The car uses the engine, transmission, front and rear suspension and selected accessories from the Van Diemen RF89 FF2000 single seat car produced for the Brands Hatch Formula Forward "Alliance and Leicester" series. This formula and series became defunct due to lack of entries around 1999 to 2000. This particular car in it's original single seat form, was run by Pete Alexander and driven by Richard Olly. I believe it was a series front runner at the time. The final season of the series was abandoned after 5 events. This engine had therefore seen only 5 races following a full re-build by Derek Scarrow.
The major difference between the Formula Ford 2000 (and therefore Sports 2000) equipment and the equipment on this Brands Hatch formula cars, was the engine. These BH cars were fitted with the Ford N9 Sierra 20O0cc, dohc, 8 valve engine fitted briefly to Ford Sierras between approximately 1988-91, pre-Zetec range. Several cars were fitted with Zetec engines and raced or hill climbed. The engines converted for this formula were fitted with dry sump equipment, homologated camshafts and electronic engine control equipment to produce 155 to 160 bhp.
A brief description of the systems fitted to the sports racing car is given below.
Engine - Ford Sierra engine as described above, solidly mounted to chassis, with dry sump lubrication, fuel injection, electronic ignition and charging system. Aluminium 14 litre dry sump tank, chassis mounted
Transmission - Hewland LD 201,4 speed and reverse, mounted to engine via clutch housing/spacer. Hydraulic operated clutch. Gear change rhs of cockpit,
Front suspension & steering - Van Diemen layout with top rockers, adjustable inboard mounted coil/damper units and wide based lower wishbones, Geometry as original layout, fully adjustable. Suspension mounted on aluminium plates bolted to chassis. lnboard manually adjustable anti roll bar. Steering rack with central input and universally jointed steering shaft.
Rear suspension - Van Diemen layout with top rockers, adjustable inboard coil/damper units, lower wishbones mounted directly to transmission casing. Geometry as original layout and fully adjustable. Manually adjustable anti roll bar mounted on transmission.
Chassis - New custom designed large tube space frame in 38mm diameter round and square tubing, 1.5 and 1.2mm thick, mild steel, fully MIG welded. Floor, seat bulkhead and cockpit sides clad in 0.9mm mild steel sheet welded to frame. Roll hoop and lateral diagonal manufactured by Rollcentre welded to chassis. Attachment bushes for engine/transmission mountings, front suspension plates, pedals and other structural mounts are welded to frame. Plywood floors provided for bodyside pontoons.
Brakes - Original RF89 equipment, with cockpit adjustable brake balance control.
Wheels and tyres - 6"x13" and 8"x13" diameter wheels front and rear respectively. One set fitted with Avon slicks and second set fitted with Avon wets.
Cooling system - Twin coolant radiators, one per side in body pontoons, fed from front mounted air intakes. Radiators are new and fitted with new hoses and connections. Aluminium coolant header tank. Engine oil cooler fitted on top of transmission with air intake in rear body.
Fuel system - 3 gallon fuel tank mounted in centre of car. Electric fuel pump and filter.
Electrical system - 12v battery and charging system. Rear light. Remote starting battery and connection is included.
Instruments - usual tachometer and coolant temperature and oil pressure guages. lgnition/charging system includes cutoff switch.
Fire extinguishing system - SPA manually cable operated AFFF system with 2 nozzles in the engine/transmission bay
Bodywork - Five piece detachable GRP bodywork. Body side pontoons and cockpit surround sections are retained to chassis with socket button head M5 screws.
Front end and rear engine bay sections are fully demountable and retained by overcentre and spring clips. GRP moulds are included for front and rear sections.
Front end section includes integral splitter.
Carbon fiber rear aerofoil is adjustable for height and angle and is centrally mounted from the rear of the transmission."