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Ford Sierra RS500 race car gets a continuation run

Yet another renowned race motor vehicle is remaining introduced back to daily life in continuation sort, this a person a bit more afield than the Jaguars and Bentleys we have seen of late. England’s CNC Motorsport AWS is building 3 Ford Sierra RS500 racers that campaigned in the British Touring Automobile Championship in the nineteen eighties. CNC has selected the 1990 edition of the motor vehicle as built and specced by former BTCC driver Andy Rouse and his enterprise Andy Rouse Engineering (ARE). Rouse had been topped driver’s winner 4 instances, but he finished second in the championship that year in his ICS-branded RS500.

Although unfamiliar below except as the Merkur XR4ti, the Sierra RS500 so totally dominated BTCC for a number of small years that last year Autosport named the Ford to start with among the 10-ideal-at any time BTCC entrants. It can be not tricky to see why. 3 Sierra RS500s ran in Team A in 1987. The motor vehicle was so good that arrive 1998, 14 of 15 Team A entries drove the RS500. In 1989 only a person Team A workforce ran a little something other than an RS500, and in 1990 the complete Team A industry was a person make of motor vehicle. 

The provenance for the builds could not be far better. Rouse is aiding guidebook the create of a motor vehicle he drove, the nuts and bolts remaining fixed by Alan Strachan, who worked for Rouse’s workforce in the BTCC days and now operates CNC Motorsport AWS. The to start with motor vehicle, envisioned to be done early up coming year, will get an unused 909 Ford Sierra Motorsport bodyshell which is been in storage given that the car’s heyday. The other two continuation automobiles will use initial Sierra bodyshells. Up front will be a newly built 575-horsepower Cosworth YB engine shifting through a Getrag five-pace guide transmission. All will get Rouse-specific components like ARE front suspension uprights, side-exit exhaust, and ARE metal roll cages, additionally all the period gauges, a fuel mobile. The 3 will also arrive with an ARE create plate and an FIA Historic Complex Passport (HTP) to enter vintage events. Except if asked for in any other case, the bodies arrive in white so the customer can implement the livery of alternative.

Pricing begins at £185,000 (about $253,000 U.S.) before spares packages and selections.