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When the tuning firms had a close look at what they thought to be a potentially very race-worthy engine, they found it wasn't going to be cheap to make it very much faster.
In developing the original Coventry-Climax engine for quantity production in a road car, Rootes restricted the valve and port sizes, and left little room for opening out.
Talbot Special Tuning department in Whitley still sold Imp competition parts in the early 1980s. The knowledgeable, friendly and avuncular chap behind the counter was none other than Tim Millington, who subsequently wrote the bible on tuning Imps.
Talbot Special Tuning were discontinuing competition parts of the Imp in 1984 or 1985.
Auto Performance of January 1983 mentions that Tim Millington was then Head of Special Tuning at Talbot Cars.
[source: Hot Car, 1968, April, p. 46-47]
|Imp Sport||Hartwell||Neal Davis||Nathan||Taurus|
|Conversion||-||Stage One||The 'Go Ahead' first stage|
|Modifications||2x Stromberg 1.25" CD carbs; 310 camshaft; special exhaust manifolding||twin Stromberg 1.25" CD carbs||twin choke Weber carb on special inlet manifold||Modded carb and cam, stronger valve springs, exhaust manifolding and silencer||
Modded head and cam; stronger valve springs, carb and exhaust manifolding
Valve sizes in the head are unaltered, but the porting is worked.
|Cost||(when new) £665||(as kit) £35||(as kit) £27 7s||(as kit) £38 15s||(as kit) £39|
|Top speed||88 mph||85 mph||83 mph||90 mph||89 mph|
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