1990 Ford Capri turbo question

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1990 Ford Capri turbo question

Post by gregted » Mon, 23 Jul 2012, 02:40

A bit off topic for this forum but someone here may be more familiar with these cars than me.

Just bought a 1990 ford capri convertible to convert to electric but it is in such good condition, I would like to keep it as my sons first car.

The problem is that he will be getting his licence soon and as a p plater he can't drive a car with a turbo.

So my question is can I disable the turbo somehow.
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Post by BigMouse » Mon, 23 Jul 2012, 05:40

Head over to http://forums.mightycarmods.com/forum.php and do a search there. It's been discussed many times (most people on that forum are P-platers). I don't remember what the consensus was, but it should come up in a search easily enough.

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Post by Faz » Mon, 23 Jul 2012, 21:57

Short answer: No
Long (expensive)answer : Yes, if you replace both intake and exhaust manifolds plus a bunch of other mods.

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Post by Johny » Mon, 23 Jul 2012, 22:07

Vicroads (Victoria) has changed their rules a little.

"Note: To clarify some recent reports, VicRoads has not lifted the ban on P Platers driving turbo cars. It has only been lifted for turbo powered vehicles with a power-to-mass ratio of less than 130 kilowatts per tonne, and the manufacturer has placed the power-to-mass ratio on the build plate. "

They also have a database but I haven't looked at it.
The Capri wasn't excessively powered so there may be an exception. I suggest you contact your RTA.

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Post by Johny » Mon, 23 Jul 2012, 22:10

I found more.

After 5 years of incompetence the Queensland government has finally seen the light and made some more exceptions to its overly strict P Plate laws, you may now be eligible to drive Moderately-powered turbocharged or supercharged vehicles under the following conditions

You may apply for a certificate of exemption if the vehicle you wish to drive meets all of the following:

• has a turbocharged or supercharged engine that is not diesel powered
• has a power-to-weight ratio of not more than 125kW/t
• does not have any other features of a high-powered vehicle as outlined above.
The power-to-weight ratio means the ratio (expressed in kilowatts per tonne) calculated by dividing the car’s maximum engine power in kilowatts by the kerb weight and multiplying the product of the division by 1000. For example, the power to weight ratio of a vehicle that has a maximum engine power of 195kW and a kerb weight of 1667kg would be calculated as follows: (195÷1667) × 1000 = 117kW/tonne

This means that many cars such as supercharged or turbocharged Mercedes, Audi’s and Volvo’s with great 4 and 5 star Ancap ratings are now available to P Plate drivers.

sauce: http://www.tmr.qld.gov.au/Licensing/Get ... icles.aspx


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Post by woody » Mon, 23 Jul 2012, 22:46

Doing the maths: (Numbers from carfolio

1.6 Turbo = 99.9kW
Kerb Weight = 1092kg.

99.9/1.092 = 91.5kW/tonne.

Apply Here (transport.qld.gov.au)

[Compare Cortina 1.2L: 36.2kW/0.82T = 44kW/tonne.]
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Post by Richo » Tue, 24 Jul 2012, 20:34

On a side note I doubt if fixes the problem of high kW/kg vehicles for P platers.

ie crap turbo'd car gets chipped, exhaust change, better filter an increase in boost and now is a legal death machine again.

It also doesn't stop a P plater driving the road in a SH*^ bucket at 70kph over the limit.

That's what the Darwin awards are for...

So the short answer is NO but the long answer is YES.
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