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    For Sale 1978 FF Royale RP24 FOR SALE

    Designed in 1976-77 for the 77 season by Rory Byrne, the RP24 was a major step forward in the state of the art of Formula Ford, with a front suspension design similar to the Formula 1 cars of the day. Byrne’s design intent was clean airflow to the side radiators, low center of gravity, and ease of race day repair in case of a shunt. For example, the upper control/rocker is located on replaceable fabricated sub-members.
    The unique engineering of the RP24 also includes a higher frame chassis section and additional elements inside the pods providing for better triangulation on a larger cross-section, providing increased torsional rigidity and greater driver safety. The gearbox is a stress member of the car with easily replaceable fabricated sub-member components that carry the rear suspension allowing for quick at track replacement if necessary. The eloquent engineering continues to the motor mounts, fabricated uprights, anti-roll bars, and throughout the chassis design.
    In period the RP24 claimed 11 Formula Ford Championships in Britain and Europe in the hands of such drivers as David Leslie and Trevor van Rooyen against drivers like Nigel Mansell in a Crossle 32F and Chico Serra in a Van Dieman RF77. While the RP24 success rate was not as high in the US SCCA as it was in Europe, there is little denying the RP24 is a very competitive FF then and today.

    The 1978 Royale RP24 offered here was acquired by the seller in 2013 in an on-line auction. It came with no history and no log book, but was advertised as ready to race. With a careful going over, and replacement of a few components, it was, in fact ready to race.The car has been campaigned with CVAR since then, and was last raced at Hallett Motor Racing Circuit in October of 2022. It has been well maintained, and conservatively driven. The engine was rebuilt in 2019, and has nine race weekends on it. The cylinder head was pulled and valves lapped in January of 2022. Belts and fire bottle are current. Last tech inspection was 2-11-2022.

    When purchased the car was fitted with an adjustable racing bucket seat which will come with the car. It is currently sporting a custom bead seat that fits a 6' 1" driver, and that will come with the car as well.
    The car comes with two complete sets of wheels, a selection of gears, and some spares including a nose and upper bodywork.
    The car is currently geared for Hallett. It has new brake pads front and rear, and fresh oil in the crankcase.

    $18,000 OBO
    Located in Dallas, TX
    Call 512-351-1322 for more info (if no answer, leave voicemail)

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    Always loved the look of that model Royale!!!

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    Just checking in to see if this car is still available…?

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    I’ve always admired this design, but Royale sure did some odd engineering on that model (especially in the rear suspension brackets)
    -John Allen
    Tacoma, WA
    '82 Royale RP31M
    (‘72 Royale RP16 stolen in 2022)

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    Ah, that’s the car I drove at the 50th at Road America.

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