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Larsen Motorsports Introduces New Embry-Riddle Jet Dragster for 2013 Race Season

Daytona Beach, FL, November 29, 2012

New Jet Dragster Introduced

New ERAU Jet Dragster

Larsen Motorsports of Daytona Beach debuted the new Embry-Riddle Jet Dragster at a celebration held Nov. 23 during the 39th annual Turkey Rod Run at Daytona International Speedway.

Rookie Marisha Falk, who will drive the new car in the 2013 season, and fellow race car driver and team co-owner Elaine Larsen signed autographs at the unveiling.

Also on hand for the unveiling were several Embry-Riddle student interns who apply their specialized skills on a daily basis at the Larsen High-Performance Vehicles Research & Development Center in Daytona Beach.

The all-new dragster custom built for Falk features a number of new innovations and a military-fighter-style blue camouflage paint scheme to salute America’s armed forces around the world. The car is powered by a fully after-burning General Electric J-85 turbo-jet engine like that used in F-5 fighter aircraft. The ultra-lightweight dragster weighs only 1,143 pounds empty, giving it a nearly 4:1 power-to-weight ratio.

Falk’s current 5,000-horsepower hot rod has won three Best Engineered Awards from some of the most prominent sanctioning bodies in the world. It will be retired after two more races at the end of the 2012 season to become a display car in the ticketing lobby of Daytona Beach International Airport, where it will represent the racing heritage of Daytona Beach.

"The new 2013 jet dragster is just amazing – the car was designed and built just for me,” Falk said. She and her Embry-Riddle team will begin conducting private testing of the new car in December to prepare it for its first race in March 2013.

“The Thanksgiving Weekend Turkey Rod Run was the perfect place to unveil Embry-Riddle’s new jet dragster,” said Elaine Larsen. “With all of the hot rodders in town for one of the largest car shows in the United States, it was standing-room-only when the car was unveiled.”

About Larsen Motorsports

Larsen Motorsports is a multi-team national professional racing organization specializing in turbine-powered high-performance vehicles based at the developing Embry-Riddle Research & Technology Park in Daytona Beach, Fla. The Larsen Motorsports High-Performance Vehicles Research & Development Center is open to the public Tuesday through Thursday each week for visitors to tour the fabrication, final assembly and turbine-engine labs. Specialized appointments or tour arrangements for large groups can be coordinated by contacting the facility at www.info@LMSJETS.com.

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