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About this project


What is RawSpeed?

Never before has there been as exclusive a look into the heart pounding, blood-boiling world of high speed motorcycle racing.

RawSpeed will be a unique hybrid reality web series (8 episodes – approx. 10-20 minutes each) that will follow the up-close-and-personal lives of the RawSpeed Racing team, in and out of the pits, as they blast their way into an intense new season of American sportbike racing which kicks off in May and ends in Daytona at the Race of Champions in October. We will follow the drama of them chasing their dreams.

The circuit features a diverse landscape of speed freaks -- characters from all walks of life that crave the rush, so it only makes sense that the RawSpeed team of riders come from vastly different backgrounds. It’s only their passion for racing that binds them together. Week in and week out, they live on the edge of life and death, racing at insane speeds to reach podium glory.

We’ll give you moments of adrenaline-dosed anxiety and inspiration as they reveal what they are willing to sacrifice to make it to the top of the podium, even when it means going head-to-head with a teammate. Even though each rider races for RawSpeed, only individual accolades count; there are no team awards. So when they’re not helping each other fix their bikes, these riders are ultra competitive, even amongst themselves.

David and Kris have created their dream team of hopeful team members, and the upcoming season will determine who makes the cut.

As they chase Superbike gold, each guy reveals their own breed of speed and flexes a unique competitive edge to get to the top--as a racer and as a team. Each race brings extreme safety risks--these guys are no strangers to wiping out. Crashes are not only possible, they’re probable! We’ll capture them risking it all, racing up and down the East Coast while juggling the physical and mental tolls this manic motorsport takes on their relationships, careers, and financial responsibilities. It ain’t easy, but for RawSpeed, the rewards far outweigh the risks.

Traveling the east coast from race to race doesn’t just take a toll on their bank accounts; it also takes a toll on their bikes. In the long season anything can happen: broken gas lines, finicky race engines and other technician gremlins are always looming. We’ll get behind-the-scenes of the continuous building, rebuilding, and perfecting of Ducati’s, Yamahas and Suzuki’s. Fixing bikes definitely isn’t easy, and by the end of the series we will show you enough bikes transformed to be convinced that motorcycle maintenance is an art unto itself.

We’ll live the crazy life of a racer not just in the garage and on the track, but in the pits, and in the backs of the trailers after long days and short nights. The life of a racer is a mix of blood curdling excitement and life-threatening anxiety, but these adrenaline junkies wouldn’t have it any other way.

Does RawSpeed have what it takes to push their team to the next level and keep racing in the big leagues?



What is a hybrid reality based web series?

A hydrid reality series is a combination of reality and fiction based scenes. While the world of road racing provides enough excitement and drama in itself, we are looking to provide some good old fashion entertainment for our viewers as well. The idea is to take raw footage from the track and pits that is compelling but also pepper in some witty “Dukes of Hazard” style commentary, small skits (For example: iconic scenes from Talladega Nights or Days of Thunder) and dream sequences to elevate certain moments making them more humorous! We are looking to provide something new and entertaining for viewers.

Who is behind RawSpeed?

The RawSpeed team behind this project is a grass roots incubator team founded by David Hanig and Kris Knopf who are two motorcycle racers that have a dream to foster young talent and provide them with the essential platform to showcase their skills.

David Hanig is actually corporate by day, but he's just working for the weekend, for his next chance to ride. He is the leader and he fights to keep the riders focused, motivated and at the top of their game. As a rider, he has to challenge himself as well to get better with each race, trying to shave seconds off his time at every turn. 

Kris Knopf is former surfer turned racer. During the week, he’s involved in the second hand car market in New England, but on the weekends he’s all about burning rubber. He’s only been at it for a few years, but he stays focused going fast and helps to balance out the RawSpeed leadership.

David and Kris have built their dream team from the ground up with RawSpeed hopefuls, Shane, Frankie, Tyler and Christian. They are a collection of young riders with raw talent, each with their own breed of speed, and a unique competitive edge.

They also have a vision of showcasing the exhilarating world of club motorcycle racing and it’s tight knit community, so people can see how thrilling, yet safe and accessible it is as well. They hope to encourage motorcycle enthusiasts alike to see their own potential to take to the race track themselves. Fans can turn their dreams into reality at the race track. The can advance their skills by participating in schools, track days and ultimately racing.

James is the creative director behind RawSpeed. He has 15 years of experience in the advertising/design industry and has also worked on short films of his own in the past. He has been working with David behind the scenes on everything from logo design, to their uniforms and building the website from the ground up. Prior, he envisioned himself one day doing bold design for race cars so he is very excited to be collaborating with David on this project and get his feet wet in this exhilarating sport.

