Ford Sierra Cosworth Wolf Racing RS500

1986 Ford Sierra Cosworth Wolf Racing RS500
Price: £SOLD

Exterior: Moonstone blue
Interior: Grey/red cloth
Transmission: Manual
Mileage: 24,000

Engine: 2.0 4cyl

Layout: LHD

Drivetrain: RWD

Power: 300+ bhp

ABOUT THIS CAR

We are proud to offer this fantastic opportunity to acquire something very rare and unusual. One of 10 Cosworths uprated by the official Ford Works DTM team, approved by Ford.

 

Wolf Racing campaigned Sierra Cosworths in 1986-1989 in the German DTM Championship for Ford as the official Works race team. During this time, and due to consumer pressure on Ford to produce a LHD RS500 for the German market, Wolf Racing agreed to offer an official Ford peerformance upgrade for Cosworth owners.

Circa 10 conversions were undertaken by Wolf Racing for Ford, all in moonstone blue. The conversion consisted of a 300bhp engine upgrade, RS500 livery, rear aero kit, DTM style wheels and RS500 instrumentation.

With only 24,000 miles, this car is in great condition. There is zero corrosion and the interior has the appearance of a brand new car. However, the car is not a garage queen or show car. It is ready to be driven and enjoyed in full.

The vehicle has been inspected by the chairman of the RS Owner’s Club, authenticating and verifying original factory build. A written declaration of the purchase of the Wolf Racing upgrade is also present from the first owner, chairman of a well known Ford dealer group in Germany.

ABOUT WOLF RACING AND IT'S HISTORY WITH THE FORD SIERRA

WOLF Racing has been very successful in motorsport. In the 70s, 80s and 90s they built many Ford work teams and achieved numerous successes. The well-known racing cars built by Wolf based on Sierra Cosworth, Escort RS and Focus RS were all competition milestones - and extremely popular among motorsport fans. More than 30 victories and 100 podiums proved their impressive performance. Wolf Racing still occasionally compete in motorsport, but are perhaps best known for their road car performance conversions, utilising the expertise they built on the track.

In 1984-1985, the light rarely went out in the Ford Motorsport department in Cologne. High pressure was being placed upon the factory motorsport team, with the board wishing to enter into the German Touring Car Championship. In 1985, Ford could wait no more.

 

Before the DTM race on the Berlin Avus race track, Ford announced its entry into the DTM, with HWRT Tuning being awarded the contract to run the official Ford Works DTM team. In this first season, HWRT Tuning ran a Ford Merkur XR4 Ti. Nobody thought it was possible, but Klaus Niedzwiedz succeeds in winning the team's first victory!

In 1986, based on the success of this first season running the official Works team for Ford, HWRT Tuning was renamed Wolf Racing and adopted the now legendary Jumping Wolf logo. This season, Wolf Racing contested the German Touring Car Championship as well as the European Touring Car Championship whilst at the same time making the change from the Ford Merkur XR4 Ti to the Ford Sierra Cosworth.

 

In addition, based on the Ford Sierra Cosworth, Wolf Racing developed a mass-sport clubman vehicle for everyone, which was used by customer teams throughout Europe in many national and international series, with victories on almost all racing and rally circuits in the world.

Based on the success of running the Ford Works team, and their experience in building mass-produced clubman cars for competition, Ford asked Wolf to produce an official tuning package for the general public for road going cars. This came about due to pressure on Ford to produce a LHD RS500 alternative for the German market, as fans could not access the now all sold-out run of 500 UK RHD units of the RS500.

 

The official package included: Racing pistons, green injectors, bigger fuel pump, racing wastegate, uprated electronic control chip, steel twin exit exhaust, lowered sport suspension, 16" gold DTM style wheels, RS500 rear wings, RS500 decals, tinting film on rear windows, RS500 instrumentation with 300km/h full-scale, additional integrated instrumentation in the central console, racing gear knob and sports pedals.

 

The declared power was 300 PS, although some owners claim at least 40 PS more. From 1986 through 1989 (nearly two years after the end of production of the first series), n.10 street-legal RS500 upgrades, all in moonstone blue, were produced.

In 1988, Wolf Racing continued to campaign in the DTM for Ford Works using a Ford Sierra RS Cosworth with driver Armin Hahne at the helm. Overall, Armin scored 6 race victories (including 2 at the Nürburgring Nordschleife) and achieved third place in the drivers' championship. In addition, Wolf Racing won the constructors' championship of the DTM. Also in 1988, Wolf Racing entered the European Automobile Hillclimb Championships with countless victories in Benelux, France, Spain, Scandinavia, Italy and Austria. This resulted in a 2nd place position in the championship overall.

In 1989, Wolf Racing and Ford again set their sights on the DTM, with great ambition. However, a serious accident on the Nürburgring Nordschleife ended the season for Armin Hahne. A replacement driver proved difficult to find, but eventually Alain Ferte signed on to take the wheel. He proved to be an ideal replacement. Ferte managed an unbelievable feat, entering the competition as a Nordschleife newcomer. He won convincingly on both runs in the "Green Hell".

 

1989 proved to be one of the most successful yet. 3 victories in DTM; Victory in Group N at the 24h race of the Nürburgring; Victory in several races at the Langstreckenpokal Nürburgring; Victory in the European Championship; Victory in the Austrian Touring Car Championship; and victory in several races in Benelux, Italy and Scandinavia.

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