The Touring Icons class at this year’s Festival of Speed promises a mouth-watering selection of tin-top greats. Newcomers include the ex-Greg Murphy Holden Commodore (more on Mr Murphy this Friday …) and the Spa 24 hour-winning Ford Sierra RS Cosworth in its famous Bastos livery, whilst the list of returning favourites includes the epic Volkswagen-Chevrolet Beetle and the howling Jaguar XJS TWR.
Today we’re going to take a look at a returning favourite in the form of the sensational Zakspeed Ford Capri which ran in the revered German DRM series in the Eighties. DRM was the forerunner to DTM and featured a variety of low-slung, wide-tracked machinery, from Escorts to fearsome turbocharged BMW M1s and various high-winged Porsches (typically 935s.) In fact, we first witnessed the car which is coming to FoS at last year’s Oldtimer GP at the Nurburgring Nordschliefe.
This clip shows Peter Zakowski (son of Zakspeed founder Erich Zakowski) taking on a field of DRM cars (and a few European Touring Car Championship machines) at the Nurburgring Grand Prix circuit. Although a similar car won the DTM championship in 1981 in the hands of Klaus Ludwing, depending which source you prefer the Porsches had up to 200bhp extra over the Capris. However they also carried some considerable extra bulk, which exposes them under braking and through the corners. But once all four wheels point in the same direction again that extra snort whisks them away from the Capri, which itself is screaming away under full boost.
So, what we have here is a classic case of handling versus horsepower. Unfortunately we couldn’t get hold of the full race footage, but we’re sure you’ll agree that the spectacle of the Capri making a sensational start and then hounding the big Porsche makes for fine viewing.
You’ll be able to watch a similar car up close at the Festival of Speed. I wonder if we can get a 935 for it to chase …