’ Elegance. However before they bring the new production car to the greatest car show on Earth, the company meandered down the Monterey Peninsula for a stop at the Mazda Raceway at Laguna Seca, where the new Devon GTX super car achieved a record setting time of 1:35.075, becoming the fastest production based automobile to drop into the corkscrew.
Being one of the most technical racetracks in North America, Laguna Seca plays host to world class motorcycle racing featuring rounds of the AMA, World Superbike and MotoGP championships as well as the worlds of sports car and prototype racing through the ALMS and the Grand-Am Rolex Series. However the most impressive feat for the 2.2 Mile track is that it is chosen time and time again to host the Monterey Historic Automobile Races. "The Laguna Seca test session showed us just a glimpse of what the Devon GTX is capable of from a performance perspective," said Devon Motorworks CEO and founder Scott Devon. "Through further validation and testing, we know this car is capable of even greater lap times and making an even stronger statement about the future of the American supercar."
Press release after the jump.
Here at Top Speed we love anything and everything that goes fast, so during our weekend on the Monterey peninsula we had to make a stop at the legendary Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca for the MotoGP Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix. Once there we were pleasantly surprised when the track staff offered us the opportunity to take a ride around the prestigious racing circuit aboard one of Mazda’s modified safety cars. The lineup of matte black and white pace cars included an RX-8 four door sports coupe, a CX-7 crossover and the all new Mazda 6.
At first we were a little disappointed not to see a Miata wearing the pace car livery, equipped with the fancy amber light bar and beefier tires allowing the trio of Mazdas to corner like champions and stay ahead of the two wheeled racers. However, after a quick trip in the CX-7 and Mazda 6, we were absolutely convinced that the Miata’s fun to drive DNA runs rich throughout the entire automaker’s lineup.
When the track marshall told me to get into the CX-7, our thoughts were limited to, “what a bummer, we come all the way to California and we get stuck riding in the cow of the group", boy were we wrong. Inside the crossover everything was stock except for a circuit board to control the flashing lights and a roll bar that gave the bright blue Scroth 4 point racing harnesses a place to secure themselves to while we were strapped in tight to the leather wrapped seat. The only modification to the drive train of the Euro-spec CX-7 were a set of Brembo brakes and a set of plus sized forged TE-37 wheels from Volk Racing wrapped in sticky rubber.
Nevertheless, it seems that these basic modifications were enough to turn the CX-7 into a track day special. It was amazing how well the sports inspired crossover handled on the track. We were instantaneously blown away by how fast this little Sport-Utility could lap the circuit, and especially the way that the driver was able to tame the infamous corkscrew. We were surprised to find ourselves on the heels of the other safety cars, the driver was really hammering it. Truning in sharply, pumping the steering wheel like mad, clipping the apexes, pushing the CX-7 to its limit. The car did an amazing job of staying on track. Mazda has truly figured out a way to incorporate their zoom-zoom high performance attitude into even the most unlikely of products.
Check the gallery for more photos and details about each of the cars.
Before the MotoGP race at Mazda Raceways, and our lucky pre-grid visit. Yamaha gave us the opportunity to walk right in their secret garages (team Fiat and team Monster).
Located in the back of the garage, the storage area is packed with expensive supplies, all stored in travel cases that probably cost more than any street bikes. Tires are cooking on aluminum racks, and precious suspension bits are piled as if it was Christmas. In between the storage and the pit garage, a narrow engineering room offers just enough space to pack 5 or 6 engineers and their laptops. Behind all that you ’finally’ enter the dream garage, with only two bikes and not one bit of mess anywhere to be found. The floor is carpeted to the team colors and all tool boxes are shinning as if they were just getting out of the show room.
It certainly take more mess for anyone to change their oil than it takes those mechanics to change every single part on those bikes altogether. Simply amazing!
Also check out the Autoblog article made by our friend Drew Philips. He took some great shots during the same visit.
Lucky us, a few minutes before the MotoGP race at Mazda Raceways Laguna Seca, we just got a hold of the precious full access pass to enter the pre-grid. Finally, we could get up close and personal with all the riders. Even Valentino Rossi could not run from our lens. The atmosphere on the grid was crazy. Imagine, a hundred photographers trying to get the money shot and TV hosts from all around the world fighting for the last words from our favorite champions. The riders are real pros, keeping their cool as if nothing was about to happen.
Enjoy the gallery.
After today’s qualification for the MotoGP at Mazda Raceways Laguna Seca, we headed toward downtown Monterey to see the traditional Cannery row meet. Lot’s of bikes and among them a some very interesting custom and exotics such as the rare Honda RC45, Bimota 3D or a cool Kawa Turbo. The ambiance is typical of South California meets, bring family and friends of all ages.
Check the out the gallery, and now that you know where to go after the qualification laps, see you in Monterey next year.
We ran into Top Chef’s Fabio Viviani at the Red Bull Grand Prix in Mazda Raceways at Laguna Seca. Although Fabio was deeply focused on the track, he still took time for a pose. Fabio was cheering for the Italian Team, while climbing up the hill toward the best spot on the track, the famous ’Corkscrew’. At the end of the qualifying session Valentino Rossi, the fastest Italian on two wheels ended up at the 2 position.