The British will recreate Andy Rous’s Ford Sierra RS500 track cars – DRIVE

The novelty will not be able to get on public roads, but it is easy to take part in events such as Silverstone Classic, HSCC Touring Cars and Motor Racing Legends. At one time, the studio built about 30 cars with a similar specification and about 100 engines.

There is such a team in Britain – Andy Rouse Engineering. It is easy to guess that 40 years ago, race car driver Andy Rows stood at its origins. This name can be found in the lists of participants in the 24-hour marathons of Spa or Le Mans, but the Briton is best known as a multiple winner of the BSCC (British Saloon Car Championship) series. Most of his combat vehicles bore Ford badges, the most notable of which is the model Sierra Cosworth RS500… It was she who decided to revive in Rousa’s studio with the support of the CNC Motorsport AWS restoration workshop. By the way, it is managed by a former ARE employee, Alan Strachan.

Andy Rous says that the modified Ford Sierra RS500 (in which he drove for the Kaliber Racing team in the late 1980s) gave him the most enjoyment of any car in which he competed in the touring car championship. A total of 500 original hatchbacks were produced by Ford.

For the construction of the restomod, the British will use the original drawings and developments 30 years ago, but with the use of modern details. An improved four-cylinder turbo engine 2.0 Cosworth YB with a Proflex fuel system will be registered under the hood. True, the output of such a unit will be slightly higher than it was on the original sports cars of the late 80s – 575 hp. against about 520. The dynamic characteristics of the novelty have not yet been named, but the sources from ARE accelerated to 300 km / h. Traction to the rear axle will come through a five-speed Getrag “mechanics” and a limited-slip differential.

The first copy is already under construction. It is based on the “shell” of the 909 Competition, which has been carefully kept by specialists in the warehouse since the late 1980s. Each three-door will be supplied by customers in white for self-painting and livery.

Workshops will have Motorsport UK Standards and Regulations for all installed components. The same applies to the ARE steel roll cage. Now only CNC Motorsport AWS has the ability to certify it. In total, the British plan to recreate only three racing cars. The price is appropriate – at least £ 185,000 (18 million rubles). However, this is not so much, considering how much they ask for the original 225-horsepower RS500, homologated for public use. Prices for well-preserved copies sometimes go up to £ 115,000 (11.18 million rubles)


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