European Touring Car
Championship 1983

In 1983, things started to tighten up a bit. BMW and Jaguar would battle in division 3, Alfa Romeo's only challenger in division 2 was a fast but lonely BMW 323, division 1 should be the victim of the Belgian RAS VW team, although some other competitors would compete the full season as well.

Like 1982, BMW Motorsport and Eggenberger, developed a BMW, this time the 635i, which probably to the astonishment of BMW itself, was homologated in group A. Still, the car was not as powerfull as the Jaguar, but lighter, and it used less fuel.

The Jaguar was developed further, still a bit fragile but very fast. The battle with BMW was not only on tarmac, but at the green table as well; BMW and Jaguar issued protests, the BMW was accused of beeing too wide, the Jaguar's wheel arches were too wide at the inside. The protests were rejected, in case of the Jaguar a VIP version was discovered in the homologation papers. TWR-Rover was later accused of the same trick. This time, the cars were versions for the tropics. TWR = Third World Racing?

The season was even more exciting as 1982. The drivers' crown was contested up to the last race, where Quester's 4th place was enough to secure the championship. Alfa Romeo beat VW in the manufacturer's championship.

Some newcomers, not very impressive in 1983, were the Volvo 240 Turbo (we will hear more from them!) and the Ford Mustang, a car with less future. A more impressice car was the Rover Vitesse, a touring car with 4 doors!


The cars of 1983


Alfa Romeo Alfetta GTV/6 Autolodi
Engine Alfa Romeo V6
Bore and stroke 88,0 x 68,3
Size 2491 cc
Cams 2 OHC
Valves per cilinder 2
Power
Details fuel injection
Transmission Alfa Romeo 5-speed
Weight
Brakes f/r disc / disc
Wheels f/r
Tyres Pirelli

BMW 635 CSi Works kit/Schnitzer
Engine Alpina-BMW 6 in line
Bore and stroke 92,6 x 86,0
Size 3475 cc
Cams 1 OHC
Valves per cilinder 2
Power 285 HP/6800
Details Bosch fuel injection
Transmission Getrag 5-speed
Weight 1185 kg
Brakes f/r disc / disc
Wheels f/r 11 x 16 / 11 x 16
Tyres Dunlop

BMW 635i Works kit/Hartge
Engine Schrick-BMW 6 in line
Bore and stroke 92,6 x 86,0
Size 3475 cc
Cams 1 OHC
Valves per cilinder 2
Power 308 HP/
Details Bosch fuel injection
Transmission Getrag 5-speed
Weight 1185
Brakes f/r disc / disc
Wheels f/r
Tyres Pirelli

Jaguar XJ-S TWR
Engine Jaguar V12
Bore and stroke 90,0 x 70,0
Size 5343 cc
Cams 2 OHC
Valves per cilinder 2
Power 400 HP/7000
Details Bosch/Lucas fuel injection
Transmission Jaguar 4-speed, later 5-speed
Weight 1410 kg
Brakes f/r disc / disc
Wheels f/r 10 x 16 /13 x 16
Tyres Dunlop

Rover Vitesse TWR
Engine Rover V8
Bore and stroke 89,4 x 71,1
Size 3532 cc
Cams 1 OHV
Valves per cilinder 2
Power 280 HP/6800
Details Lucas fuel injection
Transmission Getrag 5-speed
Weight 1125 kg
Brakes f/r disc / disc
Wheels f/r
Tyres

Volvo 240 Turbo
Engine Volvo B21ET 4 in line
Bore and stroke 92,3 x 80,0
Size 2141 cc
Cams 1 OHC
Valves per cilinder 2
Power 307 HP/6000
Details 1 Garrett turbo
Transmission Getrag 5-speed
Weight 1100 kg
Brakes f/r disc / disc
Wheels f/r
Tyres Dunlop


Championship table

Drivers
Final classification
Points
Monza
Vallelunga
Donnington
Enna-Pergusa
Mugello
Brno
Zeltweg
Nürburgring
Salzburg
Spa
Silverstone
Zolder
1 Quester
181
29
21
21
(2)
(10)
21
-
29
16
21
10
13
2 Walkinshaw
168
21
-
10
29
16
29
29
-
29
-
2
3
3 Kelleners
156
7
29
-
21
29
-
-
21
13
-
7
29
Grano
156
7
29
-
21
29
-
-
21
13
-
7
29
5 Menage
144
15
12
20
12
20
-
20
15
20
10
-
-
Thibaut
144
15
12
20
12
20
-
20
15
20
10
-
-
7 Herregods
134
12
15
-
15
12
15
-
20
15
-
15
15
8 Stuck
125
10
7
16
13
13
16
16
(4)
21
-
-
13
9 Seikel
117
-
21
15
20
15
12
15
-
-
-
-
20
10 Brun
116
10
7
16
13
13
16
16
4
21
-
-
-
11 Heyer
109
16
-
21
2
10
21
-
-
-
29
10
-
12 Drovandi
107
-
-
-
16
-
-
10
-
20
21
20
20
13 Francia
100
-
-
20
22
20
20
-
12
-
-
6
-
Micangeli, Marco
100
-
-
20
22
20
20
-
12
-
-
6
-
15 Schörg
97
-
20
15
20
15
12
15
-
-
-
-
-

Manufacturers
Final classification Div.
Points
Monza
Vallelunga
Donington
Enna-Pergusa
Mugello
Brno
Zeltweg
Nürburgring
Salzburg
Spa
Silverstone
Zolder
1 Alfa Romeo 2
180
20
20
20
20
20
20
(15)
(15)
20
20
20
(20)
2 Volkswagen 1
175
20
15
20
15
20
20
20
20
20
(12)
(15)
(15)
3 BMW 3
165
20
20
15
15
20
15
(12)
20
(15)
20
(15)
20
4 Jaguar 3
142
15
12
20
20
12
20
20
-
20
-
(2)
3
5 Audi 1
133
-
20
15
20
15
12
15
(4)
6
-
10
20
6 Opel 2
64
12
-
-
10
4
12
6
20
-
-
-
-
7 Toyota 1
54
-
8
-
-
-
8
-
6
12
20
-
-
8 Mazda 2
47
-
-
8
-
10
4
-
-
-
10
-
-
9 Rover 3
34
-
-
2
-
-
-
-
-
-
12
20
-
10 Ford 2
33
-
-
-
-
-
-
6
3
4
-
20
-

 

Many thanx to Frank de Jong for the information! If you want more information go to Frank de Jong his website

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