Following the disappointing retirement from the Jack Neal Memorial Stages Rally last month, Paul and the team have been busy making improvements and further developments ahead of the new engine.
On inspecting the damaged engine, and it was discovered that the camshaft had failed, causing the oil pump to stop and the bottom end to run dry. As a result, a new engine has been built, and will shortly be ready to go into the car. Paul said:
“I’m pleased in a way that the problem was something we couldn’t have foreseen. I’ve heard stories about the Ford Racing camshafts not being up to the job, and this has forced our hand to revisit the spec of the engine and improve it. We have settled on a Kent cam this time, having heard good things and had good experiences ourselves from both a performance and reliability point of view.
The new cam has a power band that comes in at 2500 RPM and finishes at around 5,500 which is perfect for the ECU that we are running. It’s easy to look on the bright side of these things when every time something needs correcting you’re learning and you’re also given the opportunity to carry out further development and improvements. The car will be even more competitive next time out.”
The team are planning on entering the Armstrong Massey Stages rally in Driffield at the beginning of July – more details will be released soon, though it is not a spectator event so anyone wishing to get along to see the action up close will have to volunteer as a marshall or service crew for the team.