Street legal Formula Ford car in Germany

Street-legal Reynard 91F
Street-legal Reynard 91F

We know you all are wondering what it would take to turn an aging Formula One-style Ford car into a street legal machine. German citizen Christian Maier decided to find out. The 40-year-old spent several years working on the retired race car, and finally got to realize his dream.

Now, after four years of work, the racer can take to the streets... and there's nothing the fuzz can do about it. Turning it legal was no small challenge, even for Maier. Maier, a former driver in the German Formula Ford series, got safety and technology consulting group TÜV on board to help out. The first words he heard from them were unpleasant. When Maier asked why his Formula car should not get road approval, the representative from TÜV could only say, "It will be very expensive."

Bumpers were built into the front wing and rear wing. Retractable headlights emerge from the front of the body, with new heavy-duty plastic wheelwells at the front and rear. Turn indicators are attached to the top of the front wells, with rear indicators and taillights attached to the sides of the rear wells. A hand brake has been installed in the cockpit, as well as a horn, and light switches. New features resulted in a larger curb weight of 525 kg (1,157 lbs).

With the extra weight comes a need for extra power. His first step was replacing the 130 hp engine. Although it does not sound like a lot of power, Formula Ford cars rarely weighed over 420 kg (926 lbs). Sub-five second 0-100 km/h times are common on the vehicles, which usually top out around 230 km/h (143 mph). The car's new engine is a four-cylinder 204 hp turbo from an Opel Calibra that powers the car to a 250 km/h (155 mph) top speed. The vehicle has a tubular chassis, fiberglass body, a dual suspension.

Maier had always wanted to do something with the car, which did little more than collect dust in his attic. Although Maier is no doubt happy he can stop laboring over the car just to get it to work, his wife Doris is probably a bit happier. When the reporter called Christian Maier "reasonable," Doris just looked at him and laughed.

Source: autobild.de
Published Jan 21st, 2009 11:54pm By Zack Newmark
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vilivo vilivo
Does this remind anyone of, umm - perhaps an R8...
Jan 23rd, 2009 2:50am
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Bristol411S3 Bristol411S3
A pity he didn't tune the original Ford engine or replace it with a n/a modern Ford engine. Would have kept it "purer".
Jan 22nd, 2009 7:52pm
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ceven ceven
http://youtube.com/watch?v=kfBtt5KVMiE Wee. RTL TV piece about the car. In the last 2 yrs, power went from 204 hp to 280 hp. That's better, isn't it? :D
Jan 22nd, 2009 6:52pm
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pzigly pzigly
If I could put any engine in that car, it would be nissans 2.6L skyline turbo I6. If that it too big then I would put the silvia's s14 or s15 engine in it.
Jan 22nd, 2009 12:44pm
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trekkerbin trekkerbin
This is simply interesting! Well, it is a car, right? There's no reason to keep it off the real everyday driving road!
Jan 22nd, 2009 10:32am
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WildMaverick1200 WildMaverick1200
It's not convincing. For such a small car, I guess an Atom would be a million times better. It has nearly 600 hp/ton, which is more than almost any other roadcar, and definitely more than this toy. Plus, the Atom fits a passenger ;=)
Jan 22nd, 2009 9:27am
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Joe_Limon Joe_Limon
I am guessing the appeal would be because you can buy an old formula car for cheap! add on $20,000 legalizing it and it's still gonna outperform a atom on a track due to down force and what not. http://www.race-cars.com/carsales/vandiemn/1215382118/1215382118ss.htm This all being said, I to would gladly spend the extra money and get a Atom/Ultima/Reynard.
Jan 22nd, 2009 11:13am
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jandrews90 jandrews90
that'd be pretty sweet to drive...
Jan 22nd, 2009 9:00am
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dbehmoaras dbehmoaras
want one in all black, no badges; fun day at the track
Jan 22nd, 2009 8:25am
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ceven ceven
Why not make that a Haiku! Want one in all black No badges at all make it Fun times at the track Or so.
Jan 22nd, 2009 8:50am
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ceven ceven
It has become quite a basterd with all the modifications, but then all those are strictly required if you want to travel the roads of 'Schland. In fact, it's not much short of a wonder. Over here, it's already a criminal act if you modify your car and run it without having your paperwork updated. And while the Ferrari prancing horse may be a bit poseur, the 204 hp result in a power-to-weight ratio of 389 hp per tonne. That's hella close to a Lambo LP640, which has 384 hp per tonne (1665 kg kerb weight). In the end it may only a few things that distract from wanting such a toy. The possibility of an accident is one. And the turbo-ed engine may be frustrating to, as it comes with the classic lag. He should have gone with a two-litre Civic Type R-mill. Still want one. w/o Ferrari badge ofc.
Jan 22nd, 2009 8:13am
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BabyMilo BabyMilo
only a w*nker would buy one of these.
Jan 22nd, 2009 7:07am
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_M7_ _M7_
Jan 22nd, 2009 6:14am
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loyo loyo
So "it is" a Formula Ford... painted red, with a Ferrari logo on the nose, an Opel Calibra engine in the middle... and a horn
Jan 22nd, 2009 5:14am
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Joe_Limon Joe_Limon
The third picture looks like an earlier version of the car.
Jan 22nd, 2009 5:12am
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