Swift Engineering, formerly Swift Cars, was founded by David Bruns, Axles Cross, R.K. Smith, and Paul White in 1983. The company’s first car was a Formula Ford 1600 named the DB-1, which won the SCCA National Championship in its debut race. The company later built cars for many open-wheel racing series including CART, Formula Atlantic, Sports 2000, Formula Nippon, and Formula Ford 2000. Swift built chassis for the CART World Series from 1997 to 2000. After a successful campaign in 1997, in which the Swift 007.i, won the season opener, successor for the car was designed for 1998. The Swift 009.c was designed by David Bruns in cooperation with Haas CNC. The car featured carbon fiber monocoque chassis and was powered by Ford-XD 2,650 cc V8 engine. Swift provided their cars to Newman-Haas Racing with Michel Andretti and Christian Fittipaldi. A third Swift 009.c chassis was entered by Della Penna Motorsports for Richie Hearn. The Swift 009.c made a stunning debut with Michael Andretti winning the season opener and Christian Fittipaldi finishing fourth. Andretti finished second at Gateway, Cleveland, Toronto and Vancouver and was 7th in the final CART drivers’ standings. The best results for Fittipaldi were two third places at Road America and Surfers Paradise. Brazilian finished the season 14th. Swift secured the second place in the constructors’ championship, second to only the dominant Reynard 98.
The scale model was issued by Hot Wheels in 1998 Premier Edition Pro Racing series.
|1998||CART FedEx Championship|
|Christian Fittipaldi||11||Newman-Haas Racing|
|1:64||Hot Wheels||1998 Premier Edition Pro Racing|