25 Apr John Murphy / Damien Smith. Locost & Global Light
John Murphy & Damien Smith have entered the Open Endurance Series as a relay team. With both the Global Light and the Locost running small fuel tanks the 2 car, 2 driver relay team option was ideal for the Carlow pairing.
Locost kit car
Developed over the last 6 years, John’s Locost 7 is now an extremely quick car. Rather than the usual Ford four banger or bike power John has taken a route less traveled and the featherweight kit car is now powered by a 2 litre, turbocharged Honda F20 motor, which gives it around 600bhp per tonne!
With that much power in a lightweight car you find yourself pulling gears pretty quickly and a Saenz sequential gearbox with paddle shift makes things a bit more manageable.
All this is transferred to the ground through fully independent suspension and Penske 3 way adjustable shocks and very wide, sticky slicks! Oh and there’s a DRS system too!
Global GT Light
The second car on the team, driven by Damien Smith is a standard Global GT light. The Globals feature a full space frame chassis, high down force bodywork and a 600cc Yamaha bike engine and sequential box.
John has raced both the global and the Locost off and on for the last few years in Time attack and GT’s and has done a lot of track days too.
Damien is Johns nephew and has spent the last 11 years racing bikes. This will be his first year on 4 wheels
Mercedessprinters.ie is Johns own business and they offer a complete sales, service, parts, and repair service for Mercedes Sprinter vans throughout Ireland. For more information see https://mercedessprinters.ie/ or call 059 9147969