Sard MC8 Road and MC8-R Race Cars....

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Sard MC8 Road and MC8-R Race Cars....

Post  d-peg on Tue Jul 12, 2011 5:28 am

(I'll tidy this up as i go)

Race Car

SARD (Sigma Advanced Research Development) Racing MC8-R

The SARD MC8R is a slightly lengthened Toyota MR2, with the V8 Lexus 1UZ-FE engine mounted longitudinally (plus two KKK turbochargers). Power output is about 600hp.

Sard MC8-R/Sard Co Ltd. (1995)
Frame: monoshell steel
Engine: V8 Lexus (1UZ-FE - 3968 cc) Heavily reworked. 2x KKK turbos
600 hp at 6100 rpm
506 ft/lb at 5000 rpm
Electronic Management EFI
Transmission: Hewland VGC with 6 Speeds

Weight: 1273kg
Wheelbase: 2.83m
Overall length: 4.50m
Width: 1.88m
Height: 1.08m (standard SW20 chassis height 1.24m)

Tires: Dunlop
Rims: Rays Volk 18" (13J rear, 9J front (est))

Brakes: Alcon
Top Speed: Over 264 km/h

France - Alain Ferté
United Kingdom - Kenny Acheson
Japan - Tomiko Yoshikawa

The "Do Co Mo" car #26 failed to finish in 1995, managing just 14 laps


Sard MC8-R/TEAM Menicon Sard (1996)
Frame: monoshell steel
Body: kevlar and carbon fiber:

V8 with 90deg standard Lexus R40 V-T in central position prepared by SARD
32 valves
2x turbos KKK
3968 cc
600hp at 7000 rpm
506ft/lb at 4000 rpm

Electronic management EFI
Transmission: March gearbox with 5 speeds

weight: 1061kg
Wheelbase: 2.79m
Overall length: 4.50m
Width: 1.88m

Tires: Dunlop
Rims: Volk Racing 18"

France - Alain Ferté
Italy - Mauro Martini
France - Pascal Fabre
(drivers differ depending on what site you read!)

Brakes: Alcon
Top Speed: Over 294 km/h

Team Menicon car #46 finished in 24th position in 1996, completing 256 laps. That year, the winning car of Joest Racin, a TWR Porsche WSC-95, completed 354 laps.

Other iterations....

The MC8-R's were further used in Suzuka 1000 and GTC with modified bodies in 1996 and 1997 but information remains very hard to find.

The existence of any remaining race-cars is unknown. You will note most of these later cars had "stock" SW20 mirrors...

The Road Car - Sard MC8

This very elusive animal was produce purely so that the race-car could compete. Hence only 1 was ever made for homologation rules... Information is very sketchy as to it's whereabouts but the last i had heard is that it had sold for over $90'000 USD to a private collector. How much of this is true i am unsure...! Though it is known that the road car had the same engine and gearbox as the 1995 race car. As far as i know, these are the only two pictures.....

Those paying close attention will note the standard SW20 mirrors on the first picture and the smaller "racing" syle mirrors on the larger one. Either way, it is still believed to be the same car.


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