AUG 10th 2014

Cars that rock the Oldtimer GP: Ford Capri Zakspeed

“It’s amazing what they could do 30 years ago,” says Stefan Mücke, talking of the amount of downforce this Group 5 Ford Capri can generate. He should know about downforce, too; he’s a works Aston Martin Racing driver more used to driving GTE-Pro class cars. Yesterday, he raced the ex-DRM (that’s the forerunner to DTM) Capri with his father, Peter.

The Group 5 regulations allowed for a lot of modification. In fact, the only part of the standard Capri’s construction to survive is the steel roof; the rest is aluminium, with a spaceframe construction underneath. The wide arches and big wing must have been every Essex boy’s dream in 1982. This Sussex boy is a fan in 2014…

The 1700cc four-cylinder engine has Zakspeed’s own turbocharger. When photographer Jochen Van Cauwenberge asked to poke his camera under the bonnet, he was given clear restrictions on exactly where he could look. Apparently there are people out there looking to copy the set-up…

This is one of a few original Group 5 cars surviving. It raced in period from 1980 to ’82 in the hands of Klaus Ludwig, who won the DRM championship in 1981.

You’ll have noticed already just how pristine the car is. Following its long restoration, the Oldtimer GP is the car’s first outing. It performed well in free practice, and in the (very wet) qualifying session secured fourth position on the grid. Prior to the race, Stefan was hoping for a podium position, but reckoned that would only be possible if it was a dry race. The result? Second overall and a class win. Thank goodness the weather held.

Here’s to the second round later today…

Photography: Jochen Van Cauwenberge at Frozenspeed

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