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Small report on Vidar's 2009 Monte Carlo Rally

A picture of the engine bay of Vidar Christensen's 1303S.

The car was completed to FIA Appendix J specification for a Group 2 car, as the original Porsche Salzburg cars were.

He made the car for Monte Carlo use only, with no service car.

All parts on the car were brand new, the engine is 1600 cc with 125 hp, a close-ratio gearbox with a ZF 75% locking LSD, Bilstein shocks, a close-ratio steering rack and 250 mm rear brake drums.

He entered it in the 2004 Monte Carlo Historic rally under start number 11, where he and his co-driver Turid Christensen came 23rd overall.

The 2004 Rallye Monte Carlo Historique

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Vidar Christensen's 1303S

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Vidar Christensen's 1303S.

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Vidar Christensen's 1303S.

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Vidar Christensen's 1303S.

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Vidar Christensen's 1303S.

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Vidar Christensen's 1303S.

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Vidar Christensen's 1303S

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Vidar Christensen's 1303S.

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Vidar Christensen's 1303S.

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Vidar Christensen's 1303S.

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Vidar Christensen's 1303S.

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Vidar Christensen's 1303S.

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Vidar Christensen entered the 2004 London to Sydney rally in a Peugeot 306 S-16:

But he has decided that, for 2005, he'll be entering the Historic class.

The car he's working on, a 1302S has no rust - the body is almost like new!

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Vidar Christensen's 1302S as found

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All the bits that Vidar has collected for the new engine - all new parts: new engine case with 69 mm forged crank and flywheel, racing rods, Mahle forged 85.5 mm piston, Engle camshaft, Scat lifters, CB 044 performance heads, 1:1.25 performance rocker arms and shaft, 4-gear dry sump pump, 44 Weber IDF carburetors, Bosch 009 distributor.

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The engine partly assembled.

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The transmission: from VW 181/2 "Thing" or "Trekker" army type with HD case and original ZF LSD with 75% locking, American close ratio gear kit with hand-packed needle bearings on all 4 gears and welded 3rd and 4th gear hub, VW type 2 drive shafts and joints.

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The original ZF limited-slip differential.

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The engines nearing completion, including a spare for the Carrera Americana.

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Body painted

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Body painted.

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Body painted.

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Engine in.

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Rear view.

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Driver's view of the dash.

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Co-driver's view of the dash

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Dry-sump oil set-up, cooler and fuses.

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Satin body parts painted.

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Satin body parts painted.

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Next to the 2004 Monte Carlo black 1303S.

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'Marathon' wheels fitted.

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Rear compartment showing the dry sump oil cooling arrangement.

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Engine fully installed, with the BAS exhaust and SuperTrapp silencers.

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Digital XD-1 Air/Fuel Lambda display to assist in re-jetting the Webers when high in the Andes.

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FIA-spec extinguisher and 80-litre fuel tank fitted in the front.

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Driver's cockpit.

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Dry cell battery fitted behind the front seats.

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Home-made Bilstein coilover struts, German Beetle Cup brakes and master cylinder.

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More details of the BAS and SuperTrapp exhaust system.

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View from underneath the front suspension.

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Rear luggage area boxed in and floopan either side of tunnel covered.

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Inside the car, looking over the roll cage to the hydraulic parking brake.

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Close-up of the home-made Bilstein-based coil-over struts.

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Storage boxes for spare parts etc.

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Seats in place.

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The car is now prepared for the 8,500km rally over 3 weeks on gravel roads.

The close-ratio gearbox gives 80mph at 3000 rpm in 4th. Maximum speed is 160km/h (100mph) at 7000 rpm.

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The car is now prepared for the 8,500km rally over 3 weeks on gravel roads.

The close-ratio gearbox gives 80mph at 3000 rpm in 4th. Maximum speed is 160km/h (100mph) at 7000 rpm.

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The car is now prepared for the 8,500km rally over 3 weeks on gravel roads.

The close-ratio gearbox gives 80mph at 3000 rpm in 4th. Maximum speed is 160km/h (100mph) at 7000 rpm.

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The car is now prepared for the 8,500km rally over 3 weeks on gravel roads.

The close-ratio gearbox gives 80mph at 3000 rpm in 4th. Maximum speed is 160km/h (100mph) at 7000 rpm.

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Vidar Christensen's two 1303S cars

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Vidar's 1975 1303S, after 150 hours in the body shop.

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Vidar's 1975 1303S, after 150 hours in the body shop.

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Vidar's black 1302S from the Monte has now been re-sprayed.

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Vidar has been building up a new engine and gearbox at home in Norway, and has put up a thread about the build on the Norwegian Agder VW club website (here for the gearbox/diff & here for the engine)

Some teaser pics:

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Crankshaft and flywheel.

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Crankcase on the engine stand.

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Crankcase together.

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Transmission.

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Limited-slip differential.

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More information can be found on a separate page of this website here

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