Based on a 1968 Znopersk Z312 by NormanVauxhall
As 1968 Znopersk Z300 series ( Link ) facelift hit the market, Kraft Haus Technic marketing department, led by Viktor Kruger instantly saw potential in the unexploited market niche. At $9800 you could have a 1.2 liter i4 version or you could opt for the 2.5 v6 corsa, which was marginally more expensive at $16100. With no middle ground between the two, Kraft Haus Technik has quickly designed an upgrade for the base Z312 version, naming it Pescara, after a historic Italian GP circuit.
The design of the car was mostly left as original, only the front grille was changed to allow more airflow, extra cooling vents in the front and back, a lip and a small spoiler finishing the look of the car. The rear engined rear drive car got more efficient modifications under the skin. Wheels were replaced to wider ones, wrapped in medium compound sportier tires, now sporting 205mm rear and 165mm fronts. Brakes were upgraded with sportier brake pads, leaving the drums in place. A slightly stiffer springs and shocks, working together with new antiroll bars helped the handling gain more sportiness and composure compared to the original car, gearbox was left a standard 4 speed unit, now sporting a new clutch, to take more load.
The engine is where most of the engineering happened. First to go was the tiny restrictive eco carburettor, replaced by a 4 barrel unit and a performance intake. The camshaft gained a more aggressive profile, timing and fuelling were also changed, finished off with a RPM redline raised to 6000rpm. Ported and polished head, worked well with a thinner head gasket allowing for a small compression ratio raise, and a better flowing exhaust system was fitted for a bit of a rumble and to free yet more power from the tiny engine.
The Pescara was never sold as a complete car, rather like with the Communitasia, Z312 owners had to leave their cars for 2 weeks at Kraft Haus Technik. KHT also could ship all the needed parts and modification information to any European country so people outside Germany could take their car to a reputable garage and perform modifications on their own. In that case, however, Kraft Haus Technik did not supply the warranty to the finished car. The modifications raised a total cost of a 312 series to 12000, which was still $4000 cheaper than the extreme 2.5 Corsa, and still retained it’s 4 door body, for all your daily needs.
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