NASCAR racer will compete on studded tires

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Vintage Toyota stock car racer will compete in Austrian ice race with studded tires | Lucas Pripff Icehistoric17 photos

A NASCAR racer “will test studded tires to the extreme” when it competes later this month in the GP Ice Race revival in Zell am See, Austria. 

Also joining the event scheduled for January 19-20 are the famed “Fetzenflieger” single-seater and the KTM X-Bow, in which spectators will be offered rides around the icy racing circuit. The event, which revives the area’s ice racing history, is being organized by Ferdinand Porsche, a scion of the famed sports car-producing family, and Vincenz Greger, his business partner in Gregor Porsche Classic Cars. 

The Red Bull NASCAR stock car is based on the vehicles that competed in the American racing series and has been used for demonstration runs at the Red Bull Ring, an Austrian race track. Its Toyota V8 engine generates more than 650 horsepower. 

MA-01, aka Fetzenflieger, was undefeated in 20 starts during the 1952 racing season

The Fetzenflieger dates to 1952 when Otto Mathe created his MA-01, a single-seater weighing only 490 kilograms (1080 pounds) and powered by a 1.5-liter Porsche engine that pumps out 130 horsepower. Despite being unable to use his left arm after a crash in 1934, Mathe was undefeated in the car, winning 20 races during the 1952 season. 

The car is part of Oliver Schmidt’s Hamburg, Germany-based Automuseum Prototyp collection.

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KTM X-Bow will provide spectators with thrill rides around the icy racing circuit

Also drawing interest will be the KTM X-Bow, a two-seat, four-wheel, ultra-light sports car with a rear-mounted 300-horsepower engine. Such rally stars as Ferdinand Stuck, so of Hans-Joachim Stuck, and Hermann Neubauer and Kris Rosenberger will drive the vehicle with spectators riding along in the passenger’s seat.

“During our event, every spectator will have the chance to get close to the action and the stars,” Ferdinand Porsche promises.

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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  1. It’s really amazing how NASCAR racers could compete in an extreme race on a pure ice race track using studded tires! I’m sure my dad would be pretty excited to watch the show live with me because we’re both into extreme sports. This would definitely be something that dad would want to replicate by experimenting with tire treads when the race circuits thicken with snow. This is incredible! https://frisbyracetire.com/home.html

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