In operation since 1988, Vermont SportsCar is the premier rally car preparation shop in North America. Vermont SportsCar specializes in the construction and preparation of rally cars and running championship caliber teams for manufacturers and corporate sponsors.
WE SPECIALIZE IN:
· Custom rally car preparation
· Creation and management of branded rally teams for corporate sponsors and private drivers
· Arrive and drive rally racing programs
· Special projects: Custom cars, show-car projects for corporate sponsors
· Supplier of select performance and rally specific products
Vermont SportsCar is the creation and vision of veteran rally car builder and former co-driver Lance Smith. Lance got started in rallying by helping American rally legend, and fellow Vermonter, John Buffum during the 1980s and into the early 1990s. At the same time, Lance became involved in classic/exotic car restorations, but his true love was rally and he soon shifted the focus of his business almost exclusively to rally cars.
Smith’s reputation for high-quality craftsmanship and attention to detail in the restoration business became hallmarks of Vermont SportsCar’s rally-car construction business and the company quickly formed a reputation for building the best prepared rally cars in North America. Vermont SportsCar has grown from a small four person operation in the early nineties to a unique bustling motorsports business with over twenty-five full-time employees today.
SUBARU RALLY TEAM USA
Since 2005 Vermont SportsCar has had official support from Subaru of America and in 2006 together created Subaru Rally Team USA. Vermont SportsCar handles all facets of the team, including the build of the team rally cars. The team rally cars are built nearly entirely in-house, including the shell prep, roll-cages, engines and many of the composite parts. The team has won the Rally America National Championship in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and most recently 2011. Additionally, under the Subaru Rally Support Program, Vermont SportsCar administers a Subaru contingency program for privateers at each round of the Rally America National Championship.
Lance Smith has always strived to help grow the sport of rallying in the USA and serve as an ambassador for the sport. “No matter what the project we always aim to help rallying achieve the attention and respect it deserves,” explains Smith. “The sport has been sort of underground in the USA but we know it could be, and should be, bigger. Finally rallying is getting mainstream attention and exposure and we hope to help continue this momentum.” Rallying is our passion and we strive every day to help the sport gain new fans, new drivers and new sponsors.