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Van Diemen RF86 FF2000


This historically significant Van Diemen RF86 has been the subject of a recent extensive rebuild and restoration. It is probably the nearest that you will find to a factory-spec car. The rebuilding includes:
- Zero-mileage Quicksilver engine, rebuilt by Toovey Race Engines in Cannock (Pinto specialist), dyno run, exhaust headers media-blasted & refinished, new stainless collector (JR Race Exhausts) & correct Ford Motorsport silencer
- Chassis stripped down, checked & old repairs rectified by Gerry Wainwright Motorsport, re-powder coated, new laser-cut panels fitted, new foam-filled tank (Alloy Racing Fabrications) with Mocal safety vent valve
- Original Hewland Mk9 gearbox stripped, cleaned & rebuilt with new seals, bearings checked, new splined input sleeve, selector fork & Hewland wing-mount rear cover
- Suspension re-nickel plated or replaced with new URS parts, new bearings & rod-ends, rebuilt rack, new rear sandwich plates
- New AVO adjustable dampers & springs (500lb/in front, 470lb/in rear)
- Braking system stripped, calipers media-blasted and refurbished with new seals, all new braided hoses, master cylinders ultrasonic cleaned and rebuilt with new seals
- New Raceparts brake balance assembly fitted
- New URS clutch slave assembly, master cylinder cleaned & rebuilt with new seals
- New alloy radiators & catch tank (Alloy Race Fabs)
- Raceparts electronic tacho & mechanical water temperature/oil pressure gauges
- New wiring harness throughout including slave battery connector & MSA rear light
- Original Compomotive Turbo wheels, centres media blasted, powder-coated gold, rebuilt/resealed
- Original front & rear wings (lower rear reskinned), new endplates 
- Original ‘Van Diemen’ Momo steering wheel
- All new lightweight URS bodywork in original Oxford Blue as per original spec, from Van Diemen factory moulds
- - New Sparco FIA 8853-2016 harness
Various spares including original factory Duckhams bodywork, cast Van Diemen sump, master cylinders, wishbones & rockers, etc. (see separate list)
- Paperwork, receipts, history including Van Diemen Heritage Certificate and letter from Paul Tracy confirming this was his car

-    Cockpit sides (used, original)
-    Engine cover (used, original)
-    Cockpit front (used, x2)
-    Nose (used/repaired, x2)
-    Engine lower panels (used, original)
-    Tail (used/repaired)
-    Radiator fairings (used, original – moulds NLA)
-    Girling master cylinders (1x 0.625”, 1x 0.700”, both rebuilt with new seals)
-    Clutch slave cylinder parts & seals
-    Van Diemen cast oil pan & fittings
-    Rear sandwich plates F&R (new, laser cut + used, various)
-    Front wishbones (2x new, 2x used)
-    Rear wishbones (3x used)
-    Front & rear rockers (1x right rear, 1x left front, both used)
-    Rear toe links x2
-    Rear lower crossmember (used)
-    Springs (460lb/in front, 420lb/in rear, original)
-    Upper steering column inc. quick-release boss
-    Compomotive turbo wheel centres x2 (refurbished, gold powder coat)
-    Radiators x2 (used, original)
-    Exhaust system, complete (used, original)
-    Exhaust tail pipe (US spec, no silencer, for fitted headers)
-    Front wing endplate x1, wing supports x2, nose reinforcement x1
-    Front wing high downforce extensions L/R (used, refurb)
-    Rear wing template (used)
-    Bosch blue coil (used, working) + other electrical/ignition parts
-    Sundry fittings, rod ends, etc (used)


-    Dimensioned drawings of front wing endplates & nose reinforcement, rear wing supports, exhaust heatshield, catch tank tray, suspension reducer bush
-    Wiring diagram


-    Basic suspension alignment performed, will require full alignment to suit tires
-    Fire extinguisher required to comply with local regulations


RF86 chassis 1113 was bought new from Van Diemen and raced by Paul Tracy in the 1986 Canadian Tire F2000 Series with backing from Rothmans cigarettes. Tracy went on to drive for Penske and Newman/Haas amongst others, winning the American Racing Series in 1997 and the CART/Champcar World Series in 2003.  The car was subsequently sold to the US where it ran in various regional championships. 

Following storage in California for a number of years, I bought the car in late 2017 and had it shipped back to the UK.

Keyword Search Terms:

FF2000, Formula Ford, Van Diemen, Historic


Item Location: Derbyshire
Seller: tlracing
Joined July 2006
  Tim Lawrence
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Country: United Kingdom
City: Ashbourne
Phone: 07730 536182
Condition Rebuilt
Trade or Private: Private
Price: £17,250
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Added: 15/03/2024
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