1987 Vauxhall Carlton TS6000

In 1987, this potent Vauxhall was prepared by Dave Cook Racing for the Thundersaloon Championships. It was owned by GM Dealersport for drivers John Cleland and Vince Woodman.

The car was prepared in advance of the new Carlton’s release. Cleland used his Vauxhall dealership connections to work together with GM UK and produce the new Thundersaloon competitor.

Under the rules, almost anything could be fitted as long as they stuck to the basic Carlton bodyshape. GM styling studio revised the bodywork with Kevlar panels over a genuine Carlton body.

The V8 engine is thoroughly revised to produce 570 bhp at 7000 rpm through the use of fuel injection and Bosch electronics. It uses Cosworth pistons, Carillo connecting rods and a BRC steel crankshaft.

Inside the car is completely gutted with a simple dashboard, minimal gauges, Sabelt 6 point harness and an OMP seat. Unique to the car is a rear axle gauge and switch to send cooling.

Throughout the 1987 test season the car won four times and placed third in the championship. This promising first year led to winning the 1988 championship outright.

In Detail

typeRacing Car
built atEngland
body stylistGM Styling Studio
coachbuilderDave Cook Racing
engineersBill Cleland
price £/td>£47,000
engineChevrolet Sports V8
positionFront, Longitudinal
block materialAluminum
fuel feedHillborn Fuel Injection
displacement6000 cc / 366.14 in³
bore101.60 mm / 4 in
stroke88.39 mm / 3.48 in
power425.0 kw / 570 bhp @ 7000 rpm
specific output95.0 bhp per litre
bhp/weight495.65 bhp per tonne
torque650.8 nm / 480 ft lbs @ 4000 rpm
body / frameKevlar Body Panels over Steel Monocoque
driven wheelsRWD
wheel typeBBS
front brakesVentilated Discs
rear brakesVentilated Discs
front wheelsF 43.2 x 27.9 cm / 17 x 11 in
rear wheelsR 48.3 x 38.1 cm / 19 x 15 in
f suspensionMacPherson Strut w/Bilstein Dampers
r suspensionFord Live Axle w/Bilstein Dampers, Anti-
curb weight1150 kg / 2536 lbs
transmissionXtrac 5-Speed
tran clutchTriple Plate
top speed~270.31 kph / 168 mph
0 – 60 mph~4.3 seconds
0 – 100 mph~8.0 seconds