How is this project funded? What is the funding for?

We wanted to test our thesis to be sure we are correct in thinking this will be interesting and great entertainment for our audience. We also wanted to give you a glimpse of what we are trying to accomplish. Therefore, we bought a couple small cameras for filming and small sport cameras to attach to the bikes which really give an inside view from the rider on the track. We're seeking further funding to hire an experienced camera crew to shoot all around the track since they are very large with 12 turns, while still being able to film in the pit area where all the chaos and off-track interaction happens. We need to cover as much ground as possible.

For starters we plan to have:
 4 Experienced Cameramen
12 On bike cameras (6 riders with 2 bike cameras each)
1 Intern
3 editors for post-production work

It will be an 8-part series since there are 8 total race weekends on the schedule this season. We have estimated we can get this done for $10,000 per episode. We are also enlisting a group of volunteers to help where needed. However, the more money we raise the larger our production crew can be. At our minimum goal we will get our project done and it will be of very high quality even within the tight budget. To ensure this we have already begun recruiting true RawSpeed believers who are willing work at discounted rates since they love the sport and just want to see this come to life.

*Please note, no racer will be collecting a salary or receiving any sort of compensation or reimbursements for any costs. The funding will be strictly used for production costs including camera crew, audio crew and post-production work. It will not be used for the any individual’s race expenses or anything related to racing. This will ensure that the current landscape of the diverse financial situations of the racers will not be affected (i.e. we want to capture the real deal).

Why a web series?

Through a web series we will be able to show our inside racing world and its entire thrill to a much larger audience. What better place than the online web community. We also believe that we have an exceptional idea that we’d like to complete on our own. We think we can make this series with as many cameras and crew for a fraction of the cost of what a major network would pay to accomplish a series like this.

What’s the status of production?

To start, we used our own shooting cameras and on-bike cameras to compile footage at a race weekend down in Homestead, FL recently. We are currently in the post-production phase of using this footage to edit together short clips to showcase our concept and let you feel the excitement (which we dug deep into our pockets for, and are now tapped unfortunately). Production is scheduled to start at the first race weekend in New Jersey this May. Everything is planned and ready to go. The team is built and ready to start, all we need is your help to fund the project.


How can I help?

You can help by pledging any amount you can and in return you will receive our rewards exclusive to Kickstarter. We greatly appreciate any support you are able to give. Please feel free to reach out with any questions via email at RawSpeedRacing@gmail.com

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    We will put your name in the episode credits and you'll receive a thank you video from the team. RawSpeed!

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    We will include your name in the episode credits. PLUS you'll receive a DVD of the full completed season. Also, please share your Twitter handle and we'll send you a personal thank you tweet!

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    You'll get your very own RawSpeed T-shirt and a DVD of the full completed season SIGNED by the entire team! The T-shirt will be a high-quality cotton tee designed exclusively for RawSpeed by James V. that you will be proud wear - no boring swag tees here. (T-shirt will be ready by June 2012)

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    We will send you a personalized thank you video from the entire RawSpeed team and an exclusive T-shirt mentioned above. RawSpeed!

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    2 Tickets to CCS/ASRA race weekend of your choice so you and a friend can witness the excitement and burning rubber for yourself!

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    You will receive an exclusive RawSpeed button down sublimation crew shirt exclusively designed by James V. (not a tee). Again this will be high quality and the shirt will just be awesome to have!

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    Join us at the track for a race weekend as part of our pit crew and you'll get a team T-shirt to wear!

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    We will set you up at a Penguin Roadracing school day along with providing a practice motorcycle to ride. Penguin is The Oldest Motorcycle Roadracing School in the Country! They are dedicated to helping the new rider learn the basic skills necessary for a successful racing career, as well as tutoring the experienced racer who needs the competitive edge to get to the front of the pack. They also welcome the street riding enthusiast who would like to improve their everyday riding skills and experience the race track in a non-racing environment.

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    You get your vary own walk-on role during the series and co-producer credit. We will coordinate this and incorporate you sometime throughout the season that best suits you and the team.

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    See us at the legendary House of Speed! You'll get to witness the RawSpeed season finale with an exciting trip to the 29th annual CCS Race of Champions at Daytona International Speedway! We'll even cover your full travel expenses and accommodations. October 18th-21st.

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    Join RawSpeed as a walk-on team rider if you have what it takes! We do ask that you be an experienced racer and an appropriate fit for our team dynamic. Minimum of Amatuer race license please.

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    This a special reward for anyone who wants feature their company or business. Will make you an official RawSpeed sponsor with your logo sticker featured on the bottom half of each team member's bike.

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