“In this configuration it’s running with a 3.5-litre Cosworth DFR, so based on the DFE engine just with an increased capacity,” Lyons explains. “It runs around 600bhp, just under, revving it to 10,000rpm. That’s why they make a nice noise!
“I’ve raced the car for a long time – it’s got really good downforce. Saying downforce and Monza in the same sentence isn’t necessarily a good thing, but with the way that Group Cs work… It’s a fuel formula.”
Group C cars fell into categories and each category had a fuel limit. In theory a car could be as powerful as you wanted it to be, but, in reality, with a set amount of fuel for a race distance the cars had to be balanced for power and efficiency.
“We’re limited on power being a naturally aspirated car, so we’re only running 600bhp,” says Lyons. “Saying only 600 is a bit of a weird thing, but in this grid of turbo giants, Mercedes and Nissans, stuff like that, we’re at a power disadvantage. But, for us, if you’re not making the power, you’re not using the fuel. Although our peak lap time round here probably won’t challenge for pole, I’m still looking forward to the race!”