Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Living With Classics -

When Alex de Vries bought his 2CV to learn to drive in 15 years ago, no­body could have guessed what he’d do to it. ‘I bought it be­cause it was cheap to in­sure and run but now it’s used for hill­climb­ing, so it’s quite hard­core,’ he says. ‘How­ever, it’s still road-le­gal and I drive it all over the place, in­clud­ing to and from events. The sus­pen­sion is lower and 350 per cent stiffer, and it’s fit­ted with a BMW R1100 bike engine with elec­tronic fuel in­jec­tion that revs to 9500rpm in­stead of the stan­dard engine’s 6500rpm.

‘As a re­sult the gear­box has to be up­rated, I’ve fit­ted a Quaife lim­ited-slip dif­fer­en­tial and to re­move as much weight as pos­si­ble it’s got Lexan win­dows which make a use­ful dif­fer­ence. I’ve also re­moved the door stiff­en­ers to re­duce weight, but the six-point roll cage en­sures that the bodyshell re­mains rigid.’

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