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With the start of the 2016 Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda season just around the corner, Andersen Promotions is already looking toward the future.

Dan Andersen, owner and CEO of Andersen Promotions, announced a pricing deal for the forthcoming Tatuus USF-17 which will be introduced for the 2017 USF2000 season.

The first 17 orders for the new car will receive a discount of $2000 on the complete rolling chassis/engine package, plus one free set of Cooper rain tires valued at $1,045.

The Tatuus USF-17, replacing the series’ 17-year-old Van Diemen chassis, is expected to be the standard for at least the next five years.

The USF-17 monocoque chassis has been enhanced over typical F4 designs and meets current FIA safety standards, including side impact panels, front and rear impact structures, HANS-compliant head restraint, front and rear wheel tethers, upgraded uprights and upgraded front bulkhead structure for USA-specific oval tracks. Unique sidepods and engine cover along with USF2000-specific front and rear wing end plates, nose cone and front cover combine to form an aero package that includes carbon composite wings with adjustable twin-element rear wing and a carbon composite diffuser.

The package will also include the previously announced PFC four-piston brake system, a Cosworth L2 Plus data system with a Cosworth CFW 277 steering wheel (which includes an integrated dash and shifting paddles) and a Magnetti electronic gear shift system. The new price of $51,800 will also grant a set of forged aluminum American Racing Technomesh wheels and a stainless steel exhaust system.

The USF-17 will utilize Dynamic’s 1640 three-way dampers.

“We are delighted to be able to expand the included components from the package that was originally announced at the PRI show last December,” said Dan Andersen.

“While we are excited about the prospects for the current season, we are equally enthusiastic about offering our competitors such an advanced equipment package in 2017.”

Testing of the prototype, which is to be unveiled at a special ceremony at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on the day before the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500, will begin in June on both road courses and ovals.

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