Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth 1987 – UK

Konkurencja skłoniła Forda do odnowienia przymierza z konstruktorem silników Cosworth i stworzenia nowego oblicza rajdowego samochodu na bazie Sierry. Produkcja 5000 jednostek wymaganych do homologacji grupy A rozpoczęła się w czerwcu 1986 roku, w fabryce Genk w Belgii. Na podstawie trzydrzwiowego nadwozia Sierra, RS Cosworth połączył standardowy silnik 1,993cc Pinto z podwójnym wałkiem rozrządu i 16-zaworową głowicą z turbosprężarką Garrett. Nawet w standardowej produkcyjnej wersji Sierra RS Cosworth napędzana była przez ponad 200 KM, a z jej silnika wydobyć można było nawet 500 KM. Wyprodukowana w zaledwie 6021 egzemplarzach stała się od razu pożądanym obiektem fanów motoryzacji. Wersja RS500 przeznaczona do wyścigów płaskich budowana przez Aston Martin Tickford zakończyła się w sierpniu 1987 po wytworzeniu 500 jednostek. Okaz wystawiony na aukcji stworzony został dla znanego włoskiego teamu wyścigowego Jolly Club, w specyfikacji wymaganej przez European Touring Car Championship. Jolly Club znany był głównie ze startów w Rajdowych Mistrzostwach Świata takimi samochodami jak Lancia Delta HF Integrale i Lancia 037. Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth wystawiony na aukcji zawiera wszystko, czego można się spodziewać po wyścigowej wersji, w tym wszystkie oryginalne części homologacyjne Grupy A. Z książki startów dowiemy się, że Sierra jeździła w Europejskich Mistrzostwach Samochodów Turystycznych na torach takich, jak Donington, Estoril, Anderstorp, Zolder, Zeltweg, Imola, Monza, Dijon czy Vallelunga. Oprócz tego Ford brał udział także w Jarama 4 Hours, Nürburgring Grand Prix, Spa Francorchamps 24 Hours, Silverstone Tourist Trophy oraz Grand Prix Nogaro. Samochód ten został w pełni odrestaurowany i wyceniony na 95 000 – 115 000 funtów, czyli 470 000 – 570 000 złotych. Licytowany będzie już 19 marca.

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Lot 64
The ex-Jolly Club

1987 FORD SIERRA RS COSWORTH GROUP A COMPETITION SALOON
£95,000 – 115,000
PLN 470,000 – 570,000
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19 Mar 2017, 14:00 GMT

CHICHESTER, GOODWOOD

The ex-Jolly Club
1987 Ford Sierra RS Cosworth Group A Competition Saloon
Registration no. not UK registered
Chassis no. A0288
*European Touring Car Championship contestant 1987/1988
*Extensive in-period race history
*Outstandingly original
*Oppliger Motorsport engine
*Eligible for HSCC and Peter Auto race series

FOOTNOTES
The sight of rival manufacturers reaping the rewards of a successful circuit racing programme prompted Ford to renew its alliance with engine builder Cosworth to create the eponymous Sierra, assembly of the minimum 5,000 units required for Group A homologation commencing in June 1986 at the company’s Genk plant in Belgium. Based on the three-door Sierra bodyshell, the RS Cosworth combined the standard 1,993cc Pinto engine’s cylinder block with a forged steel crankshaft and connecting rods, the first time the latter combination had been seen in a production Ford engine. Topping it off was a Cosworth-developed, twin-camshaft, 16-valve cylinder head fed by a Garrett AiResearch turbocharger, the latter being deemed necessary to achieve a competitive power output for racing, which in time would amount to over 500bhp! Even in standard road trim the Sierra RS Cosworth produced a staggering 204bhp, its Weber-Marelli engine management system ensuring that the resulting stupendous performance was delivered with minimal turbo lag. Needless to say, the standard Sierra underpinnings were comprehensively up-rated to cope. 6,021 examples had been completed when production ceased in 1986, and today the model is much sought after.

Intended for circuit racing, the RS500 competition version was built by Aston Martin Tickford, with homologation completed in August 1987 after the 500 units required had been finished. Most of the changes from the road version were found in the engine, which featured a thicker walled cylinder block; a larger Garrett T04 turbocharger; a larger intercooler; and an additional set of fuel injectors using the second fuel rail (unused in the production version). In addition, the fuel delivery, induction, and lubrication/cooling systems were up-rated, while aerodynamic alterations were made to the front and rear bodywork in the interests of increased downforce.

This RS500 was built in early 1987 for the well-known Italian Jolly Club racing team to compete in that year’s European Touring Car Championship (ETCC) after three bodyshells and various other parts had been purchased from Ford Motorsport. Built to factory specification, the RS500 was run by the Jolly Club, which was famous for competing, mainly in the World Rally Championship, with cars such as the Lancia Integrale WRC and Lancia 037. Founded in Milan in 1957, the Jolly Club raced factory Alfa Romeos before beginning its long association with Lancia and FIAT. Jolly Club also competed in Formula 1, F2, F3 and Formula Junior, and in endurance racing.

This car incorporates everything one would expect of a racing RS500 Cosworth, including all the original Group A parts. It comes with its original FIA logbook and records of the races competed in, which included ETCC rounds at Donington, Estoril, Anderstorp, Zolder, Zeltweg, Imola, Monza, Dijon, and Vallelunga. The car also took part in the Jarama 4 Hours, Nürburgring Grand Prix, Spa Francorchamps 24 Hours, Silverstone Tourist Trophy, and Grand Prix Nogaro, plus the World Touring Car Championship race at Brno in August 1987. Its last race was at the Grand Prix Nogaro in September 1988. Perfectly preserved in original condition, the car was put in a heated workshop after its last race in 1988, and was bought from that workshop in 2012 by the current vendor.

This car has been fully restored, the work consisting of full rebuilds of the engine (by Cosworth specialists Oppliger Motorsport) and gearbox, together with a new turbocharger, new brakes, and a rebuilt differential, while the bodywork has been restored to original condition making the car race ready. It is worth noting that the engine is one of the rare units with a small core plug. More recent works have included fitting new wheels and tyres, a fire extinguishing system (cost £5,000), and new under-bonnet wiring.

This RS500 is eligible for the HSCC’s immensely popular Super TCC race series, as well as the Peter Auto series in Europe, enabling the fortunate next owner to race this exciting car competitively all season long.

1987 Race Starts
5-4-87 ETCC Donington Park 500km
26-4-87 ETCC Estoril 500km
24-4-87 Andersthorpe 500km
7-6-87 ETCC Zolder
14-6-87 ETCC Zeltweg
16-8-87 ETCC Imola
16-8-87 WTCC Grand Prix Brno

1988 Race Starts
27-3-88 ETCC Monza 500km
17-4-88 ETCC Donington 500km
8-5-88 ETCC Estoril 500km
15-5-88 Jarama 4 hours
29-5-88 ETCC Dijon 500km
5-6-88 ETCC Vallelunga 500km
10-7-88 Grand Prix Nurburgring
31-7-88 Lotto Spa 24 Hours
4-9-88 Fina Tourist Trophy Silverstone
11-9-88 Grand Prix Nogaro