ROUSE FORD SIERRA RS500 COSWORTH GROUP AAdvert ID: 42653 To Be Auctioned
1988 ROUSE FORD SIERRA RS500 COSWORTH GROUP A
Estimate: £150,000 - £180,000 +buyer's premium of 15% including VAT @ 20%
Offered here is one of the two legendary Kaliber Group A Sierra Cosworths built by Andy Rouse Engineering for the 1988 British Touring Car Championship. Chassis #ARE 0988 was built and used in the 1988 season and driven, predominately by Guy Edwards, to four podium finishes. Throughout the season the Kaliber Sierras were the cars to beat, and in a golden era, the spectacle of these seriously powerful touring cars belching flames defined a magnificent chapter of saloon car racing.
At the end of the season, Andy Rouse Group A Sierras were very much in demand and one car went to Peter Brock and ARE 0988 was sold to Adrian Fu who raced the car at Macau and in various rounds of the Asia Pacific Series. ARE 0988 then left Asia and was entered in the 1992 James Hardie at Bathhurst for drivers Ken Matthews/Rod Jones/Mike Newton before being displayed in the Bathurst Museum until subsequently purchased in 1993 by our vendor, an accomplished New Zealand racing driver and businessman, who continued to race the Sierra in the New Zealand Endurance Championship after some re-engineering by Peter Brock.. The Sierra still had its original alloy cage which was replaced with a Matter-style steel cage as used in the Eggenberger RS 500s. The new cage directly supported the rear suspension points resulting in a massive improvement in stiffness with less flexing of the shell. With wins at Timaru International Motor Speedway and Teretonga, it helped him to win the Championship with co-driver Murray Cleland in 1996. After 1997, the Sierra was retired and remained uniquely within the ownership of our vendor until in 2016/17 it was decided that the Sierra should be totally rebuilt and returned to its original livery with the possibility of running in the Archibald’s Historic car series in New Zealand which it did most successfully. Today's result is a superbly prepared Group A Sierra Cosworth that, in the right hands, could be a front running car in the HSCC 'Supertourers' series, the Grand Prix Legends Touring Car Challenge, as well as numerous prestige events throughout Europe.
In period, the car was continuously developed and evolved with input from Australia’s favourite son Peter Brock and all this hard-won know-how has been incorporated into the rebuild making this, possibly, the most race-ready and immaculately presented 'Group A' Sierra to land back in the UK, its spiritual home.
The specification includes running the original Zytec system which has benefitted with various upgrades, primarily enlarging the fuel delivery capacity. The engine is a new, long-stud, 205 block with only fifteen hours of running designed to run with 2.1 bar boost producing 540 bhp with much of the engineering carried out by renowned tuner, Ivan Tighe, of Brisbane with particular attention being paid to cam profiling and reliability. Much of the suspension work was engineered by well-known specialists Harrop Engineering of Brunswick in Victoria applying new manufacturing processes to the Peter Brock suspension. The Brock driveshafts, which in the day were recognised as twisting less than any other preparer, were reverse engineered. Both driveshafts are new and the complete rear end has new bearings,
This iconic Group A Rouse Kaliber Sierra is on the button and ready to race or test. It's accompanied by a basic spares package with the option of a complete inventory to support a race effort over many seasons.
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19 Dec 2013
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