Designed by someone who designed the Ford Mustang, Philip Clark’s Ford Capri became such a hit that they got produced for nearly 18 years until 1986.
It was the 70s and the golden era for European road racing championships, when manufacturers tried to offer vehicles to the civic population that had almost the same features as those that were used in the racing. Ford Capri had all the elements to race but yet lacked the power to go faster than BMW’s 3.0 CSL that were winning most of the races. So an attempt was made to completely modify the engine.
So Ford collaborated with an English firm Weslake and installed a 2.6 litre V6 engine that had special alloy cylinder heads. This model the RS 2600 also got a special suspension, fiberglass panels, aluminium wheels and disc brakes. All of these modifications helped the car do 0-100 km/hr in 7.7 seconds and several epic battles were fought between this car and the BMW’s 3.0 CSL.
In the 1972 race of Tour de France, a Ford RS 2600 registered 617 Z-8076 and sponsored by French paint manufacturer RIPOLIN, driven by Johnny Rives and Gerard Larrousse with # 65 participated in the race. The car however could not finish the race due to differntial gear-box failure.
This detailed scale model is an exact rendition of the same participating car.
|- Premium collectible|
|- Licensed product|
|- Material: ZAMAC (zinc alloy), Rubber and Plastic|
|- Moving wheels|
|- Non-opening bonnet, boot and doors|
|- On plinth (platform base)|
|- Only 402 pieces created|
|Box Dimension (in inches)||14 x 6.5 x 6|
|Color||Yellow / Red|