The 1986 March Wildcat was the first of the “Indy Lights” cars. In 1986, the Series began as the “American Racing Series”, or “ARS”. It was renamed in 1991 as “Indy Lights.” The series was designed to be the feeder series for CART. It originally featured identical March 86 “Wildcat” chassis. These were derived from the March 85B Formula 3000 chassis, and were used in the series from 1986 through 1992. All were powered by Buick V6 engines.
This particular car, #201, was 1992 Indy Lights Champion Robbie Buhl’s car. It was run by the Leading Edge Racing Team of Indianapolis, Indiana, one of the most successful in all of Indy Lights racing.
The March Wildcat was recently restored and fitted with a pushrod Chevy built by Edelbrock. It produces 475 foot lbs. of torque and over 500 horsepower. The car still has its original Hewland gearbox. The remote air starter has been replaced by more user friendly push button on board starter. It has Penske shocks and blade style sway bars.
The car also comes with a considerable amount of spares, including a spare nose, front wing, a rear wing with triple elements, engine bay bodywork, three sets of mounted BBS wheels, and one set of Dymag wheels. It also comes with an extra set of speedway gears.
The car still retains its original CompUSA livery, and logos. It is probably finer in appearance now than when brand new. It is also a tremendous “bang for the buck,” with low, and inexpensive, maintenance, great reliability, and great fun behind the wheel!
Several of the photos show here are very large files, and may take a bit longer to load. However, they provide important detail as to the quality of the engine installation, and overall condition of the car.
Chassis Number: CART 201
Engine Number: N/A