Our Company

TranStar Racing, LLC is a team of race car builders and suppliers,

each of whom is the best-of-the-best in his field

 

It is important to understand that almost every component of the Dagger GT has been fabricated and proven many times before by each of the outstanding race car fabricators on the team.

 

Our engine fabricator/designer routinely produces 2000 to 6000 horsepower engines for his many satisfied clients. The 500 CID supercharged Dagger GT engine will make 2000 horsepower at 9,500 RPM on 118 octane racing fuel, using unrestricted Formula 1 and NASCAR racing technology. The block will be billet aluminum and we will use Military-grade cryogenics on critical components for extra strength, durability and hardness.

Phil Frank:

Founder of Phil Frank Design and the designer of the Saleen S7 and will serve as Consulting Director of Design. The Saleen S7-R recently retired the trophy for the GT-1 class at LeMans.

 

Mike Mendeola:

Founder of Mendeola Transaxles, the top transaxle fabricator in the USA. Mike is custom-building a Dagger Transaxle rated to 3000 HP/2700 TQ exclusively for TranStar Racing. Mike will use the world's strongest steel, 300M for all drive train components. We will also use US Military-grade cryogenics to strengthen the gearbox and drivetrain.

Mendeola Transaxles will build an exclusive

custom TranStar Transaxle rated to 3000 HP and 2700 TQ

 

Our frame and body will be made

from space-age Carbon fiber

composites and keep the total car

weight to 2000 pounds.

 

Matt Jackson leads the paint and interiors team (CEO of After FX Customs) routinely producing beautiful aftermarket interiors for Lamborghinis and spectacular custom paint for show cars.

 

Land Speed Team:

 

TranStar Racing’s All-star Advisory Team includes the owner-driver

of the world’s fastest 314 mph, 2500 horsepower sports car.

 

Main and Poteet's 462 mph Speed Demon.


 

We have three land-speed advisors that have run over 300mph at Bonneville. One of them has recently broken the 300 mph barrier in a 2000 hp sports car at Bonneville and has agreed to be an unofficial advisor to the TranStar Team for our run at 300 mph.

 

John Rains has likewise also provided valuable advice to us and has agreed to continue to advise us and help us break the 300 mph barrier. John has pushed his V-6 Twin Turbo Trans Am over 300 mph at Bonneville with 2000 hp. Ron Main has recently hit 462 mph with his “Speed Demon”.

 

John Rains 300 mph Trans Am

 

We congratulate Johnny Bohmer on his 283.232 mph standing mile run at NASA using VBOX officials and verification by Guinness Book of World Records Johnny has tentatively agreed to help us break 300 mph and be our driver and advisor.


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We are also happy to report that we have contacted the builder of Melanie Troxel's World Record Pro Mod Corvette dragster. R2B2 racing, who will help us build the Dagger GT-D (Pro Mod dragster) that will break 260 mph in the Quarter Mile and break under 1.0 seconds in the zero-to-60 (typical for Pro Mods).

 

Assembly Team:

World-renowned Chris Ortiz founder/CEO of Kaizen Assembly, LLC will be assisted by auto industry veterans to ensure efficient and top notch production line for each of our custom, hand-made Supercars. Chris has written five books on “lean” and efficient assembly lines and manufacturing processes. A former Fortune 500 industrial engineer, Chris has been published in over one-half dozen trade journals, designed over 100 assembly lines, and conducted over 150 training seminars. His training includes “Demand Flow Technology” and Georgia Tech training for ISO 9001: 2000 Internal Quality Auditing. He is a member of the Institute of Industrial Engineers and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers. Chris has served on two pit crews for racing teams.

 

Our shop floor assembly manager and General Manager will be Harri Tervola, President of Ter-Tech, a highly successful racing shop. Harri is an experienced race car and Supercar builder-driver. His Ter-Tech Team has worked on the Mosler MT 900, the Renntech Mercedes AMG and Harri has built numerous other custom sports cars, almost single-handedly in many cases. Harri is a racing instructor and test driver. He has an extensive electrical background with wiring assemblies and is an accomplished electrician as well as lead assemblyman for custom, high-end performance cars.

 

 

Off-the-Shelf and State-of-the-Art:

All remaining components of the Dagger GT are off-the-shelf, proven systems that have been produced thousands of times before for the automotive industry.

 

Engineering Team:

We have exceptional automotive engineers on our team including, but not limited to, Automotive Technology Group (ATG) and ATG/Bosch helping us with Airbags and stability control systems. Farina SRL will serve as our representative responsible for EU crash test and emissions compliance.

 

Quality Assurance Team:

Quality Assurance and continuous improvement will be the responsibility of everyone. It will be the culture… an attitude and a passion. Quality people produce quality cars through mutual respect, passion, and teamwork. No one knows this better than our QA leader, Kaizen Assembly, LLC, certified for the ISO 9001: 2000 and recognized as the best-of-the-best in automotive Quality Assurance. They are experts for new automotive launch, quality engineering support, ISO/TS consulting, training and implementation support services.

