so 4 years ago after a sat arvo karting, over beers talk turned to a motorkhana the next day.
none of us had a suitable car, and a joke was made to buy something off gumtree.
which quickly turned into a purchase, sight unseen (no photo's even) of a ford festiva.
picked it up bright and early sunday am (bloke was in town clubbing sat night and deal was done via sms) for $200.
drove it the the event, 4 of us raced it, won trophies, and had a ball.
the car lasted around 15 months, had over 15 drivers through it, and won over 15 trophies (drive it like it's stolen)
we starved the motor of oil out at a track day at mallalalalaalalalallaa doing hot laps to see who could punt it around the track fastest, and the water pump was fucked, so the usual process was off to the wreckers after stripping out the good bits (battery and extinguisher), and buy another disposable racecar off gumtree.
however, a bit of love had developed, and instead, she sat in a mates front yard for a bit...
said mate had heard the mazda b series motors were interchangeable with the gearboxes, and a B6T from a capri was sourced from gumtree for $300.
(chassis by kia, motor by mazda, ecu by mitsubishi, and badge by ford, cause that's how things were done in the 90's)
well she dropped straight in with minimal mods, in fact, it bolted straight into the 1.3 festi using the top engine mount from a 1.5 festi.
conversion was done in the front yard, on the dirt.
it then took us a year to do the wiring (yeah slack), and got an ecu (well, a microtech) off here (cheers Dan!) and got it running.
straight thru exhaust to side pipe
ran with the tune on the microtech
dyno'd at 115kwatw with 221nm
took a mate (with a 400+kwatw wheels skyrice) for a drive the other day (before the clutch upgrade, so I was feathering the throttle trying to get power down) - his words: "it's like it's constantly trying to kill you"
we used the 1.3 (e series box) and got the heaviest duty clutch we could find (400kg), but the clutch was slipping for event #1 (Mt Alma)
ran with 2nd hand (free) 888's
note at 1.10 a boost hose blew on that run, hence why it looks so shit/slow
did nothing else until a club day at collingrove hillclimb, and it was pissing down, so clutch slippage was not a problem - just wheelspin.