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Club Duratec Concept Unveiled
18th August 2011
This weekend saw the first running of the Club Duratec test car at Castle Combe fitted with the de-tuned Duratec engine developed by Premier Power. The car driven by Roger Orgee Junior and run by Kevin Mills Racing ran faultlessly in a shakedown test on Thursday before running again on Sunday.
The concept is aimed at providing club level competitors with modern low cost engines which will reduce running costs dramatically. Following several conversations at the weekend, competitors currently racing in Kent Formula Ford, could in a four year period reduce their engine running costs by up to 80% and this doesn’t take into consideration any mechanical failures on the Kent engine which can be costly.
“The new engine could potentially be run for three or four seasons without needing any maintenance other than oil changes” says Premier Power boss Stuart Cresswell.
The aim with this project now is to see what interest there is in running either a regional or national championship. The main objective is to reduce running costs for competitors and early thoughts are centred round a championship with six double header weekends using selected gear ratios and a nominated number of treaded tyres. Cars could either be current Duratec engine’d cars which have their engines converted to the reduced performance specification or maybe even Zetec or later generation Kent cars fitted with the new engine. John Loebell of Media Motorsport is looking at converting a Kent car to the Club Duratec specification as a feasibility study.
The engines will be fitted with standard road car camshafts, uprated valve springs, a smaller throttle body and have the life racing ECUs programmed with a different map to suit the new engine specification. The ECU will also have a slightly reduced rev limit to reduce engine wear. The Life Racing ECU also features a built in data logger which competitors and scrutineers will be able to have access via viewing software. The set up of the ECUs will be such that no one will be able to make adjustments to the calibration in the ECU, only to view the outputs from the engine sensors themselves.
“We’ve organised this sampler day at Castle Combe for drivers to come along and have a go in the cars and to give us feedback” says Stuart.