 

Safety Team:

The safety team is composed of two outstanding former executive-engineers with the US DOT National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA): 1) Dr. Joseph Kanianthra, PhD, and 2) Michael Monk, MS, PE, co-CEOs with Active Safety Engineering, LLC. They had a combined 58 years of experience at NHTSA. Mike was the Director of the Vehicle Research and Test Center at NHTSA and Joseph rose to Associate Administrator of the Office of Vehicle Safety Research and served as Division Chief for the Office of Safety Standards. These gentlemen were responsible for rulemaking, national safety standards, research, side impact protection, biomechanics, crashworthiness, and airbag protection regulations of NHTSA. Together, they have published almost 100 papers in their field and have a dozen awards. The Dagger will feature rollbars, 5-point harnesses and front airbags for maximum occupant restraint and protection.

 

Emissions Team:

TranStar has also joined forces with Les Weaver of Wallace Labs to lead our emissions team. Les has over 20 EPA Certificates of Conformity for new-entry vehicles and has developed a failsafe strategy for us to win EPA and CARB approvals. Don Olson of Olson Ecologic Testing Labs to insure we meet all EPA protocols for emission testing and EPA Conformity Certification. Olson Ecologic is an EPA-certified emissions laboratory. Charlie Pantano of Eastern Catalytic Converters has prepared preliminary computations to estimate our Catalytic converter requirement. We also boast another EPA-certified lab: Southwest Research Institute.

 

Aerodynamics Team:

Heather P. Houlden, Richard White and their team of aerodynamic engineers at ViGYAN are our aerodynamicists responsible for wind tunnel testing. ViGYAN is the wind tunnel lab for NASA.

 

Our aerospace team worked on the world’s fastest, 340 mph diesel car.

 

Airflow Sciences will provide CFD simulation for the Dagger GT. Airflow Sciences are aerodynamicists for NASCAR and Formula 1 cars and they served on the team for the world’s fastest diesel car, a 340 mph streamliner. Preliminary analysis suggests the Dagger can exceed 315 mph. Vigyan’s and Airflow Sciences’ job is to make sure we do that safely.

 

The Founder and Managing Member:

N. Craig Miller, MS, PE has over 40 years of transportation engineering design, research and management experience. He holds a Bachelor of Science from Virginia Tech and a Master of Science from the “U” (University of Miami) funded by a Scholarship from the US DOT. He is a former DOT engineer and a safety consultant (Principal Investigator) to the US DOT, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) on two large nationwide research studies involving vehicle operations and safety.

 

Mr. Miller has designed ground transportation vehicles and written vehicle specifications on multiple occasions. He has worked on multi-million dollar Research and Development projects funded by the US DOT. His work has included assisting clients in securing EPA approvals and meeting the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and its attendant regulations. He is the former founder and developer of a highly profitable engineering business and successfully sold/merged that business into the number 1 “transportation-only” consultancy in the USA (TranSystems).

 

He has a stellar track record in the negotiations and management of multi-million dollar engineering contracts. He also has experience in project finance, marketing, profitability, and mega-firm national team leadership, having served as Senior Vice President, Executive Vice President, and President of private engineering corporations. He has led engineering teams on several projects valued between $300M to over one billion dollars. Mr. Miller has published over 70 technical papers and has served as speaker/author on over 100 occasions at national and international conferences including the National Academy of Sciences, Transportation Research Board, where he has served as a committee chair and received recognition from the Academy for his service. He has been invited to speak at the prestigious Harvard Club in Manhattan. He has one-half dozen awards for Engineering Excellence including the Florida Institute of Consulting Engineers’ Grand Award for Engineering Excellence. He is a fierce competitor.

 

 

 

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Our Team

Meet the TranStar All-Star Team

 

TranStar Racing, LLC:

N. Craig Miller, MS, PE; Founder and Managing Director

 

Design and Fabrication:

Phil Frank; Lead Design Consultant

Ivan Luccion; Industrial Designer for Concept

Tom Van Ryn; CAD Designer

Mike Mendeola and Ian Kirkland; Mendeola Transaxles

Composite Engineering and Design, CF frame builders; Stage 2 Roller Chassis and Suspension

 

The Assembly Team:

TranStar Technicians

Harri Tervola; Ter-Tech

Chris Ortiz; Kaizen Assembly

 

Engineering Team:

Tass Engineering

EASi Engineering

Altair Product Design (automotive engineers)

Automotive Technology Group/TRW/Bosch, stability, airbags and other systems

 

QA Team:

Kaizen Assembly

The Land Speed Team

Three 300 mph+ racers, including:

John Rains, 300 mph Trans Am

Ron Main, 436mph

 

Safety Team:

Dr. Joseph Kanianthra, PhD

Michael Monk, MS, PE, Active Safety Engineering, LLC

 

Emissions Team:

Don Olson; Ecologic Labs (emissions testing)

SwRI and Wallace Environmental Testing Labs

 

Aerodynamics Team:

Richard White; ViGYAN (wind tunnel tests)

Andrew L. Banka, PE; Airflow Sciences Corp. 

(CFD simulation)

 

Interiors and Paint:

Matt Jackson, After FX Customs

 

Onboard Computer/Electronics:

Johnny Cooper; Azentek

Aaron Westberg, Speedhut

Harri Tervola, Electrician (and assembly manager)

 

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