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MARCH 78 B

Project 32 of 40

British constructor March Engineering was founded in 1969 to provide chassis for customers competing in all racing categories and was very successful through the Seventies and Eighties. The name MARCH was chosen by using initials from the first or last names of its four founder members – Max Mosley, Alan Rees, Graham Coaker and Robin Herd.

In 1976, South Africa adopted Formula Atlantic as its premier racing formula and a number of March Atlantic-spec cars were imported by Lexington Racing. With Ian Scheckter as the lead driver, the team won the championship from 1976 to 79. Scheckter won the 1978 title driving this particular car, winning all four races.

The car is powered by a Ford 1,6-litre BDA engine fitted with twin side-draught Weber carburetors that help produce 164 kilowatts at a dizzy 10000 revs per minute. The gearbox is a Hewland five-speed and the 78B could reach 240 kilometres per hour depending on the gearing.

 

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

Year 1978
Country of Origin United Kingdom
Engine Type Twin OHC 160cc, 4 cylinders
Power Output 198 BHP or 164 kW
Transmission Type 5-speed Hewland FT200
Braking System disc brakes all round
Top speed 240 km/h ratio dependent

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