Buy this ugly duckling and instantly become the coolest person in town
Group C was the epitome of endurance racing and indeed, manufacture vs. manufacturer action during the 1980's and early 1990's. Even though the party-pooper regulations stopped this type of hard-core and brutal prototype racing, it has still become one of the all-time great moments in Motorsport history.
And here we are, lucky enough to see that one of these era-raced Group C cars has hit the classifieds. Up this week is a 1983 Grid S2, a name of which you have never heard. Although you see Porsche written here and there in a banana yellow color, it isn't actually a Porsche. Instead, it is your typical obscure Le Mans racer not only looks a bit odd, but is indeed, a bit odd.
Grid Motor Racing was founded by two men in Britain who call themselves Giuseppe Rise and Ian Dawson, hence where the G.R.I.D name come from. Fitting, since they are a motorsport-focused company.
Underneath the Baby Blue and Banana Yellow exterior is your casual monoque chassis. This means that most of the structure comes from the outside of the car, which is made out of Fiberglass and featured the face of your average duck.
This is indeed so far so good as all of this is very common of the cars of this era. However, not everything was powered by the ruthless screamer that was the Porsche 3.2L flat-six. A very fast and very German power plant capable of pushing out a rather constipation-inducing 850-ish horsepower. This engine may sound familiar, as it is the same one that was used in the extremely successful Porsche that we all know, the 935.
As you can see from the picture above, it has a mid-mounted power plant giving near-perfect 50/50 weight distribution. And, it powers the rear wheels. And it has a 5-speed manual, which makes this car, if it were on the road, any car buffs wet dream.
When this thing competed at Le Mans in 1984, it contained a different, more striking and try-hard nose, which really didn't help it all that much. It was also red, which apparently isn't the case anymore.
Driving it in 1984 was the names of Dudley Wood, John Cooper, and Barry Robinson. Mini fans should be able to recognize that second name, as that is where the famous "John Cooper Works" edition name originates.
Sadly, it didn't finish its only Le Mans race due to a fuel-feeding issue ten laps in. However, it also raced in other IMSA and endurance races around the world, none proving to be successful. In fact, it's most-successful finish was at Brand Hatch in 1984 at a rather disappointing 11th place. So I guess now you are wondering why people are willing to spend hundreds of thousands on it? Don't worry; I was wondering the same thing.
Even though it wasn't all that successful then, it is still a very obscure and interesting piece of... thing. Today, it has been restored and appears to have been done professionally back to it's previous condition, apart from the interesting choice of colors.
And even if that isn't enough, because it raced a rocky 10 laps at Le Mans, it is eligible to race at Le Mans Historics and any vintage racing event you see fit. You might want to keep tabs on that fuel system before heading out.
This is a current Bring a Trailer auction based out of North Carolina, USA. So far, it has three days left and is at a staggering $200,000. So get those kidneys harvested as quick as you can, even if it is in your own house, because you are going to want this one. I know I do.