To commemorate the partnership between NASCAR driver Tony Stewart and Haas Automation founder Gene Haas—co-owners of Stewart-Haas racing—Haas is building a limited-edition Tony Stewart VF-2SS VMC. The first special-edition machine tool the company has ever designed and built features a special racing paint scheme as well as sports decals of Mr. Stewart’s signature and the No. 14 of his NASCAR ride. To complete the look, the Stewart-Haas Racing logo is etched in stainless steel below the machine’s control pendant. Each machine comes equipped with a programmable coolant nozzle, 300-psi through-tool coolant and an automatic chip auger.
Haas will build only 75 of these machines during 2009. Each will feature an engraved and numbered aluminum plaque personally signed by Mr. Stewart as well as a certificate of authenticity. The company will donate a portion of the proceeds from each sale to charity.