PERANA: In the 1960's a South African named Basil Green contracted a deal with Ford to modify standard South African produced Fords of the time (Cortina, Capri, Escort, Granada and Sapphire) with larger engines (such as a modified four, a V6 in a four, and a V8 in a six, etc, as well as improving the suspensions), and sold them under the name Ford Perana on the South African. Very successful in motor sport, too. Former Superformance dealer Ron Rosen, was his sales Director at the time. The origin of this car was Jimmy Prices idea, and the car was conceived just more than a year ago. When Jimmy and his backers were looking for a name for the Z (for Zagato) One (they could not use Z1 because it belongs to BMW) they resurrected the Perana name with Basil Green's blessing.
ZAGATO: Zagato was established at the end of the World War I by Ugo Zagato, putting aircraft industry construction techniques to use in the expanding market for performance cars, and were advanced in design and became synonymous with light weight and excellent aerodynamics. Zagato has designed specialty cars since 1919 for Maserati, Alfa Romeo, Fiat, Lancia, Abarth, Ferrari, and Aston Martin. In addition to those cars that have been produced officially in small series, Zagato has also built exclusive one-offs and prototypes for other illustrious marques, such as Ford, Jaguar, MG, Rover, Volvo, Bristol, and Rolls-Royce. So the manufacturer of the Superformance cars now building for Zagato, places them in very respectable company.
PERANA Z-ONE SPECIFICATIONS:
General Data: Curb Weight - (2950 lbs), Weight Distribution - Front: 45% Rear: 55%, Wheelbase - (100"), Track - Front: (64") Rear: (62"), Length - (173.5"), Height - (48.5"), Width - (75.75")
Engine: Configuration - V8, All Aluminum, Fuel injected, Displacement - (376 cu in.), Power - (440 hp), Torque - (430 lb-ft), Max. rpm - 6600 rpm, Compression Ratio - 10.7: 1
Drive train: Gearbox - 6 speed manual, Differential - ZF Limited Slip, Wheels Perana / Zagato - Front: 18 x 10J Rear: 19 x 12J Tires - Michelin PS2 - Front: 275/35 ZR18 Rear: 345/30 ZR19
Chassis: Frame - Steel Tube Space Frame, Body - Vinyl-Ester/Glass Composite, Brakes - Front: (12.8") 2-piston sliding calipers Rear: (12.0") 1-piston sliding calipers, Assist type - Vacuum, Steering - ZF Power Assist
Suspension: Front: Unequal Length A-arms, Eibach springs, Bilstein shocks, Anti-roll bar, - Rear: Unequal length A-arms, Eibach springs, Bilstein shocks, Anti-roll bar
Fuel Capacity - (22.5 gal)
Performance: 0 - 100km/h - sub 4 secs., 0 - 160km/h - sub 10 secs., Braking - 38m
- photos, story and information provided by Ronnie Kruger