Team RallyMarshal - Barbados Rally Carnival 2003
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Team RallyMarshal Car Information

Competing on the Wolds Rally - September 1st 2002 Team RallyMarshal consists of a Vauxhall Nova - B311 VLJ - which was bought as a partly prepared shell and a mountain of bits and transported back from Bournemouth to the Notts area in Spring 2001. Over the summer of 2001, then the Autumn and then the Winter, the shell was stripped back and restrengthened with lots of extra seamwelding and then slowly assembled into a finished rallycar.

The mountain of bits wasnt enough of a mountain so a suitable donor car was found, stripped and scrapped and even then there were bits we had to buy new. However, the car was finally finished in Spring 2002.

Shell: 3 door Vauxhall Nova shell in White fitted with Hockley Strengthening kit, Safety Devices 6 point rollcage with door bars, X diagonals and harness bar multipointed to 14 point fixing. Shell fitted with GSi front end, GTE sideskirts and GSi rear bumper and spoiler. Aluminium sumpguard and polyeurethene tankguard fitted for underbody protection. Shell is lightened is several key areas due to it being used as a sprint shell previously
Engine: Vauxhall 1400NZ 8v engine with lightened / balanced bottom end and ARP bolts. Ported and polished head with Kent AST17 cam and solid lifters. Nova GTE exhaust manifold and Gp A exhaust system. Twin 40 Weber carbs on 1300 inlet manifold using 2 x switchable Facet red top fuel pumps.
Transmission: Vauxhall F13CR gearbox with 4.3 CWP and ZF 65% 6 plate LSD. Paddle clutch, internal Astra gear selector and stronger rebuilt gear linkage.
Suspension: Bilstein 2.25 inch adjustable front struts with 220lb 10.5 inch (tarmac) or 180lb 12 inch (gravel) front springs. Bilstein rough tarmac rear shocks and 180lb springs, PolyRace hardened bushes, eccentric spherical bearing top mounts, 2.2 turn quick rack and uniball bottom ball joints. GTE front and rear antiroll bars
Brakes: Vectra ATE front calipers and vented discs using Mintex 1166 pads (tarmac) or Mintex 1144 (gravel / very wet). Standard rear drums on bias pedal box arrangement with hydraulic handbrake and rear in-line proportioning valve. Fully aeroquipped brake lines.
Interior: Corbeau Forza seats fitted with Sabelt 5 point aircraft release harnesses. Chequer plate flooring and aluminium navigators footrest. Lifeline Zero 2000 plumbed in extinguisher system and handheld. Peltor intercom system. Full fusebox and relays in dashboard and converted to pushbutton ignition and other electricals. FIA spec electrical cutoff fitted.
Wheels and Tyres: 14" x 5.5" Astra LXi alloys fitted sprayed white to match car. Fitted with either Yokohama A048 185/55/14 in medium compound or 185/60/14 A032R tyres in supersoft compounds for tarmac events.