eBay: Buy a four-car IMSA team for under $1 million

The Automobile Club de l’Ouest announced its 2015 entry lists for the Le Mans 24 Hours, the World Endurance Championship, and the European Le Mans Series. Missing from that list and also missing from the recent Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona was a team whose name and bright-orange racecars seemed everywhere only a few months ago: 8 Star Motorsports.
After two successful seasons in the WEC and IMSA’s Tudor United SportsCar Championship, the team has now posted all their American sports car racing equipment from three classes up for sale on eBay and they can be yours for well under a million dollars altogether.
Click the links below to see the auctions or follow the jump for a bit more.
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[sc:ebay itemid=”321655915197″ linktext=”8 Star LMPC car” ]
[sc:ebay itemid=”321655859523″ linktext=”8 Star Lites car, white engine cover” ]
[sc:ebay itemid=”321655870856″ linktext=”8 Star Lites car, all orange” ]

Venezuelan businessman Enzo Potolicchio started 8 Star after driving for Starworks Motorsports in the Grand Am Series for a few years as an amateur driver. Their stateside holdings include a Corvette Daytona Prototype to run in the top Prototype class, an Oreca FLM09 for the Prototype Challenge class, and a pair of Elan DP02 single-seaters to run in the Cooper Tires Prototype Lites supporting series, all of which are up for sale.
It’s worth noting that 8 Star aren’t shuttering the operations; the sales will make room for and fund their Indy Lights effort with the series’ new Dallara IL15 chassis. 720-8Star_DP1
The Corvette DP is a third generation Daytona Prototype that last raced in the Rolex Grand Am series in its final season, 2013, where it managed two second-place finishes in a full-season entry. The auction listing says the engine has less than five hours’ running on it so it must have been freshly rebuilt.
In its current guise, however, this DP is only eligible to be an expensive track toy. That said, it could run through this year and next with IMSA if the buyer installed all of the Daytona Prototypes updates required after the ALMS and Grand Am merged for the 2014 season.
The DP is currently listed at $339,000, which comes with some spares and even setup notes, and is apparently ready to run right off the trailer from 8 Star’s shop in Pompano Beach, Florida. That price certainly sounds negotiable as it does on all of four of the eBay listings, judging by the “open to partial, creative deals” line in the listing.
The Oreca FLM09 is the spec chassis for the ALMS’ LMPC and later TUSC’s Prototype Challenge class. It’s based on an older Le Mans Prototype chassis that’s been simplified for gentleman drivers and runs a Chevy LS crate motor to reduce costs.
Potolicchio only drove the car, chassis number 37, a couple of times, electing instead to let young hotshoe Sean Rayhall share the car with amateur Luis Diaz in the pro-am PC class last season. That move was probably wise; the car won the PC class in two different races.
Unlike the DP, this PC should be mostly up to current PC regulations, although there is a relatively small season update in 2015 with some performance improvements. Oreca built something like 45 FLM09s and while many of them have run hundreds of hours, chassis #37 is one of the more recent cars, having run only one full season. That should make it one of the fresher chassis in the class and with the right people behind the wheels and behind the scenes, this car could be competitive right in the United SportsCar Championship almost immediately.
If you don’t want to run in the big show with IMSA, 8 Star is also selling a pair of Elan DP02 chassis, which are the cars that run in IMSA’s Prototype Lites support series in the Lites 1 class. They are designed to give development drivers the feeling of driving a high-performance sports car prototype with power from a 2.0-liter Mazda MZR engine.
One of 8 Star’s Elans only ran at Sebring International Raceway last year while the other has a few more miles on it but not many more. These would both be relatively fresh cars and for the driver looking to jump from sports racers in club racing, this isn’t an awful deal.
All told, you can have it all for less than $850,000 at asking price, but from the sounds of the ads, a wholesale buy-up will probably allow a somewhat negotiable price. Naturally, running the cars at actual race events for a full season won’t be cheap: You’ll need a hauler (maybe two), tools, spares, crew, entry fees,  pay for drivers, and a few dozen other things.
But if you’re the type of person seriously considering the purchase of 8 Star’s sports car racing setup, you’re probably also capable of making those things happen. Hell, someone with a serious chunk of disposable cash could probably just about make an entire hodepodge racing series from 8 Star’s quartet and the Level 5 Motorsports fire sale. One could also pick up the old Continetnal Challenge Dodge Challenger that Hooniverse featured some time ago and is apparently still for sale by the same eBay seller auctioning off 8 Star’s inventory.
[Source: eBay seller Falenator]

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  1. Andrew_theS2KBore Avatar

    I can't even begin to express how much I want an FLM-09… the looks, the noise, the fact that it's basically a Spec class. I honestly don't know why anyone would buy a Carrera Cup/Ferrari Challenge/Super Trofeo car when these are readily available.

  2. dukeisduke Avatar

    The Level 5 guys also have two FLMs for sale. Basically new, and in bare CF, so you can slap your own paint job on 'em.

  3. Irishzombieman☆ Avatar

    My own pic from Laguna Seca in 2013:
    <img src="http://i.imgur.com/AbXxPZR.jpg&quot; width=500>

  4. Rover_1 Avatar

    "In its current guise, however, this DP is only eligible to be an expensive track toy"
    It has headlights and tail lights, so somewhere this could be road-legal.
    A daily driver perhaps?

    1. Vairship Avatar

      If a KV1 Mini is road legal in Washington State, would this really be any more difficult?

      1. Rover_1 Avatar