Ex-Carlos Sainz 1994 Ford Escort Cosworth Works Rally Car Registration no. L973 NVX Chassis no. WFOBXXGKABRL 92667 Engine no. RL 92667
'L973 NVX' was built by Gordon Spooner Engineering (GSE) in 1997 under the direction of chief engineer Baz Cannon for the Ford Motor Company as one of only ten Ford Escort Cosworths used as reconnaissance cars for the World Rally Championship. The reputed build cost of these competition cars was in the region of £80,000. This particular car was driven by two-time World Rally Champion Carlos Sainz and Luis Moya during the 1997-1998 World Rally Championship. Sainz went on to win three World Championship rallies in an Escort Cosworth. An Iveco/Ford works service van built at Boreham supported the cars. This van, 'H115 NVX', is also in the sale Lot number TBC and has accompanied 'H115 NVX' throughout its rally career. Left-hand drive, 'L973 NVX' was built from a three-door Ford Motorsport light weight bodyshell, fully seam-welded and with additional chassis rails fitted. Axle stand supports are integral with the shell, while the rear boot floor has been modified to accommodate a quick-release fuel pump assembly. The roll cage is a multi-point T45 welded fabrication with all suspension points attached to the cage. As was usual practice when building a top rally car, a standard Escort Cosworth was purchased and all standard parts needed and its identity transferred to the lightweight shell. The engine is built by Mountune (Mountune engine No MT154 R) with Group A head gaskets, MIG wire insert in the cylinder block, modified oil pump, and enlarged and modified turbocharger housing. Currently fitted with a 34mm restrictor, the engine delivers 300bhp running on 98-octane fuel (see dynamometer sheet on file). An ALS (Anti Lag System) is fitted. The clutch is an AP single-plate paddle type while the transmission features a Quaife close-ratio gearset with quick-shift lever and up-rated V/C unit (50nm). The clutch cable is of Group A specification. The front axle has a Quaife thick-wall casing and similar bottom plate, while the rear axle is up-rated with a V/C unit (240nm) of 4.1:1 ratio. The front suspension system incorporates Öhlins two-way adjustable dampers; strengthened front hubs; up-rated TCA and roll bar bushes with Rose jointed suspension top mounts. There are Öhlins two-way adjustable shock absorbers at the rear together with a Group A axle beam with double strengthening skin; multi-point adjusting positions (inner and outer); fully adjustable Group A rear arms; and Group A inner bush with adjustable outer Rose joint. The brake pad material is Pagid blue for gravel and ceramic for tarmac. A full motor sport wiring loom is installed; all brake, fuel and oil lines are Aeroquip; and the car is also equipped with an electrical cut out and fire extinguishing system. The original named Recaro seats and belts are still fitted. The co-driver trip is Coralba, and a Peltor intercom system is fitted. The hand brake is hydraulic with bias valves for tarmac and gravel. Three sets of Compomotive Ford Motorsport wheels come with the car. Between 2002 and 2005, the vendor used 'L973 NVX' at FIA International rallies in Belgium and France. The car finished in the top twenty on two occasions in the International Rally de Bourgogne in France (see press release on file) and as high as 3rd in Belgian events. It was also used on the Isle of Man Manx Rally. This car has only competed in tarmac events, and in recent years has been dry stored and used occasionally on the road. Fully overhauled in 2010, including a new cam belt, clutch cable and front discs, the car has had limited use since then. This particular Escort is probably the best of the ten: being one of the last built, little used and regularly serviced by GSE and later by Baz Cannon. Bob Stokoe, an international rally co-driver who has been part of the team and has had experience of numerous rally Escort Cosworths has stated: 'This is one of the best handling Cosworth Escorts I have competed in.' Ready to continue in motor sport, 'L973 NVX' comes with all service invoices, expired MoTs, set up instructions, MSA logbook, UK V5 registration document and MoT to May 2014.
Please note the car comes with 9 wheels and tyres plus 4 axle stands