Monday, June 13, 2011

Car Of The Day: June 13, 2011

Today's car of the day is Zylmex's 1981 Zakspeed Ford Capri.

Zakspeed is a motor racing team from Germany, founded in 1968 by Erich Zakowski and nowadays run by his son Peter Zakowski. Their home town of Niederzissen is located not far away from the Nürburgring race track.

For more information and pictures of the real car please visit: Zakspeed Ford Capri

Corgi and Zylmex did the Zakspeed Capris, and Summer did a Zakspeed Mustang.  Matchbox did the Zakspeed Mustang in a larger scale, but not in 1/64.  This is not an official racing livery, and I'm unaware of any examples of this car with racing graphics.

In the late 1970s, Zakspeed was the official Ford team in the German Deutsche Rennsport Meisterschaft (DRM) series, a predecessor of the current DTM. The company constructed and entered an FIA Group 2 Escort and the Group 5 Capri, based on the MKIII production model. During this period, the Zakspeed team achieved a number of victories including the overall championship in 1981 with driver Klaus Ludwig (car shown left).

In the early 1980s, Zakspeed also prepared a Mustang for Ford USA's Special Vehicle Operations to race in the domestic IMSA Camel GT series. The Mustang chassis was based on the Group 5 Capri.

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