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2003 RILEY & SCOTT MKIIIC LMP900

 

  • Endurance Racing Legends Champion in 2022

  • The car to win Le Mans Classic and the Endurance Racing Legends Championship

  • American Le Mans Series, 24 Hours of Le Mans and the 1000 km of Le Mans in 2003

  • Prepared and maintained to the highest standard by ScottSport

  • Eligible for many historic races including Gulf Historic, Masters Endurance Legends, Daytona Classic, Endurance Racing Legends by Peter Auto and Le Mans Classic

ELIGIBILITY

TECHNICAL CHARACTERISTICS

ENDURANCE RACING LEGENDS by PETER AUTO

LE MANS CLASSIC

LE MANS 24 HOURS SUPPORT RACE

MASTERS ENDURANCE LEGENDS

GULF CLASSIC

MASTERS ENDURANCE LEGENDS USA

SEBRING CLASSIC 12 HOUR by HSR

DAYTONA CLASSIC 24 HOUR by HSR

ROLEX MONTEREY MOTORSPOSTS REUNION

Mark

RILEY & SCOTT

Model

MKIIIC LMP900

Year

2003

Chassis No.

005

Frame

STEEL AND CARBON

Body

CARBON

Steering

ADJUSTABLE POWER STEERING

Brakes

CARBON or STEEL (both are available)

Engine

ELAN 8 CYLINDERS 6 LITER Traction control

Power

620 HP. @ 6,700 RPM with the restrictors

Gearbox

XTRAC Sequential 6-speed with paddle shift

Weight

920 KG

The Riley & Scott MKIII C is the successor of the MKIII which was born in 1995 and which was the main competitor of the Ferrari 333 SP. The idea is not to evolve the MKIII but rather to create a brand new car using, of course, the experience accumulated during the design of the Cadillac Northstar LMP for General Motors in 2000.

The chassis is made of steel with carbon inserts. It is much stiffer than that of the MKIII: At the launch of the MKIIIC, Bill Riley indicated that it was 40% stiffer than that of the MKIII. Externally, there are major changes. In accordance with the LMP900 regulations, the roll bar no longer runs across the entire width of the cockpit, but is only present behind the driver. It is taken directly from the Northstar LMP. The front of the cockpit has also been redesigned, with an aerodynamic windscreen added immediately in front of the driver.

The front end is more plunging and rounded. The radiator inlets are designed to cover the entire width of the nose, while being thinner.

The front fenders are much less strict and straight, the front lights are redesigned and repositioned higher, to integrate four headlights (previously two). The airflow is much better managed, the aerodynamics are optimized and the MKIIIC benefits from much more downforce at high speed.

Mechanically, the MKIII C's transmission marks a clear improvement over the MKIII. A new 6-speed transmission (built by X-Trac) is present. A Megaline-developed pneumatic shift system activated by paddles behind the steering wheel (rather than a traditional shift lever) optimizes shifting. The motorization is entrusted to Elan which equips the very efficient Panoz. The brakes are now in carbon.

 

The MKIIIC has been studied and validated by Audi engineers 

Proof of the seriousness of the MKIII C project, Audi had spied on the American manufacturer. Indeed, a chassis had been recovered by the German manufacturer, which studied it in its own wind tunnel. By studying it in great detail, the Ingolstadt engineers saw that the Americans had done a good job. A competitor with potential, so much so that Audi was more than a little curious.  

 
Riley & Scott MKIIIC on the podium at the 24 Hours of Daytona and the 12 Hours of Sebring 

The results are not long in coming, in 2002 the chassis #04 entered by Riley & Scott finishes 2nd in the 24 Hours of Daytona and 3rd in the 12 Hours of Sebring. During the 24 Hours of Le Mans, it qualified in 16th position while running on Good Year tires, which was not at all a guarantee of speed as we will see the following year...

In total, five MKIII C were assembled. Only four were entered in competition, chassis 03 being the one used for the FIA crash test.

Chassis #05 proposed for sale and part of the Ascott Collection is the last chassis assembled by Riley & Scott and entered as an official car by Riley & Scott in 2003. 

 

Riley & Scott MKIII C #005 : the ultimate Riley & Scott MK3C

In 2003, Jim Matthews who was already racing the 2002 official car (chassis #04) is still the pillar of the official Riley & Scott team. The car will be entered in the American Le Mans Series (ALMS), and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. It was also entered in the only 1000 kilometers of Le Mans in September 2003, which initiated the Le Mans Series. Its last competitive outing was at the 2004 12 Hours of Sebring. A short career of one year.

This Riley & Scott MKIIIC was particularly noticed at the 2003 Le Mans 24 Hours. The team changed its tire supplier and it's now with Michelin that the official Riley & Scott presents itself in the Sarthe.

Marc Goossens set an exceptional time of 3'37.476 during the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The car is 7th on the grid, behind the Bentley Speed 8, the Audi R8 and a Dome S101. For comparison, the fastest Audi R8 (the #10 of Biela, Salo and McCarthy) is in 3'35''745. The Riley & Scott is less than two seconds behind the best Audi R8, a performance that does not go unnoticed since the Riley & Scott MKIII C is in the rhythm of the best LMP900 of the moment. Unfortunately, the engine broke during the race, forcing the team to retire.

 

The winning car of the Endurance Racing Legends LMP1B Championship in 2022

This Riley & Scott MKIIIC has proven since it started racing in historic races that it is a car to win. At its wheel Xavier Micheron, finished many times on the podium. Whether it is during the support race of the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2021, in Masters Endurance Legends or in Endurance Racing Legends, this car has always been in the lead cars. At the end of the 2022 season, it won the Endurance Racing Legends Championship in its class and overall.

Both easy to maintain and extremely well designed, it benefits from an excellent preparation by the ScottSport team and Lap Engineering.

This car has all the best equipment to go fast and have a lot of fun behind the wheel: A rigid chassis coupled with an efficient aerodynamic charge, a 620 horsepower engine controlled by a traction control, a sequential gearbox with paddle shift, adjustable power steering and carbon brakes if desired. 

This is a rare opportunity to buy a fantastic LMP900!

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