Charlie Kemp Cobra II at Daytona in 1979. It could have done well, but lacked development.
FORD COBRA II
|Car :||FORD COBRA II
||Chassis : ||unknown
||Team : ||Kemp Motor Racing
||Drivers : ||Charlie Kemp-Carson Baird
|Engine ||A highly modified 351ci Cleveland powerplant was nestled in a tubular spaceframe. He chose this engine thanks to its power and strength It was equipped with a Kinsler timed fuel injection. Gapp and Roush built the engine, and were getting 70hp out of this engine. A smaller 302ci engine could be used for the shorter and slower tracks.
|Chassis||Bob Riley designed the streamlined body panels and the chassis. A rollcage reinforced the entire structure. The center of gravity was lowered thanks to a Frankland rear end. The suspension system was rather conventional with unequal length A-arms up front, and live rear axle and coil springs over shocks.
|Transmission||A Hurst-Schieffer clutch was coupled to a Ford road racing 4speed.
Charlie Kemp had the idea of building a highly modified Ford Cobra II, in order to end the imported cars' dominance in IMSA GT racing. Charlie Kemp would enter this car from 1976 thru 1981. It was designed to run in the AAGT category. The first race saw the car move in the GTX class, because it was so modified! The car was very fast but lacked consistence. Unfortunately, Ford would never back the project. Charlie Kemp didn't expect any help from Detroit, who had an anti racing policy. Sometimes, engineers would come by and check out the car's progress, but it was in the beginning. The car was clocked at 212mph at the Daytona Finale 1976, and finished second, which was its best result ever. Charlie Kemp's best result was a 7th place in 1977.The car was also intended to be marketed, but never got any commercial success. One or two replicas were found in Australia, however. He would still field the car in 1978 and 1979, but didn't meet any success. Eventually, Kemp had had enough of IMSA's resistance to his radical racer. He pulled the car out of racing in 1980, after an incident that really steamed him. The Cobra II he built qualified 20th, but IMSA said it wasn't fast enough in it's class, so it wasn't allowed to start (but a Ford-built Mustang didn't even qualify, and was allowed to start). Charlie Kemp wrapped up racing with the Cobra II after much static from the IMSA, mainly because he was an independent. However, the car showed up again in 1981, but did not start the race. It featured a new bodywork. Then, it would never be seen again.