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 rallycross and rally cars and running championship caliber teams for manufacturers and corporate sponsors. Vermont SportsCar is a technical partner to Subaru of America and has managed the brand’s motorsports program in the USA since 2005.
WE SPECIALIZE IN:
· The design/engineering and build of ultra high performance competition rallycross and rally cars
· Creation and management of bespoke teams for corporate sponsors and private drivers
· Special projects including design/build of high performance cars to be used for stunt projects or corporate events
· 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 forty full-time employees today.
SUBARU MOTORSPORTS 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 2006-2009 and most recently from 2011-2016. In 2017 the team switched its focus to the American Rally Association Championship (ARA) and won the inaugural ARA driver’s championship in 2017 and again in 2018. The team also manages Subaru’s rallycross efforts with a multi-car team competing in the Americas Rallycross Championship (ARX). For 2019 the team re-branded as “Subaru Motorsports USA” and returned to the iconic blue and yellow livery of past major Subaru motorsports efforts.
Lance Smith strives to help grow the sport of rally and rallycross in the USA and serve as an ambassador for the sports. “No matter what the project we always aim to help rallying achieve the attention and respect it deserves,” explains Smith. “Rallying is our passion.”