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Hey everyone, this is my first thread, I've been a long time lurker of these forums.
I'm from Canada, and I'd like to introduce you my weapon of choice for track days and amateur racing. It isn't actually a Mondeo, but pretty much its American cousin, based on the same platform, looks similar as well. It is called the Contour SVT, which would be the equivalent model of the Mondeo ST200.
Why a Contour/Mondeo? Well because, it is a fairly competent platform to start from, and obviously because it is a fairly wallet friendly, er... well when it started out it was. Also I tend to be a sucker for marketing, and a huge fan of BTCC. If I see a roadcar version of a BTCC car, the little kid in me, will just dream that I am seeing an actual race car rather than the road car.
First thing we did, was to rip out the 2.5L powerplant that was rated for 200hp and 229nM torque. Replace it with the 3L duratec engine which would be similar to that of one found in an ST220. Also ordered up the ST220 upper and lower manifolds from the UK as well. But I'll stop there before I start scaring off some of you, and post up some pictures of the evolution of this ridicilous hunk of metal. I will post the list of modifications after the pictures for those who might be interested.
The new 3L heart waiting to be transplanted
Valve covers are taped up and the transplant is seeing progress
Out of the garage, to get a bit of sun, as we all know, you need your vitamin D!
Poser shot of the alloys
Meeting its sibling for the first time, which was a 750hp street driven Ford Mustang, because we all need to own a ridicilous Yank machine once in our life time. Some of you might have seen the slowmotion burn out video of that car, before the Nazi's on youtube claimed the Smashing Pumkins song on the backround was a breach of some sort of a copyright law and took it down.
The cleanest this car will ever be
True dual exhaust custom fabricated so it can breathe better.
Birthday present to me, in October, my brother did a baseline map for the car, so it started for the first time.
Obviously, I am ahead of the game, Porsche has yet to think of this for their GT3 RS models, but I have installed some very light composite seats.
Then they told me, I wouldn't be allowed on the track with those, so I went back to reality and installed some heavier seats.
I told you, this car(she as some of you might want to say) will get dirty! Dirties are more fun anyways
Then, another reality hit me, one of those ambitious but rubbish moments. The moment you change a thing about a car, you've ruined it, and here is a good example. So appearently, brakes don't like being hot, and staying hot. They need cooling ducts once you start asking them to do what they were designed to do, which is slow down the vehicle, FAST!
So it needed to be hauled by a Japanese donkey to get it under the knife to improve.
And then, somehow I bought this much rubber...
Because we know, every brilliant idea start off from a shed...
Bought some orange pipes because it is quite flashy, and got rid of the useless foglights...
At Circuit Mont-Tremblant... What Schumacher once called the mini Nurburging. The former venue for the Canadian Grand Prix, way back in the 1968 and once again in 1970.
And then, needed an American donkey to haul it away from another track called Calabogie Motorsports Park, after the car tried to commit suicide since I've ruined its perfect life it had. Appearently, the plastic fuel tank decided to melt from the heat, and tried to combust itself in protest to what I've been doing to it (or her as some of you might say, we all know girls are a little out there sometimes... just kidding!
Then, we decided to make sure the fuel goes into a double walled aluminum safe so it/she won't try to commit suicide again.
Don't be decived by this picture, it/she is still quite dirty, a useful tip, if you don't like washing your car, buy a silver car!
Me, in my imaginary world, pretending to be Alain Menu
Decided to be hip, and get a carbon fiber hood, so I fit around the car meets with all the cool kids...
Got it/her on the rollin dyno, and asked it to produce some numbers, as it got its final map. Put down 253whp and 302Nm torque at the front wheels. That is pretty close to 300hp at the flywheel.
Close up picture showing that it is actually as dirty as I claim it to be.
At a local amateur gentlemen's race event, running away from that angry horse who is "tryiiing" to follow me.
Being the gentlemen that I am, on the final lap, I let the angry horse past, since we aren't in the same class. But it was a fun battle throughout the 45 minute race to have someone to run away from and try to chase down.
Me on top of the podium at the same event, placing 1st in my class. I also didn't forget to wear a ridicilous shirt, since it is the ritual around race tracks to wear some ridicilous branded shirt. PS: Yes I flew halfway across the world to watch trucks race, any of you have one of those European Truck Championship events near you, go watch it, and see how silly motorsports can get, yet be so entertaining. Almost like having Sumo wrestlers compete in a mini-marathon.
Running away from the Radical...
The sea of cars at another gentlemen's race we've had. This picture reminds me of Gran Turismo, random cars all on the race track. All for the sake of global warming so it never snows again, so we can do this 12 months of the year. Ooops, I mean, out there to race across the finish line hehehe....
Then I decided to steal Ken Block's wheels, since we all know he won't ever win a WRC event...
Yes, that is bird sh*! on the drivers side window, it is their way of getting back to me whenever they can, since I wake them up around 5AM quite often to get to the racetrack bright and early.
Thanks for reading through this rubbish of a post. I hope you liked seeing something different.
Here is the list of modifications as much as I can remember.Engine
- Ford 3L Duratec 24v DOHC
- Mondeo ST220 Upper Intake Manifold, Cermakromed
- Mondeo ST220 Lower Intake Manifold
- Custom Airbox
- 65mm Ford Mustang Throttle Body
- 65mm Ford Mustang MAF
- Contour SVT cams
- Clevite 77 bearings
- MSDS Headers
- Custom 2" Stainless Steel True Dual exhaust
- 26lb Ford Mustang injectors
- Custom Return Fuel Rail
- Quaife LSD
- Capaldi Racing Straight Cut Final Drive
- Spec Stage 3+ Clutch
- Spec Lightweight Aluminum Flywheel
- Forged and Cyrogenicaly Treated Axles from www.axlesforless.com
- ARP Wheel studs
- Canton Oil Accumulator w/ Electronic Valve unit
- Custom 60-65L double walled aluminum fuel cell
- Misc OEM Ford parts and Mods to get the SVT Cams to work with this engine (ie timing chains, tensioners etc...)
- SCT Xcal 2 for TuningSuspnesion, Brakes and Chassis
- Koni yellow shocks
- Ground Control Coil Overs
- Custom 6pt Rollbar
- Custom Subframe Connectors
- Wilwood Four Piston Forged Billet SuperLight Calipers
- Wilwood H Compound pads
- Two piece 13" x .92" Coleman Rotors (front)
- Two piece 11.75" Coleman Rotors (rear)
- Custom brake ducting
- Stainless Steel braided brake linesInterior and misc.
- Battery Relocation
- Corbeau FX1 Pro Seats
- Corbeau 3" 5 point Harness Belts
- Sparco 333 Black Suede Steering wheel
- Sparco Tecno Shift knob
- Blox Racing Lightweight Wheel Nuts
- Mirko Racing front lip spoiler