Gatebil has this peculiar trait of serving you up new and amazing things, just when you think you have seen it all. We arrived on Thursday evening and the whole team spent every minute of the next three days seeking out the best cars for feature shoots. Come Sunday afternoon, I was quite confident that we had seen and photographed everything worth seeing, right until the point where I caught this out of the corner of my eye…
Usually when you see something this wild from a distance, you assume that it’s a) a WRC car or b) an underpowered grocery getter with a WRC bodykit. This was neither, although it was technically closer to the former. I was told that this is an Olsbergs prepared shell (based on a Ford Fiesta WRC), but instead of the expected Ford powerplant and 4WD drivetrain, in its place is a turbocharged Volvo B230 producing close to 500hp, solely to the rear wheels.
The car belongs to Daniel Björk, who won the NEZ Drift Championship last year in an LS1-swapped Volkswagen Golf R32 amidst some seriously tough competition. The attention to detail on this build is astounding.
Take the hydraulic handbrake lever for instance. Asides from being plumbed in to its own dedicated rear brake calipers, it also features an ingenious motorbike style lever which is connected directly to the front brakes, so the front brakes can be modulated under heavy e-braking.
I don’t want to give too much away here as I’m hoping (and praying) to see the car again at Rudskogen next month, where if we’re lucky we can grab a full in-depth feature shoot on the car. Seriously though, Gatebil has kicked my ass once more with no let up in the quality and diversity of metal on display.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jqaI75ciN7E more about car and björk in riga
More about car and Björk ! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jqaI75ciN7E
Wow, this is amazing! I really hope to see more about this car, because the Ford Fiesta is my dream car, and I have a similar project for it, only more civilized, it will be for road use only! Anyway, great job as always!
Awesome car! Almost reminded me of the crazy ERC-Cars i saw at lånke last weekend but with rwd! The color is from ljungby maskin as mentioned, i have a bilsport magazine featuring the old R32 golf.
I hope there is a video of this in action!! Man this thing looks awesome and 500hp rear drive in something that short wheelbase?! Crazy is an understatement!
If he is running separate rear calipers for the E brake there should be no need for the lever on the e brake as using the normal foot brake pedal will be un affected by the E brake use and as such will modulate front braking force as required......
@Hollagraphik best I could get on short notice:
scroll about a 1/3 of the way down ^
@DJJAW11 The car is painted at Ljungby Maskins factory as SwedishBob says in the same colour as their wheel loader's
@DJJAW11 I think the color is the same as one of these. www.ljungbymaskin.se
@DJJAW11 It's definitely not a factory colour anyways, would say it's his own colour.
@DJJAW11 Im 99% sure I read its his own color, custom mix. And he had the same color on his R32...
@DJJAW11 I think its a Ford Focus colour. Looks very close to the 2013 Focus ST yellow colour
But using the foot brake will activate the first set of rear calipers as well, If he is already using the second set he will have to modulate his use of the hand brake to compensate for the increased friction of the two set of calipers being used at the rear as he uses the foot brake, So activating the front brake only removes another variable.
@hypodermic I guess it depends on driving style? You obviously can't left foot brake when using the handbrake as you need to keep the clutch depressed, and if you use your right foot to control the brakes you're coming off the throttle which may not be desirable. This way you can keep the throttle absolutely nailed so when you come off the brake(s) and clutch, you already have maximum engine speed. You could heel and toe, but this is probably a simpler solution. Would love to see it in action just to see how effective it is.
@PaddyMcGrath The last 2 runs you couldn't hear it over the S15, pity the music covers the rest! Looks good doing it but! Cheers for the video mate!
incorrect intirely, if the "1st" set of calipers are "activated" via the the E brake and the rear wheels locked then any additional force added to to them via the foot break is irrevelant. A locked wheel is a locked wheel reguardless of where the hydraulic pressure comes from.
what he has done is a 100% wank factor addition to somthing that needent be there, Everyone else manages just fine with their feet..........
@needel Without driving the setup how do you know? It might feel better using fingers and uncomplicate the feet.