Ex works Vauxhall Astra BTCC track car

Ex works Vauxhall Astra BTCC track car

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VX BlackRat

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78 posts

81 months

Friday 21st July 2017
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Possibly the most crazy purchase I’ve ever made, but I have just bought a BTCC Astra sport Hatch (2005-06 season). It was raced a few times (Muller & Kizilirmak) but it was used mainly as a 2 seat demo car by 888 engineering. After its racing career it was used by Vauxhall as a show car to celebrate 100 BTCC race wins, they have never attempted to start it!! As far as I can tell the car is complete and should run after renewing & flushing all fluids. Bonus – it has 2 seats & a silenced exhaust.

I can’t get any info from 888 or Sodemo (engine supplier) so any advice (mechanical or driving) before I press the starter button welcomed 
Cheers!

HustleRussell

21,751 posts

138 months

Friday 21st July 2017
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Congrats, very exciting!

Don't let the excitement get the better of you- you could take several steps backwards if you don't work methodically. It is a race car which is presumably set up reasonably well- Ensure that you note all the nuances of the build and setup before embarking on any recomissioning work. It'll need fluids and probably belts. You might want to thoroughly research parts availability before hitting the track too...

Swampy1982

3,065 posts

89 months

Friday 21st July 2017
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VX BlackRat said:
Possibly the most crazy purchase I’ve ever made, but I have just bought a BTCC Astra sport Hatch (2005-06 season). It was raced a few times (Muller & Kizilirmak) but it was used mainly as a 2 seat demo car by 888 engineering. After its racing career it was used by Vauxhall as a show car to celebrate 100 BTCC race wins, they have never attempted to start it!! As far as I can tell the car is complete and should run after renewing & flushing all fluids. Bonus – it has 2 seats & a silenced exhaust.

I can’t get any info from 888 or Sodemo (engine supplier) so any advice (mechanical or driving) before I press the starter button welcomed ?
Cheers!
outstanding!

please explain how you went about acquiring such a car!

and then document every step you take recommissioning it leading up to a video of you hooning around brands hatch or similar BTCC track

AJB88

9,398 posts

149 months

Friday 21st July 2017
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Swampy1982 said:
please explain how you went about acquiring such a car!
Ex-BTCC cars come up for sale quite often.

VX BlackRat

Original Poster:

78 posts

81 months

Friday 21st July 2017
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Thanks guys for the positive reaction, real heart v's head stuff for me so that helps loads!

Good thinking I'll get a 4 wheel alignment done to obtain current chassis settings prior to suspension strip down.
It's a chain driven engine so no belt issues but as based on Z22SE engine (chain muncher) probably worth doing

Bought the car from our heritage dept, I work for VX.

And yes thread to come with build...

Cheers




braddo

8,315 posts

166 months

Saturday 22nd July 2017
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Awesome! thumbup

Looking forward to seeing pics and updates.

Micky Taylor 888

11 posts

59 months

Sunday 23rd July 2017
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Hi mate congratulations on your purchase, you must be the young man who outbid me on this from the heritage collection, I also work for vauxhall, give me a shout on mickyallams@live.co.uk as I know all about the car.

VX BlackRat

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78 posts

81 months

Sunday 23rd July 2017
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Thanks and sorry Micky!! Yes it's the heritage car I've been drooling over for a few years. Didn't know we had anyone with knowledge internally. Will drop you an email once yahoo have fixed their server.

Micky Taylor 888

11 posts

59 months

Sunday 23rd July 2017
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No problems, speak soon

Wh00sher

1,434 posts

196 months

Monday 24th July 2017
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Any chance of some photos ?

Sounds an interesting purchase !

snowen250

1,078 posts

161 months

Monday 24th July 2017
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I think it would be worth letting these guys know you have it:

http://www.touringcarregister.com/

that way it fills in some history smile

in terms of set up/parts, these are your guys:

http://www.touringcarspares.com/

They may even have set up data etc, certainly who to go to for parts/advice though.

Get some pics up! smile Great purchase.

Simon

VX BlackRat

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78 posts

81 months

Monday 24th July 2017
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VX BlackRat

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81 months

Monday 24th July 2017
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VX BlackRat

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81 months

Monday 24th July 2017
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MadRob6

3,585 posts

198 months

Monday 24th July 2017
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Great buy but that brake fluid looks utterly disgusting!

CABC

4,807 posts

79 months

Monday 24th July 2017
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wow, this will be one swift track car! What are your plans for it?

VX BlackRat

Original Poster:

78 posts

81 months

Monday 24th July 2017
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I'm expecting a similar colour fluid in the seat after driving it for the first time

VX BlackRat

Original Poster:

78 posts

81 months

Monday 24th July 2017
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CABC said:
wow, this will be one swift track car! What are your plans for it?
Get it running for next year then drive as many BTCC tracks as possible + trip to Spa in spring.
Jury is out about keeping current powertrain - could be impractical for a track day car. Need to learn more about warm up and starting procedure.

Mickey - thanks again for your call last night, really useful stuff!!!

lb3nson

276 posts

67 months

Monday 24th July 2017
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Well this is the dream right here! Can't say I'm a massive Vauxhall fan but any kind of actual touring car as a track car is frigging awesome.

MagicalTrevor

6,448 posts

207 months

Tuesday 25th July 2017
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You can't change the powertrain!!! You'll remove all the authenticity of it. I can't imagine it

Be F1 levels of starting procedure so I imagine all you'll need to do it manage water/oil temps to a level before taking it on track.

I'd love one of these, well done OP