Ex Claus Ludwig / Manfred Winkelhock Zakspeed Group 5 Ford Capri BDA

Ex Claus Ludwig / Manfred Winkelhock Zakspeed Group 5 Ford Capri BDA

Built at Zakspeed from 80 metres of aluminium tubing, the aerodynamics developed in the wind tunnel at Aachen University, and featuring a new turbo BDA engine of 1427cc capacity, the first Zakspeed Turbo Capri was born. Late in the 1978 season, the Turbo Capri was entered, driven by regular driver Hans Heyer, in that familiar “Mampe” livery which had adorned the Escorts of previous years. Although there were reliability issues at first, it was obvious early on that this car had what it would take to win the championship, and before the year was out Heyer took his first win at the Nurburgring in the Capri.

Chassis ZAK-G5C 001/81 which is being offered for sale here was the last Capri built by Zakspeed in period, and is one of only two Capris which featured a full-length underfloor venturi tunnel with flexible side skirts, sealing the underside of the car to the track and giving the cars a massive increase in downforce. Confirmed by Zakspeed that this chassis was raced both in the Wurth livery driven by Claus Ludwig and probably the most famous Liqui Moly aka “The 935 Killer” livery driven by Manfred Winkelhock.

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