Sometimes when you look at a racing car, it’s easy to see what road going machine it is based on. Most GT and touring cars are the same as the showroom version with a big rear wing and a few extra bulges here and there. Then you get something like this – The Zakspeed Capri Turbo. Underneath all the pointy bodywork is Ford’s relatively humble Capri coupe, an icon of British 80′s motoring, but by the time it hit the track in the German DRM series, it had transformed into something altogether more spectacular.
Running in the Group 5 class, the rules required that the car be based on the road going version from above the wheel arches. Which basically meant the roof, the windows and the rear lights. Everything else was built from scratch, turning it into a pure race car. The car was sliced and lowered, standing at barely half the height of the original, and giant front and rear wings were added to suck the car down to the track. The chassis was replaced with a welded tubular space frame to make it very light, whilst bigger rear wheels were added to the back, giving it an aggressive, nose down stance. The body panels were made of extra strong reinforced plastic, lighter than the metal usually used on the car, and each section could be easily removed like a giant model kit. Finally, the tiny little 1.4 litre engine had a giant turbo charger, intercooler and fuel injection system fitted which meant that this monster could produce over 450bhp, spitting giant bursts of flame out the shiny metal side exhausts.
The Capri was a successful racing car, competing in different forms for over 5 years in the DRM series before being retired, and the model in this colouring page has been lovingly restored and is brought out for display runs around the world so that new fans can see this incredible machine in action. The main colour scheme of this car was red, white and black, but why not get creative and see what else you can come up with?