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Evolution

In his early racing years, Brad Frisselle successfully competed in his D-Production 2 liter Datsun Roadster. Then came the day where he decided that he would take the next step up to professional IMSA racing. He consulted with friends Mac Tilton and Dave Kent, who introduced him to Jack Scoville. During his trip to compete in the 1972 SCCA American Road Racing Classic with his Roadster, he was introduced to Scoville and settled on purchasing a car. After acquiring the car, Frisselle would race the car once in an SCCA National race at Fort Sumner, New Mexico before bringing it back to California.

Frisselle would set out on a 10-month journey to design, construct, and test a prototype for the IMSA Camel GT Series. The car was completely stripped and acid dipped down to bare metal before beginning the build. Frisselle was quoted, "I did not realize how big of an effort it was going to be, but fully embraced the build process. It would have been just as good starting with a brand new car but Datsun was not ready to provide me with a car." This was a decision that Datsun later would very much regret!

Frisselle's Transcendental Racing program began with his friend Don Brauseleur, who worked for Bob Tullius and Lee Mueller, and Dave Kent. The team would later expand to include an all star line up of Joe Cavaglieri (Crew Chief), John Knepp of Electramotive (engine builder), Don Reynolds, Trevor Harris, Mac Tilton (suspension design) and Yoshi Suzuka (designed and built the chassis, roll cage and body).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


The team worked at Dave Kent's shop, Creative Car Craft in Hawthorne, CA, from start to finish every day on the car. Mac Tilton put Frisselle in touch with John Knepp of Electramotive for engine building duties. The Frisselle team really was the first team that put Electramotive on the map as first customer. Frisselle continued to gobble up the old BRE team, and others came from the renowned Carroll Shelby Team. John Morton, coming off his four SCCA C-Production and Trans-Am championships, contributed heavily to the overall build of the car. Together, Trevor Harris and Mac Tilton designed the suspension and cage. A work of art, it was the best cage that had ever been designed for a Z car at the time. All bars were tied into the front or rear suspension towers to give the suspension a solid anchor. Frisselle said that "Dave Kent was the most amazing guy I had ever met in racing and had a shop that did amazing body and paint." Kent painted all the original BRE cars and was a skilled metal fabricator and shaper.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A true wizard of his craft, he shaped all the fenders that Yoshi Suzuka had designed. The shape was so successful that the factory team bought the body from Transcendental Racing. Suzuka originally came over from Japan to work for BRE. Although he showed up not speaking any English, he would not let that stop him from success. He started by sweeping the floors. Frisselle mentioned of Yoshi that "he was a trained aerodynamicist for God's sake! He was also a damn good fabricator in his right, tremendous engineer and thinker. He mapped out all the suspension and ran it by Trevor Harris." Suzuka would go on to do all the aerodynamic work on the 80's Nissan GTP cars for Electramotive. After the Z racing effort, he would go on to perform a lot of the aerodynamic work on Frisselle's Frisbee Can-Am car, building a moving ground plane wind tunnel.

John Morton and crew on Friselle engine.
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