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Incorporated in 1991, Elite Engines opened up shop with one goal in mind: to win championships. With over 50 professional and SCCA National championships in 24 years, Elite has delivered. Owned and operated by Steve Knapp, the 1998 Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year, Elite Engines knows how to power you to reach victory lane. The company, based in West Bend, WI, is the official engine preparer and builder for the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship powered by Mazda.


Building and preparing engines is what we do. Our skilled team of "Elite" engineers and technicians work hard to bring you the most highly competitive and reliable race engines available.

We are called "Elite" for a reason. Our responsibility to our customers is to create and prepare a race-winning engine that delivers the power, drivability and reliability our customers expect. We take great pride in our work and reputation. Customer satisfaction is our primary commitment to any engine that bears our name.

We have created champions in the following series:

 - Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda

 - F1600 Championship Series

 - F2000 Championship Series

 - Formula Atlantic Championship


We hold over 50 SCCA National Championships in the following classes:

- Formula Ford

- Formula Continental

- Formula Atlantic

- Sports 2000

- C Sports Racer


We also proudly claimed multiple wins in a variety of vintage classes. We are affiliated with the Mazda Road to Indy, SCCA and SVRA.




“When I look back on my own racing career, the year I won the USF2000 championship, 1996, was the most fun I had as a driver. Now I get the chance to look at it from a different perspective. It’s fun to watch the kids come up through the ranks like I did.”

Steve Knapp

Motorsport-inspired engineering and manufacturing

without compromise .

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