Sugar Grove Custom Cars, LLC., is the proud owner of the designs and tooling used to produce the M-5 Formula First Race Car. The design and tooling originated from Kurt Lemay at Mysterian Race cars. Most people familiar with the name Mysterian know that over the years Kurt's designs have won many championships including the SCCA national runoffs.
The M-5 is the latest in a very successful series of race car designs that feature beautiful, elegant body lines, simplistic construction, and superior craftsmanship. See M-5 Photo Gallery.
Features of the M-5:
We feel that the Formula First class is the most exciting new formula car class to come along in some time; its unique combination of affordability, performance, and close racing will make it one of the fastest growing formula car classes available.
SGCC made several adjustments to the prototype and proudly entered the M-5 in it's first-ever race, the opening round of FormulaCar Magazine’s 2008 Formula First Challenge Cup Series. The first race of the Cup Series was held April 4-6th at Roebling Road Raceway, located near Savannah, Georgia. Scott Meyer, in SGCC's M-5, captured pole position and finished in second place, beaten only by the reigning 2-year champion, Greg Rice. See Press Release.
No footage yet of the M-5, but here is a YouTube video of Formula Vees at this race. Our M-5 Formula First car is bigger and faster and we look forward to many more race weekends!
The driver of our M-5, Scott Meyer, wrote this message:
"Congratulations to Greg for a great drive to the front. I think it is going to be a long year for the rest of us. Also thanks to Jim, Mike, and Jarb from Sugar Grove Custom Cars, they were brave enough to let me drive the M-5 after purchasing it from me. Prior to this weekend I had only logged 12 laps in the M-5. I have to say that it is the best handling car that I have ever driven. It is a very fast car right out of the box. Kurt LeMay deserves a ton of credit for designing such an awesome car. Sugar Grove will be working on many improvements to the car including removing the engine fan and blue printing the motor."
First SGCC Built M-5
Here's a picture of our prototype M-5. The driver shown is 6 ft. 6 inches and weighs 250 pounds. He reports being comfortable in the car.
We will continue to work toward finishing this car and getting the proper SCCA paperwork. Soon after that we will be able to price kits and/or complete cars. Assuming that all goes well, SGCC will have a production schedule of four frames per month. During prototype development, jig tables and tooling were set up to support the production of a consistent, high quality frame. This car has a yellow gel coat, but actually we will be able to offer 60 base colors and even custom gel coat colors.
Our first built M-5 will color coordinate with the Mystique Jr. cars we are sponsoring for Formula High School. This yellow/blue/red color scheme can be seen in the image below.
SGCC is looking forward to being an active part of the 2009 Formula FST racing scene. Five of us have completed half of the SCCA School requirements for a Novice Racing License. Emphasis will be put on getting Jared Timmerman to his last school and to get him licensed so we can get him on the track ASAP in 2009.