- Linthium Reign
Ah yes, one of many ‘Turbo Bricks’ from the same company with arguably the strongest pursuit for vehicle safety on the planet.
The 242 Turbo Evolution like already mentioned is a homologation special, a homologation special from the 80’s.
Already it’s looking good out the gate.
Not literally though as it’s design isn’t exactly striking, ditch the rear wing and unless you know what to look for, you could mistake it for just an ordinary 242.
But with 225hp on tap it’s no ordinary 242, this one was built for Group A Touring Car racing.
Annnd this is where things get rather interesting.
Those 500 cars that were made? They didn’t come off the production line as Evolution models.
Instead, 500 cars in America were retrofitted with the Evolution Kit and once the FIA in the USA approved it for Homologation, they removed the Evolution Kit except for the intercooler.
I’ll leave a link to the Turbobricks forum where it goes into slightly more detail about it.
History of the 240T FIA Evolution Cars performance & modifications
‘Now now Vic’, you might be thinking, Anyone can say things on forums and pass it as fact, just go anywhere where politics are involved.
Why you may ask, Should I believe the user who wrote that first post?
To which I reply, note the users name and location and then look at this.
Notice the name of the driver and his nationality, plus his hands on knowledge of the 242?
And then consider that on the first link and further down the thread, it’s confirmed that user is the actual person that username uses.
Basically, he’s well informed on matters regarding the 242 Evo’s.
Now that I’ve hit my quota on COTW Deep Dives (What i’m calling it when I come across cars with interesting stories.), back to the 242 Evo in Mexico.
Slightly loose tail on the dirt, gearings a tiny bit long, but not a deal breaker for the power and it’s not too expensive for a Homologation special.
And it’s a Volvo, so it’s built like a tank and will be reliable.
It might pick safety over style, but that’s what makes old Volvos deceptively good Sleepers. 😉👍