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Jump to navigation. As a car-loving kid growing up in the depths of Cornwall, I hoovered up any motor racing that appeared on the cathode ray tube in the corner of our living room. I loved the fast and frantic format of the Rallycross Superprix at Brands Hatch, and although my favourite driver was an Audi Quattro-wielding Cypriot fruit importer named Dimi Mavropolous surely one of the quickest-sounding names ever I couldn't help but be impressed by the antics of Martin Schanche in his Xtrac Ford Escort G4.
Journalistic endeavor should not be subject to preconceptions, but inevitably you tend to mull over probabilities before you drive a competition car. My reasoning before I drove the latest G4 Xtrac Ford Escort, generously loaned for a day of tarmac and loose surface experience, was that the rear drive Escort MK2 which we were to use as a benchmark would be easy to drive, and the Xtrac, by comparison would be extremely tricky. I had tried to absorb seven fascia dials; twin levers from the transmission tunnel; separate front and rear anti-roll bar adjusters flanking my now palsied legs, plus boost and brake bias handwheel adjusters, and I was far from confident.
I agreed to go with him and that I would take care about our flights, while he would do the shipment of his car. But was also the year of the Los Angeles Olympics and I was not able to get tickets cheap enough to afford for me in those days. The result was that I stayed at home, while he was flying alone to Denver in Colorado.
This is a relatively unknown area for the RS The car had actually had a brief start in racing in the s in the Ford-run Rallye Sport Series; with some circuit rounds present in the championship, but there was a lot more to come, especially with the advent of the kit variants of the car. With highly modified engines, sequential gearboxes and up rated suspension, there were clear similarities.
From the sport of Rallycross was re-opened! In the by then for Hewland working British engineer Mike Endean that man Schanche found somebody capable to realise his own idea, a 4WD that could be changed by hand while competing from front:rear drive stepless to by a hydraulic system. It is rebuilt to Brands Hatch specs and was used by Endean, who lives as pensioner on one of the Channel Islands, for many a year in hill-climbs.
Xtrac Limitedalso known as Xtrac Transmission Technologyis a British engineering company founded in by the former Hewland engineer Mike Endean to make 4WD systems and gearboxes for rallycross and later rally and racing cars. Endean, together with Chris Goddard, who had been working on the electronic components essential to the system, in developed the first Xtrac 4WD system, for Norwegian rallycross star Martin Schanche. This bhp so-called Xtrac 1 see image was bought by Endean, in the mids, who is still racing it himself in carsprints and hillclimbs.
Transmission technology specialist Xtrac has appointed Piet Daenen into a newly created position of chief operating officer COO. Organised to coincide with National Apprenticeship Week, apprentices, employers and College staff came…. Second year apprentice, Stephen Gomm has been honoured by being appointed as a Coachmakers Automotive Apprentice.
He announced that this year he would be competing in the new Americas Rallycross …. G4 Xtrac Escort Rallycross car — Originally published in Forty-seven years on from the birth of the most gladiatorial form of motorsport, top-level rallycross returns to Britain this month with Ford racers at the forefront. Collaborating with UK-based M-Sport and. Read our about our latest Ford Performance Fan Spotlight, and submit your ride today!