1985 Ford XR4ti Merkur -Group A Touring Car

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1985 Ford XR4ti Merkur -Group A Touring Car

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Re: 1985 Ford XR4ti Merkur -Group A Touring Car

Post by John Brennan » Fri Jan 25, 2019 9:32 am

Looks like a nicely-turned-out car. Interesting, how they kept the E6 manifold.
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Re: 1985 Ford XR4ti Merkur -Group A Touring Car

Post by andyofcolumbusmerkur » Fri Jan 25, 2019 10:51 am

Cool pictures, right click all those for sure. I wonder what the specs are on the engine, and the 360bhp. I love the shots of the interior and the engine bay all minimalist and all.
You can barbecue it, boil it, broil it, bake it, saute it. There's shrimp kabobs, shrimp creole, shrimp gumbo, pan fried, deep fried, stir fried, pineapple shrimp, lemon shrimp, coconut shrimp, pepper shrimp, shrimp soup, shrimp stew, shrimp salad, shrimp in potatoes, shrimp burger, shrimp sandwich....

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Post by andyofcolumbusmerkur » Fri Jan 25, 2019 11:23 am

Couple more interesting pics of this car.
https://racecarsdirect.com/Advert/Detai ... ouring-car
You can barbecue it, boil it, broil it, bake it, saute it. There's shrimp kabobs, shrimp creole, shrimp gumbo, pan fried, deep fried, stir fried, pineapple shrimp, lemon shrimp, coconut shrimp, pepper shrimp, shrimp soup, shrimp stew, shrimp salad, shrimp in potatoes, shrimp burger, shrimp sandwich....

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Re: 1985 Ford XR4ti Merkur -Group A Touring Car

Post by Snake » Sun Jan 27, 2019 10:20 pm

This another XR4Ti motorsports car sold from about a decade earlier. http://www.race-cars.com/carsold/ford/s ... erx1ss.htm

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Re: 1985 Ford XR4ti Merkur -Group A Touring Car

Post by Power Tryp » Tue Feb 12, 2019 6:58 pm

Love it. It's great to see an original or at least mostly original Group A spec 2.3L engine and how they routed tubes and hoses.

Man these engines look amazing once you clear out the emissions. Also the swirlpot that is vented to the overflow tank is brilliant and likely something that I'll look to ape as my build progresses.
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Re: 1985 Ford XR4ti Merkur -Group A Touring Car

Post by John Brennan » Tue Feb 12, 2019 8:30 pm

Power Tryp wrote:
Tue Feb 12, 2019 6:58 pm
Love it. It's great to see an original or at least mostly original Group A spec 2.3L engine and how they routed tubes and hoses.

Man these engines look amazing once you clear out the emissions. Also the swirlpot that is vented to the overflow tank is brilliant and likely something that I'll look to ape as my build progresses.
Very much agree!
Interesting also how many XR4Ti racers did the “crisscrossed” IC tubes.
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Re: 1985 Ford XR4ti Merkur -Group A Touring Car

Post by Power Tryp » Tue Feb 12, 2019 11:16 pm

John Brennan wrote:
Tue Feb 12, 2019 8:30 pm
Very much agree!
Interesting also how many XR4Ti racers did the “crisscrossed” IC tubes.
Almost certainly that has to do with homologation. They probably weren't allowed to rotate the inlet due to homologation or didn't want to go through the process of homologating a rotated intake knowing the Cosworth was coming down the line.
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Re: 1985 Ford XR4ti Merkur -Group A Touring Car

Post by John Brennan » Wed Feb 13, 2019 8:26 am

Power Tryp wrote:
Tue Feb 12, 2019 11:16 pm
John Brennan wrote:
Tue Feb 12, 2019 8:30 pm
Very much agree!
Interesting also how many XR4Ti racers did the “crisscrossed” IC tubes.
Almost certainly that has to do with homologation. They probably weren't allowed to rotate the inlet due to homologation or didn't want to go through the process of homologating a rotated intake knowing the Cosworth was coming down the line.
That may well be. I think it is also possible that this arrangement, given the angles in play, is less "bendy" and restrictive than the sharp turns made by other configurations.
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1989 XR4Ti 5-Speed
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2015 Edge 3.5 V6 Auto/Paddles

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