1983 Ford Fiesta XR2 Mk1
Started on May 11 by Graham Blackwell
Race Car, built for Hillclimb and Sprints in the UK, as featured in August 2006 GRM magazine. Back then it had a Zetec engine, producing around 180BHP, but never satisfied, I changed the engine in 2008 for a Ford Duratec, and also decided to rewire the car for the 2nd time, and make various other changes to make it more competitive.
Chassis is a 1983 Ford Fiesta XR2, transplanted with a 2008 2.0 Ford Duratec DHE420 engine from the European Ford Fiesta ST150.
Titan barrel throttle bodies with 100mm air-horns. A Titan fuel rail delivers fuel to the cylinder head, and the car features Fuel injection running the IW031 injectors in batch mode. The sparks are provided by Coil On Plug modules, individually controlled by the DTA S80 ECU.
Tony Law 4-2-1 race exhaust system.
ARP conrod and flywheel bolts, a
Titan Superlight flywheel (3.7Kgs), and an
AP Racing cerametallic paddle clutch and competition clutch cover.
It has a self built wiring loom, using nomex sleeving throughout.
At the rolling road in May 2011, we recorded 200bhp and 160ft/lb using a 7600rpm rev limit.
In February 2011 I installed a prototype five speed Quaife sequential front wheel drive transmission. I am aiding Quaife with the R&D of the new gearbox.
Kustomengineering.com race suspension featuring alloy heims and adjustable arms throughout. The front suspension uses 2.25" coilovers, with 275lb springs, and the rear axle has 450lb springs and retains the panhard rod setup.
Externally the car has a carbon fibre bonnet, Perspex (poly) windows, GRP tailgate, and GRP wheel arch extensions. Sprayed in Ford Sunburst red in 2000.
She weighs 695 Kg, and has a power to weight ratio of 292 bhp/tonne.
0-60 in 5 seconds
Self designed carbon fibre dashboard, with Stack instruments, Momo steering wheel, Quaife Sequential gear lever mounted on custom made 5" tall alloy tower and a RaceLogic gear display.
15" x 7" OZ Superleggera rims, and Michelin slicks all round. Focus rear disk conversion, HiSpec alloy 4 pot calipers up front, and 2 pot calipers at the rear.
Llandow sprint, July 16th 2011
BARC Wales Llandow Sprint 16th July 2011 5:00am depart 8:10am arrive 164 miles 33.0mpg Fiesta Top Speed: 103MPH in 4th gear P1 it had rained heavily on the journey down from Leicester, and the circuit was very wet with lots ...
Aintree Sprint, June 25th 2011
First event in the Fiesta at the Aintree (Liverpool) Sprint on Saturday 25th June. No real dramas. 47th O/A from150 starters. 2nd fastest front wheel drive car My Fastest 0-60 recorded was 5.4s Aintree Sprint, 25th June 2011 5:20am depart ...
Engine mapping completed
Great day at NHM yesterday, where Troy worked his magic on the engine map. No overheating issues any more, no dramas, not even a drop of oil on the floor. 199.8BHP and red line is now 7600rpm. Suspension also aligned ...
All ready for testing
All done. Loaded up on the trailer, and just need to book myself in at NHM for a suspension setup, and a couple of hours on the dyno to see how much more we can squeeze out of the standard ...
Fitted the new suspension
Fitting the new Kustomengineering suspension at the moment. Found that the brace on the passenger side was 1cm too short to reach the tie bar bracket. So I had to lengthen the brace by cutting it, inserting some steel tube ...
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