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Ford Falcon Racer (1963)


Ford Falcon Racer (1963)

This Ford Falcon actually uses very little in the way of Ford parts. While it looks like a hardtop coupe, it is actually a convertible body and has had the roof from another Falcon welded on. All that remains of the steel body is the roof, rear three-quarters and doors, while the rest are glass-fibre moulded items in order to save weight. For the same reason, and for improved safety, the glass has also made way for Lexan, reinforced plastic. The frame has been built to the NHRA's (National Hot Rod Association) drag-racing standards for the class of Super Gas, to which the cars run an index of 9.90 seconds on the quarter-mile. The chassis is tubular steel and the front and rear suspension uses lightweight coilover damper units with tubular locating arms. The engine is based on a Ford 460ci (7.5-liter) big-block, but with a stroker crankshaft and a race-spec build.

Ford Falcon Racer (1963) Specifications

Top speed:160 mph (256 km/h)
0-60 mph (0-96 km/h):2.8 sec
Engine type:V8
Displacement:500 ci (8,193 cc)
Transmission:2-speed auto
Max power:710 bhp (529 kW) @ 7,000 rpm
Max torque:685 lb ft (929 Nm) @ 5,200 rpm
Weight:2,015 lb (916 kg)
Economy:6 mpg (2.12 km/I)
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