In the late 1970s, German race-car designer Erich Zakowski cemented his relationship with Ford of Europe by building the 1978 and 1979 Zakspeed Ford Capris that broke BMW’s long-standing winning streak in the German Touring Car series. The success of this chassis and engine arrangement served as the impetus for building Mustangs that would contest the IMSA Camel GT racing series in the U.S. The new cars first appeared in 1981, using the race-proven 1.7-liter inline four-cylinder engine with dual overhead cams, fuel injection and turbocharging, producing 640 horsepower. This early example was painted in the series sponsor’s colors and was used extensively for promotion.
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