You can own a hardcore BTCC Ford Mondeo with zero miles
It may be without an engine, but you could drive this effectively new SuperTouring-era car against some of the BTCC greats
In the pages of motorsport history, there are many a car that was built but never raced, and ended up as just a footnote on a Wikipedia page or recycled for spares. This is more the case when racing cars are based on road vehicles. Thankfully this preserved Ford Mondeo car, which would have been used in the British Touring Car Championship, has precisely zero miles on it, but admittedly no engine either.
The 1999 Ford Mondeo Super Tourer shell was recently put back together, having originally been built to be raced by Gareth Howell in the 1999 BTCC season. Aged 18 at the time, Howell was one of the rising stars of British motorsport, and held the record as the youngest ever winner in the BTCC-supporting Ford Fiesta Championship.
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Howell’s car was given the No.18 entry for 1999, but his lifelong dream of driving in the BTCC failed to materialise that year and the car never raced. He returned to competing in Fiestas, and after winning that championship he received a prize test with the factory Ford team.
The unraced Mondeo, which is in the same specification as it was two decades ago, is eligible for historic racing competitions in Britain and abroad, including the Super Touring series that occasionally supports the BTCC to this day and attracts old stars of the championship. Given 1992 BTCC champion John Cleland is still a regular in his Vauxhall Vectra, it'll be like travelling back in time.
An eventual BTCC debut for Howell came in the secondary class in 2000, and a year later he finished fifth in the production class standings, his one full season in the championship. He made intermittent appearances thereon, winning at Silverstone three times in 2005 and ‘06.
The car is being listed on eBay with its original suspension, subframes, 16 magnesium centre lock wheels, carbon intake, and fuel cell, but without the all-important engine. A replacement one shouldn’t be too difficult to source, and it’s quite possible that an engine that is already doing the rounds in a rival Super Touring car could be bought or rented for use.
Outside of racing, the car would also make a great display model (with a retro Super Touring livery mandatory, naturally), or even a track day machine for everyday folk who want to feel like the touring car icons of their childhood. The top bid is currently £2050, meaning the reserve has not been met, and there are nine days left on the auction.
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