Time Attack Focus Cosworth

Dave Jackson's Infinity Racing Rocketship

The greatest modified cars are not really modified cars at all. The use of such a term would indicate that the initial vehicle largely remains and for the best Fords at Ford Fair this was most certainly not the case. When people take cars to extremes it’s building rather than modifying, and every year the boundaries are pushed. The base car becomes more and more irrelevant and just as the type of canvas may dictate the paint used for a work of art and little more, what is wheeled into the garage initialy takes the same function - a platform to build on.

Dave Jackson has been competing in the UK Time Attack championship for a number of years now in an Escort Cosworth, but new for the 2013 season is this Focus Cosworth. The unsuspecting platform for the car was a 2007 1.6 Sport that had been in a minor front-end smash. After repairing the damaged chassis leg a new floor and transmission tunnel was welded in, designed to accomodate the gearbox and engine shifted back for better weight distribution.

The body panels were replaced with carbon and kevlar items and a full multipoint roll cage was welded in.

Interestingly, the Cosworth YB engine uses an alloy block with which replaces the cast iron of the original 1980s design. These are taller for a longer stroke and increase the capacity to 2.2 litres.

Frustratingly, the car was located in possibly the worst location to shoot - inside and stuffed into a corner, head first. Hopefully I’ll be able to catch it next year in a more open location, and of course in action!

Car Spec. Time Attack Focus Cosworth
Engine SCS built YB, New alloy tall block, 2.2 capacity, higher 9.1:1 compression ratio, 10 long studs, oil spray jets, Extra longer Arrow con rods, custom CP pistons with valve cut-outs, Arrow forged stroker crankshaft, Dry sump system with pace pump, heavily ported head by Nick Waples, WRC multi layer head gasket, custom turbo speced by SCS built by CR Turbos, custom inlet manifold designed and built by SCS, SCS spec high lift camshafts, Isky double valve springs, 8 grey injectors, Pectel T6 2000 engine management mapped by SCS, Spec-R intercooler, air intake, and boot mounted rad system.
Suspension Black Art Design. Race Spec coilovers 3 way adjustable with remote reserviors for in-car control, Struts all with group A upright fittings.
Transmission Quaife 6 speed full sequential 4x4 gearbox. 7" R&D front diff. 7.25" twin plate paddle clutch. Motorsport 9" viscous diff.
Brakes AP Racing 5555 6-pot calipers with 378mm fully floating discs at the front, 300mm discs and AP Racing 4-pot calipers at the rear, bias pedal box.
Wheels & Tyres Compomotive MO6 10X18" in satin black. Tyres 265/35 18".
Bodywork Kevlar and carbon panels
Interior Full T45 roll cage, custom moulded dashboard


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