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RE: SOTW: Ford Fiesta XR2 Stock Hatch

RE: SOTW: Ford Fiesta XR2 Stock Hatch

Friday 2nd March 2012

SOTW: Ford Fiesta XR2 Stock Hatch

Fancy a full-on racing car for the price of a posh telly? Course you do...



Ever since being lucky enough to spend a season racing a Caterhamas part of my job, I've been itching to get back to circuit racing. Unfortunately it's an itch I've been unable to scratch, as despite there being many fabulous aspects to this job, vast wads of cash in the monthly pay packet is not one of them.


But cars like today's SOTW do tend to get me checking the finances of the Bank of Riggers in the hope I can scrape the funds for a season's racing.

Okay, so a 96hp Fiesta with the old carburettor-fed 1.6-litre Ford CVH is hardly the last word in high-speed racing technology, but it's got decent suspension, a pukka roll cage, a cobra seat, an alloy fuel tank and upgraded brakes. No doubt it also weighs a fair bit less than a roadgoing version.

All in all we reckon it could be a hoot, especially if you consider that, if you do take it racing, it would be in the 750 motor club's classic stock hatch category, so its relatively humble performance shouldn't prove a problem.

The thing is, for all this talk of racing on a shoestring I know that there is no such thing as cheap motorsport. Yes, the 12-race championship will cost you around £1,850, assuming you already have a racing licence. But you only need to start adding in fuel bills, accommodation, and the inevitable test days to sate the irresistible urge to hone your skills and/or fine-tune the car and the costs soon start racking up. And that's before we talk about tyres, insurance or the consequences of what happens if you bend it.


Race fees, safety equipment and that beguilingly cheap £950 sticker price are but the tip of the iceberg. And yet I still find myself clicking back to the ad and staring longingly at the yellow XR2. So if somebody could please buy the car and move temptation out of the way that would be very kind... Come on, it's only £950...

Ps - Just to pre-empt the comments, we know today's SOTW isn't roadworthy and so bends the rules of Shed somewhat, but we just couldn't resist!

Advert is reproduced below

xr2 Stock Hatch
£950

Has been used for track days for 2-3 years.Could be raced in the new classic stock hatch class,a good budget entry in racing.

Specifcation as follows:-
Full roll cage including door bars and seat belt bar.
Nearly new cobra seat,fire ex.and sparco suede wheel
Alloy fuel tank and facet electric fuel pump and pressure regulator. 
Spax shocks on front,new Gaz shocks on rear,race springs.
Ebc pads and braided brake lines
Engine is strong with good oil pressure,new radiator and a oil cooler is fitted.
Car has been raced and has usual dings and scrapes.
At the price with some tlc and new seat belts,current ones are out of date, you could be on the grid for a real budget season,have a look at 750 Motor Club web site for details

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Discussion

MagicalTrevor

Original Poster:

5,942 posts

136 months

Friday 2nd March 2012
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That's a hard one to resist! Nice find thumbup

LotusOmega375D

3,093 posts

60 months

Friday 2nd March 2012
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I remember driving a standard one back in the day and expecting to hate it, but I was really quite impressed. Handled like a go-kart and made a nice sound out of that sten gun exhaust.

Fleckers

2,330 posts

108 months

Friday 2nd March 2012
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2 / 10

not a good choice this week to be honest

i would prefere this

http://www.pistonheads.co.uk/sales/3620379.htm


Dave Hedgehog

8,196 posts

111 months

Friday 2nd March 2012
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not many posh tellys are 950 squid, more like 4k wink

the festa looks like a lot of fun

soad

26,796 posts

83 months

Friday 2nd March 2012
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Yes, they do sound rather nice, especially on empty roads in early morning. smile
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Eighteeteewhy

7,236 posts

75 months

Friday 2nd March 2012
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Hmmmm, not for me.

GhiaX

227 posts

53 months

Friday 2nd March 2012
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I'm a bit 'Meh' about that I have to admit.

georgetuk

205 posts

125 months

Friday 2nd March 2012
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Fleckers said:
2 / 10

not a good choice this week to be honest

i would prefere this

http://www.pistonheads.co.uk/sales/3620379.htm
Really, thats what you compare. The Volvo is so boring I fell asleep during the advert. The guy even had to use a "crazeee" advert to liven it up.

Take XR2

Krikkit

7,933 posts

88 months

Friday 2nd March 2012
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Good shed, slightly unexpected!

For £950, some seats for a couple of hundred with two or so years on them and you'll be racing for <£3k. Do a season then if you're handy with a spanner drop a more modern 1400 lump in and run in a modded class.

petrolsniffer

2,360 posts

81 months

Friday 2nd March 2012
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Would love to get into stockhatch.

Just look it up on youtube very close exciting racing!

Liquid Knight

13,618 posts

90 months

Friday 2nd March 2012
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Sold. Bugger! rolleyes

TobesH

544 posts

114 months

Friday 2nd March 2012
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Bargain! Cost a lot more to prep one. Can barely get an XR2 for a bag of sand let alone one ready to spank.

TORQ

141 posts

136 months

Friday 2nd March 2012
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No thanks.

NickGibbs

580 posts

138 months

Friday 2nd March 2012
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Great shed. I raced Stock Hatch in just such a motor. Pretty good fun in standard trim, but I remember how much difference a roll cage made. Stiffened it up nicely. Some Avo shocks and it was a hoot.

Riggers

1,851 posts

85 months

Friday 2nd March 2012
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Liquid Knight said:
Sold. Bugger! rolleyes
Arghh! I'm sure it was live last night. Well that removes temptation at least... smile

CDP

5,146 posts

161 months

Friday 2nd March 2012
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The 750MC Stock Hatch and Classic Stock Hatch series are both excellent introductions to motorsport (along with Locost and Formula Vee).

Yes it costs about £4K per year to go racing but you don't have to do every race in the season and if you think about it £4K is only the annual depreciation on a Boxster. What would you rather have?

One 20 minute race has more excitement than a whole year on the roads.


doogz

25,893 posts

94 months

Friday 2nd March 2012
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I've driven a couple of SMRC spec XR2's.

Quicker than the MINI Coopers, less grip too. I've been threatening to buy one and go racing for a couple of years, i'll get around to it eventually.

The Wookie

10,702 posts

135 months

Friday 2nd March 2012
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Worst 'don't you know I'm an hactual racing driver' article ever hehe

CaptainSlow

5,976 posts

119 months

Friday 2nd March 2012
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CDP said:
The 750MC Stock Hatch and Classic Stock Hatch series are both excellent introductions to motorsport (along with Locost and Formula Vee).

Yes it costs about £4K per year to go racing but you don't have to do every race in the season and if you think about it £4K is only the annual depreciation on a Boxster. What would you rather have?

One 20 minute race has more excitement than a whole year on the roads.
The Boxster.

VolvoT5

3,131 posts

81 months

Friday 2nd March 2012
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A standard road legal XR2 for sub 1k? Yes please.

This pile of crap? No thanks. Very disappointing SOTW.