That Road Legal Group 5 Capri
Don’t Give Up

This is a bit of a strange one, as it was probably the last car I ever expected to see show up at Players Classic.

What makes it even better – at least for me anyway – is that I had no idea this car even existed right up until the moment I walked in front of it. Let’s put it this way, an unexpected encounter with a road registered Zakspeed-style Ford Capri tends to make an impact on you. You’re not going to forget about it in a hurry.

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Unfortunately, try as I might, I couldn’t locate the owner at the event to get a look inside and underneath this absolutely ludicrous (in the best possible sense) creation. So what follows is a bit of an enthusiastic observation of what I could see from the outside, and a little bit of cyberstalking of the owner’s Instagram account. Thanks to reader LukeEVOVIII for providing us with that particular detail. Bless you, internet.

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The Capri isn’t meant to be two tone, but from what I could gather, the previous front bumper and aero design collapsed at speed and required a complete overhaul and rethink. I imagine it will be back in one solid shade in the near future.

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It’s a fully space-framed chassis with composite bodywork. The engine was absent at the event, although I’ve since learned that it was powered by a turbocharged Honda F20C which unfortunately let go recently.

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This is one of those rare cars that to me perfectly sums up how crazy the UK scene can be. Because how many other places in the world can you build a Group 5 Capri at home, stick a turbo Honda S2000 engine in it and drive it on the street? Brilliant!

Reading through the owner’s IG account, he does seem to have had a rough time of it as of late. To Rickdawg: if you somehow stumble upon this short story, please don’t give up because what you’re doing is so, so good that it needs to reach completion.

This isn’t the last we’ll see of this.

Paddy McGrath
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paddy@speedhunters.com

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1

Karate!!!!!!

2

So awesome, this thing just needs a high revving ford small block.

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No problem Paddy U0001f44c

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DanielDerricott

Ricky ferris's monster lol he has a group on facebook with pictures of the complete build and some rather amusing videos! He's a top bloke!

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difflocked_mees

incredible! hey rickdog check your IG inbox i want to feature your build on my IG page @Difflocked 


its insane that this is even remotely road legal, its the best kind of insane this car is an embodiment of chasing your dream and celebrating car culture.

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I think the engine knew it was not worthy enough to be in this beast and honorably blew itself up... Soooo many great Ford engines you could put in this, DFV anybody? Oh and that "Type R" tach needs to go. Besides that, this has to be one of the most epic "road legal" cars in the world. I mean who wouldn't want to get some milk and eggs from the grocery store in a Group 5 Zakspeed bodied car?!?! By the time you get home you'll have an omelet and butter tho. 
We need a full feature on this eventually please!

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@FlushPoke I take it you haven't looked at DFV prices lately? A turbocharged inline-four is more appropriate, especially for a car being built on a budget.

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Paddy McGrath R53Coop Ah, well that makes sense then. I still think a Ford small block would be mean in this car.

10

So cool. One of my deepest automotive desires is to build an RS3100 Group 2 replica.

11

Rusty slammington goes to Britain! Seriously though, it's already a level of achievement that most only dream of. Well done.

12

"how many other places in the world can you build a Group 5 Capri at home", ...well for example in Sweden, my road legal Zakspeed Capri group 5 replica was ready 3 years ago and took around 5 years to build; 
https://www.facebook.com/zakspeedtribute/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel

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Paddy McGrath How about a DFX then, its basically two turbocharged inline-fours, but they might share a crank... I guess I was just wishfully thinking the owner has a bigger budget. The F20C is undeniably an incredible motor, but an EcoBoost could be a nice choice too. I guess I feel that with a body that iconic the engine should at least stay in the family.
Keep up the great work!

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MagnusLundin I wrote that line and fully expected someone from Scandinavia to reply!

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The Honda engine is a great choice for this build. You keep rwd, shave weight, have a redline out of the box over 7,500 Rpms, with a proper build 1,000 hp isn't unheard of.

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