Racecar-services firm opens new site near VIR
A Dulles-based racecar-services provider and car dealership has opened a new location at the VIRginia Motorsport Technology Park in Halifax County.
WISKO Race Engineering sells the Radical racecar at its 10,000-square-foot site at the industrial park, adjacent to Virginia International Raceway (VIR).
“The Radical is a race-purpose vehicle that is built and manufactured in England,” says Daniel Torres Delgado, WISKO’s general manager. “It is one of the largest racecar manufacturers in the world.”
WISKO’s Dulles location, on the other hand, is an exotic car dealership and services and repairs Ferrari racecars.
Delgado says a new Radical can cost from $80,000 to $220,000, depending on the model. In addition to selling new and used racecars and providing racecar services, WISKO offers customers an “arrive-and-drive” program, which allows them to drive a Radical without purchasing it.
WISKO considered locating at other racetracks but was ultimately drawn to VIR, a racetrack and resort that attracts thousands of visitors each year. WISKO has a race team that has competed at the racetrack. “VIR was definitely our top pick,” Delgado says.
The company, founded in 2012, initially focused on developing professional racecar drivers. Its business now also targets customers who want to own and drive racecars as a hobby. WISKO has six full-time employees at its two locations.
VIR has five racetrack configurations, a kart track, skeet and rifle ranges, a spa and a restaurant. The resort has 250-full time members, which can nearly double on a race weekend.
Other tenants at VIR’s business park include TMI Autotech Inc., which makes racecars; SascoSports Inc., a racecar shop; and Virginia Tech Transportation Institute’s SoVA Vehicle Motion Lab and the National Tire Research Center, which provide research and testing for the automotive industry.