Your Projects: The Unusual Merkur XR4Ti Makes for an Even More Unusual Race Car

By Colin Wood
Oct 1, 2020 | Ford, Merkur, XR4Ti, Sierra

Even though we never got the Cosworth or XR4i versions in North America, we did get a version of the Ford Sierra through the short-lived Merkur brand as the Merkur XR4Ti. Unlike its European counterparts, the Merkur made do with a turbocharged Lima four-cylinder engine similar to the one found in the SVO Mustang.

So what does one do with an unusual Ford product like the XR4Ti? Well, if you are forum user TXratti, you turn one into a race car.

From the start of the build thread back in August of 2019, the car had already had a laundry list of modifications that included the block and head from an ’84 SVO, a Cosworth intercooler, a custom exhaust, and a mix of suspension components from Koni and Bilstein.

Since then, a lot has been done to the car—both good and bad. Namely, the Merkur got stolen, but was quickly found since the car was left right around the corner from TXratti's home.

More recently, TXratti is in the process of replacing the car's current T9 transmission with a T5, as well as fitting up a new set of Enkei wheels and Bilstein shocks.

If you want to keep up with the progress on this unusual Ford-based build thread, be sure to head over to the Builds and Project Cars Forum.

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TXratti Reader
10/1/20 12:39 p.m.

Wow, never expected this to be featured, thanks! 

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
10/1/20 2:10 p.m.

In reply to TXratti :

Thank you for sharing the build with the rest of the class. 

TXratti Reader
10/1/20 2:18 p.m.

In reply to David S. Wallens :

Of course. It's a bit of an oddball but thats part of why I like it!

Error404 Reader
10/2/20 8:18 a.m.

RPFs look really good on Fox-y platforms, got mine from a college kid who wrecked his car and they look splendid on a Mustang. Can't imagine they wouldn't look fabulous on a Merkur. Assuming that the Enkei's you're going for are RPFs

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