1990 Spice/Cosworth SE 90C (Chassis #11)
SE90C Spice/Cosworth Group C GTP. Ran at LeMans. Genuine period correct Chassis #11
Built and raced by Spice Engineering England in World Sports Prototype including LeMans. Engine Ford Cosworth DFR 3.5 L, Hewland 5 speed transmission, Motec Dash, Air Jacks, 2 sets of wheels. Many spares including uprights, wheel nuts, roter hats, and a spreadsheet more. Custom muffler system gets sound to 103 with little loss in HP.
Engine has 1 hour since complete Bob Slade rebuild. Engine was removed after the hour, inspected and run on the dyno by Bob. It has not been run since last inspected by Bob Slade. Transmission rebuilt, new radiator, meticulously maintained by Cerini Motorsports, Sonoma California.
Raced at Laguna Seca, Sonoma, and Thunderhill. Has SCCA logbook. Excellent car for Masters Historic Racing series. Race in Laguna Seca Reunion, HSR, SVRA, or?? Available for inspection at Cerini Motorsports, Sonoma Raceway, Sonoma California.
History Car #21:
· 1990 Built and campaigned by Spice Engineering. Raced in the following:
o LeMans, Driven by Femin Velez, Tim Harvey, Chris Hodgetts
o World Sports Protype Championship Monza. Driven by Fermin Velez, Bernard Jourdain1991
· Sold to Bernard de Dryver
· 1992 Raced in the following:
o LeMans, Driven by Luigi Taverna, Alessandro Gini, John Sheldon
o FIA Sportscar World Championship @ Monza, Driven by Luigi Taverna, Alessandro Gini
o FIA Sportscar World Championship @ Silverstone, Driven by Luigi Taverna, Alessandro Gini
o FIA Sportscar World Championship @ Donington, Driven by Luigi Taverna, Alessandro Gini
Spice Chassis Background
Already an accomplished and hugely successful driver, Gordon Spice established Spice Engineering in the early
1980s. Initially, the Silverstone based company focused on preparing and developing existing sports racers. In addition to the cars headed Stateside, Spice also fielded Group C2 variants in the World Championship with great success.
Designed to be very versatile, it could be used on both sides of the Atlantic, as a Group C, Group C2, GTP or GTP Lights depending on the engine fitted. For Group C and Group C2, the cars were most commonly equipped with a choice of Ford Cosworth engines, most commonly the 3.2-litre DFL or the 3.5-litre DFZ.
Built around an aluminum monocoque chassis designed by Graham Humphrey and constructed by specialists B.S. Fabrications. Suspension was by double wishbones on all four corners with the in-board springs and dampers at the rear actuated by rockers.
The works cars, one of which was piloted by Gordon Spice himself and Ray Bellm, absolutely dominated the Group C2 class. The Cosworth-engined Spice won 10 of the 11 rounds, including a class win in the 24 Hours of Le Mans for Spice, Bellm and Pierre de Thoisy. At the end of the year, Spice and Bellm were World Champions, which was Spice's fourth consecutive drivers' title in the Group C2 class.
A change in the Group C regulations, which included a low minimum weight for naturally aspirated 3.5-litre engined cars, made the C1 class a viable option for Spice from 1989 onwards. Accordingly, the evolutionary SE89C was offered as a C2 but also as a C1 with a F1-derived Ford Cosworth DFZ V8.
New cars were built for the 1990 season, once again followed the same lines as the Spices built the previous two years. Spice Between 1986 and 1992, this specialist manufacturer had produced over three dozen Group C and GTP cars, a number only matched by Porsche. Especially in the Group C2 class, the nimble machines were in a league of their own. Many of the surviving cars are still raced with great verve in historic events.
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