collector Farouk Dangor
dates : 10th July 2005
16th July 2005
ultimate car collection you may want to include a
four-wheel-drive rally hatch, a hoodlum-racer par
excellence, the pride of German sports car engineering, and
every school boyís dream, a Ferrari 360 Modena. Welcome to
Klerksdorp and Farouk Dangorís personal choice.
And what better place to exercise your Escort Cosworth,
Skyline GTR, 911 GT3 and Ferrari 360 than the local
Speed is obviously in Faroukís blood. But why does one man
need so many supercars?
Escort Cosworth RS may not be Faroukís most valuable
car, but itís one of his most-prized possessions.
Imported from England, itís worth over R500 000.
Believe it or not, itís also one of the fastest cars
in Faroukís collection. These Cozzies enjoyed the
dubious accolade of being the most likely to be stolen
cars in England in the 1990s because of their
this one has go-faster buttons on the steering wheel
which make it an even more effective getaway car.
Those steering wheel buttons activate the nitrous
oxide kit to augment the potent two-litre turbo
engine. And this is a specially-prepped Cosworth
engine by BBR Racing in England.
Farouk says it makes 300 kiloWatts, thanks to a T3/T4
hybrid turbo, special cams and a Group-A cylinder
head. And thatís before a full dose of Nitrous is
Nissan Skyline GTR is the ultimate exhibitionist
machine. Its upright coupe bodywork belies an ability
that places it right up there with the likes of
Porsche and Ferrari, both in terms of handling and
And all these go-faster bits like wings and airdams
are backed up by one of the best four-wheel-drive
systems in the world.
also has a four-wheel-steering system, although the
rear wheels only counter-steer slightly to aid
traction in fast cornering. Braking is by Brembo,
generally acknowledged as the best system in the
There is nothing subtle about the GTR, yet
surprisingly its sub 5second 0-100, and 260
kilometres per hour performance comes from a very
basic straight-six, 2,6 litre, twin-turbo engine.
Porsche GT3 is all about grace and understatement. But
like the other cars in Faroukís collection, this is
one very special model.
It looks very much like a basic 911, but the GT3 was
designed for the ultimate enthusiast and weekend club
This is the 2005-spec model and is distinguished by a
re-designed rear wing, new front and rear bumpers and
re-shaped side skirts.
it has bare-bones racing bucket seats with slots for
racing harness seat belts. The naturally-aspirated
engine produces turbo-level power of around 300
enthusiasts rate the Ferrari 360 Modena as the best
ever in terms of its ability to be used on a daily
And yet it has the looks of a true exotic, from its
sand-shark nose to its truncated rear end.
The naturally aspirated 3,6 litre V8 engine is a joy
to behold, and even better to hear. Especially with
this factory-approved competition exhaust system.
360 Modena is fitted with the optional paddle shift F1
transmission. Earlier Modena models suffered from a
jerky gearchange but this system is close to
perfection Ė the changes are very fast and very
Finely-stitched, ventilated leather upholstery has
been a Ferrari trademark since the 308 model.
Of course, when driving a Ferrari hard you need to
know what you are doing. Farouk Dangor was one of
South Africaís top Touring Car racing drivers in the
1990s, and he also competed overseas for South Africa
So which car was fastest through the speed trap?
Amazingly, the Nissan Skyline GTR recorded 243
kilometres per hour over a kilometer, followed by the
Porsche at 240 and the Ferrari at 232 kilometres per
Thatís one for the books. Oh, and the Escort retired
injured after Farouk was a bit too enthusiastic with
that Nitrous bottle.
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