The Ford Motor Company of Australia has announced that it will enter a two-car BA model Ford Falcon XR6 Turbo entry in the 12th annual Targa Tasmania road rally from May 13 Ė 18.
Winner of the Australia's Best Cars/Best Sports Car under $57,000 award, the two Falcon XR6 Turbos will be driven by Ford Racing Australia engineer and Targa Tasmania regular Steve Hoinville, and MOTOR magazine editor Michael Taylor.
Along with experienced co-driver Ruth Williams, Hoinville will compete in the Modified Specification (MS) class in a Ford Racing prepared Falcon XR6 Turbo. Taylor will be partnered by his wife, Bronwyn Humphrey, in a production Falcon XR6 Turbo.
It would be good to get the official word on the race spec XR6T.
But what Iíve been told is that itís 300kw+ and 1500kgs.
One build by Ford the other started by Herrod and finished by Ford.
Iím looking forward to a strong effort by the XR6T. Shame the XR8ís and GTís were over looked.
What id like to know is how those figures of 300 kw and 1500 kg stack up against the other cars, esp the porches and evil holden competitors.. Does anyone know the relative power to weight ratio of the some of the other front runners?
Were those figures official or just guestimates btw??
well i went last not to the targa expo
talked to a couple of the mechanics at the ford area
they told me the boost is as standard, therefore power is standard. the wieght issue is that they prob weigh more, as they have roll cage and safety fuel tanks fitted.
I was told the cars were worked on, only as race prepared and not hotted up. They wanted to run the cars as stock standard as possible.
2002 Narooma Blue Manual TS50
935 was stock, right down to the clutch and factory brakes.
930 had a bigger turbo, different intercooler, exhaust and a few other tweaks like six piston ap calipers, brake bias adjustment, fibreglass bonnet, remote shock canisters...
From what I have read, one was stock (Taylors) but just prepared for rallying, Hoinvilles was modded (it ran the the MS class) and prepared for rallying.
Apparently, after each event the gearbox's were swapped with new ones so the Ford engineers could inspect the used jobs. I assume this was done on both cars to see what a stocker would do vs a modded XR6 - so there is truth in the saying we go racing to improve the cars :)
Not quite. the stock car (935) ran the same gearbox throughout. the modified car had planned a gearbox change on the thursday night, but they did it friday night instead, because it rained all day thursday (eg, not as much strain on box internals).
they did it so they could examine wear rates from a given input on demanding roads.
it had the TE50 Brembos on it, with machined-down rotors, which is a lot less than the class rules actually allow you to run. could have run six piston APs, according to regs.
actually had road pads in it for the prologue, but ran a Ferodo race compound for the event.
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