Three spectacular continuation cars are being recreated to race spec.
Ford in America is not afraid of building cool performance cars. The Mustang Shelby GT500 and Mach 1 are testaments to this, but often, Ford in Europe comes up with a banger of its own. The Fiesta ST is a fantastic car for those seeking cheap thrills, and the Focus RS was an absolute monster on almost any surface. However, it's Ford's even older European cars that truly showed what the company could do, and one of those was the Ford Sierra, a car that spawned an RS500 version that crapped on everything that the Touring Car field had to throw at it. Now, someone who raced the car wants to bring it back to life.
The news comes from CNC Motorsport AWS, a company that will collaborate with Touring Car driver and builder Andy Rouse. The company intends to build three examples of the Ford Sierra RS500 "to 1990 Andy Rouse Engineering specification," the first of which uses an unused stock bodyshell (number 909) from the Sierra's heyday. What's more, CNC Motorsport AWS was founded by Alan Strachan who worked at Andy Rouse Engineering when these cars were still competing in the premier touring class, so everything will be done just as it was in the old days. As a result, the three completed examples will be eligible for historic racing events like Silverstone Classic, HSCC Touring Cars, and Motor Racing Legends.
Each car will come with HTP papers and certificates for the fuel cell and roll cage, making them ready to race from the moment they're delivered. Thanks to the builders' connections to the original motorsport team that championed the Sierra, the outfit has access to "drawings and data to produce the Rouse-specific parts, such as front suspension uprights, rear arms, fuel tank enclosure, heated 'screen, side-exit exhaust, and the Rouse-designed steel roll cage." Each car will get a freshly built Cosworth YB engine with input from Vic Drake, who produced over 100 of these engines in period. Thus, buyers will get 575 horsepower, along with a Getrag five-speed manual, a nine-inch viscous differential, and all the correct gauges and other accessories.
Vehicles will be delivered in white so customers can have a blank canvas for liveries, but the budget will already be stretched with each car starting at £185,000, or around $255,000.