The XR4Register Profile - John McCallum
Ford Sierra XR4i (with a difference!!)
Photo Gallery for John's XR4i
I stumbled on this web site by web search and found it very good, the people
sound great and the cars look even better. I really wanted my car to be
featured on this site but wasn't sure as it was a Ford XR4i but with a twist.
I decided to send an email via the 'comments section' asking what they
thought of it. A reply from Bhav: 'More info, pics and give me a call!'.
The thought of a XR4i with a Jap engine would be a no no to some folk but
here was a crew obviously more twisted than my car!. A few more phone calls and some pictures later... the rest is 'History' as they would say....
The story starts when my friend Martin Robertson (who owns a breakers yard)
bought a 300 ZX TT (which had to be dismantled for insurance reasons) then an 1983 XR4i came into the yard with the engine blown, fate ?
We cut the front from an old Sierra taxi, fitted the Nissan engine to that
after making new cross-member and engine mounts. Then we fitted the engine and gearbox to the XR4i. It was in standard form till I stuffed it in the tyres at Knockhill. The body work needed to be sorted so it was then I decided to fit the combat kit with the cut down Thunder Saloon rear arches.
Most of the work was done at home in my garage with a lot of help from: Mad
Mac (Allan McLaren of McLaren Coach works), Martin Robertson (AA auto
breakers) and Colin Dickson of XS Motorsport.
Here is the spec:
300ZX Twin Turbo / Superchip ECU / Uprated actuators / 2 x Renault 5 alloy intercoolers / Land Rover Discovery oil cooler / Alloy crank pulley / Nismo flywheel
300ZX standard 5 speed with quickshift
Hybrid 300ZX + Cosworth
7 1/2 inch crown-wheel Granada Cosworth HD unit
Leda adjustable coilovers front with 500lbs springs and 4x4 std springs on
rear / Fully adjustable shocks all round / Poly-bushes (all round) with Nylon main beam bush rear / Adjustable track control arms / Adjustable torsion bars / BMW front anti-roll bar / Cosworth rear anti-roll bar / Modified Sierra 2.9 4x4 front strutbrace
Front: AP 4 pots with grooved and vented discs
Rear: Cosworth 4x4
300ZX downpipes / 'Cats' removed / 3" stainless Cosworth system
300ZX TT clocks / Boost gauge / Oil pressure gauge / Rev counter with shift light / 4 x bucket seats Corbeau with 4 x 3 point harness / Safety Devices rollcage
Full 'Combat' bodykit (for Sierra Sapphire) with cut down 'Thunder Saloon'
rear arches / Evo 6 bonnet vent / Door locks removed / Side repeaters removed / M3 style mirrors with side repeaters / Evo Mondeo boot spoiler / Quad conversions Front and rear lights
Wheels & Tyres
Front: 4 stud 17 x 8 Azev A with Dunlop D02J road legal race tyres
Rear: 5 stud 18 x 10 Azev A with 265 x 35 x 18 Dunlop and spare 15inch Wolf Race with D02J Race tyres for track use
None now, had full install but removed as of 4 years ago due to weight.
350-400 bhp (approx)
1/4 mile 11.37 sec (I have print out and trophy)
PS... more mods when time and money allows.
Click this link to see a Video of John Mc ZXR4i mastering the curves of the Nurburgring with the XR4 register crew at the Holland Weekender incorporating the European Ford Event
Last updated: 28.09.06
Owner: John McCallum
Mad: This car is too bizarre to list everything here.
Please see opposite for all the details.