Between August 10-12, 2012, the Nurburgring hosted the Oldtimer Grand Prix for the 40th time, Zakspeed Ford Capri Turbo in 2012 AVD Oldtimer GP at the Nürburgring, Peter Zakowski moves the original championship car from 1981 which Klaus Ludwig won at the time. The vehicle is equipped with a small engine the Division 2 equipped with 1.4 liter displacement. In both races Zakowski did not see the checkered flag because of technical problems. In Race 1 he harassed Oliver Mathai in the Porsche 935 and in Race 2 he advances in a very short time on the field from behind and is moving! This little monster of a Ford explodes out of the turns as hard it can go into them! Both after training and after the first race the team worked extensively on the vehicle. The boost pressure is not yet set, and therefore has P.Zakowski hand turning the “boost controller”. This Capri was retained by Zakspeed and displayed at the company’s facility for many years. Some years ago, it was restored to full running order sporting the livery of Klaus Ludwig’s 1981 DRM Championship winning machine. Five Capri Turbo vehicles were built-in total. One vehicle was destroyed, one converted to a Mustang, a vehicle was used by Herbert Stenger in uphill races, a vehicle build for Stefan Mucke in Berlin.
Back in the day, Ford and Zakspeed opted to run in Division 2 with a turbo-charged four-cylinder engine. Its cast-iron block was derived from the production ‘Kent’ engine and fitted with the Cosworth developed alloy ‘BDA’ head. This featured twin overhead camshafts and four valves per cylinder, engine displaced just over 1.4 litres. Equipped with fuel injection and a KKK turbo-charger, the new engine produced around 370 bhp. Development continued with an eye on both improved performance and reliability. The result was a power increase to an even more impressive 400 bhp @ 9,000 rpm. Zakspeed built a new car for Heyer, in their first full season there was no stopping the Group 5 Capris with Heyer scoring nine victories in fourteen attempts. Zakspeed also developed larger engine Capris in the over two-litre class from halfway through 1979. Initially the revised engines displaced just over 1.5 litre but eventually a 1.7 litre was available using a new aluminium block. The tiny engine produced a staggering 495 bhp while the most powerful variants pumped out close to 600 bhp. Their turbocharged engine from the Capri was later enlarged and used in the World Endurance Championship from 1982 on-wards in the Ford C100, as a substitute for the original Cosworth of the works car. The Zakspeed-prepared machine was run by the works Ford Germany team with Klaus Ludwig, Manfred Winkelhock and Marc Surer at the wheel but the car was a midfielder at best, although Jonathan Palmer and Desiré Wilson scored a 4th place overall the 1000 km of Brands Hatch in 1982.
During the 1980 and 1981 season, the Zakspeed Capris were continued to be raced with great success in both divisions. Heyer had moved to join Lancia but very worthy replacements were found in Klaus Ludwig and Manfred Winkelhock. The former would go on to win the 1981 DRM Championship outright, beating the much larger engined Porsches.
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