1988 SPICE SE 88P – GROUP C2

While at the height of their success in the C2 category, from 1988 onwards Spice Engineering began producing models specifically for the American IMSA Championship. The Spice SE88P was born. The car was actually built from the SE87 chassis, but with modularity and major changes in mind, to turn it into a weapon to be used in all championships and all categories. Indeed, Spice Engineering and their boss Gordon Spice had always considered going in for the C1 too, but without giving up the C2. The SE88P was thus a car that was designed to evolve over time, as were all the cars built from 1985 onwards, based on the F1 experience of their designer Graham Humphrys.

During the winter of 1987/1988, the first SE88Ps were assembled at Silverstone. The SE88P # 002 chassis differed from the others in two ways. Firstly, it was the only one to be fitted with a Buick engine from the outset. Secondly, the car’s chassis was brought up to the standards of the IMSA championship “Lights” category, a sort of American C2 category, while the other cars (chassis # 001, # 003 and # 004) were in a GTP configuration, the IMSA’s “big” category). This resulted, in particular, in modifications made to the car’s weight.

For its debuts, the Spice SE88P # 002 lined up with a Buick V6 3 litre engine. It sported a body designed especially by Graham Humphrys, with a view to reducing drag and boosting the ground effect. This may be seen in particular by its less imposing cockpit and by an improvement in lateral airflow effects. In addition, the rear spoiler was no longer attached to the sides of the body, but to the centre, at the rear of the aluminium and honeycomb composite monocoque, with carbon fibre panels. The search for a better aerodynamic package was carried out above all with the Le Mans 24 Hours in mind. With the SE88, Spice Engineering was planning to break through the symbolic 350 kph barrier  – in 1987, a Spice SE87 was “flashed” at 349 kph!

It was the American Racing team S & L that gave the car its first outing and that entered it for most of its races throughout its career, from 1988 to 1991. In 1988, 1989 and 1990, the # 002 took part in the whole of the IMSA Championship, while in 1991, its season was cut short at the end of June after a final race at Watkins Glen. The car was damaged in a truck fire.

S & L (the initials of Scott Schubot and Linda Ludemann) entered their SE88P for its first race at the Daytona 24 Hours. They had discovered the “Lights” category the previous year, driving a Tiga GT285. In 1988, they hoped for better things, but failed to shine, either at Daytona or on any of the other circuits … and had to make do with places of honour, even if they had proved the speed of their thoroughbred. They always crossed the finishing line, but with no victory to show for it.

The situation was very different in 1989, and the duo created a sensation … and exploited the regulations down to their slightest detail. Scott Schubot won 8 out of 15 races! Linda Ludemann became the first woman to win a race in the category, at the West Palm Beach leg (a victory that she then went on to repeat at San Antonio, Topeka and Sears Point). She chalked up only 4 victories, compared with 8 for her teammate husband. Why? Because the Schubot / Ludemann duo were very clever! In 1989, IMSA introduced the obligation for all teams to enter two drivers, even for the “short” 3-hour races. It was a political decision, to help the teams who only stayed alive thanks to funding by gentlemen drivers. The only condition was that each driver should complete at least two laps of the race. That’s why Scott Shubot started every race, stamped his speed on it and gave full expression to the Spice’s power. If the race was neutralized, Schubot brought the car back to the pits. Linda Ludemann would then do two laps, make a new pit-stop … and promptly hand the wheel back over to Scott Schubot! The regulations didn’t specify whether the two mandatory laps were to be done under race conditions or not… The tandem took advantage of this to maximize Schubot’s race time, with Ludemann becoming simply an almost non-existent teammate. She was not credited with all the victories, since her race time was sometimes limited to just two laps, which wasn’t enough to score points. The strategy worked, handing the pair the title, although many observers thought the “trick” was unnecessary, such was the Spice SE88P’s agility and its engine’s power. Moreover, Linda Ludemann was not a bad driver at all, and could well have held her own in any case.

The team’s successes were so impressive that the Buick block was the obvious choice for other private teams who were entering Spice chassis-built cars. Even the parent company, Spice Engineering, chose a Buick engine for its official return to the “Lights” category in 1990.

After three seasons with S & L Racing (in 1988, 1989 and 1990), the Spice SE88P # 002 joined the Team Highball Racing and the Carlos Bobeda Racing teams. It kept its yellow livery, but the results were less flattering. There were no top 10s in its first races.

After being damaged in a truck fire in the summer of 1991, the car was no longer raced. It was the English Damax firm that took over the job of completely rebuilding the car, the work being completed in 2009 – with work done on the chassis, a new gearbox, new suspension and a new braking system. The result was a “new” Spice, which took to the track in 2010 for the race organized as the curtain-raiser to the Le Mans 24 Hours. It won, before taking part in other Group C events (Silverstone, Brands Hatch, Donington and Spa-Francorchamps).

Today, to be race-ready, the SE88P # 002 needs a new crack test and tank. It offers an excellent price/competitiveness ratio with a view to joining the highly prestigious Group C Racing series.

It is eligible for Group C Racing, allowing it in particular to line up on the starting-grid for such major events as the Spa Classic, the Dix Mille Tours du Castellet, the Daytona classic, the Sebring Classic and the Le Mans Classic.

The car may be inspected at our secure facilities in the Paris region.

Racing history:

31/01/1988 – Daytona 24 Hours – IMSA – 43rd – Miller / Ludemann / Schubot – (n ° 4)

28/02/1988 – Miami 3 Hours – IMSA – 17th – Schubot / Ludemann – (n ° 4)

19/03/1988 – Sebring 12 Hours – IMSA – 51st – Miller / Ludemann / Schubot – (n ° 4)

10/04/1988 – Road Atlanta 500 km – IMSA – 23rd – Schubot / Ludemann – (n ° 4)

24/04/1988 – West Palm Beach 3 Hours – IMSA – 18th – Schubot / Ludemann – (n ° 4)

30/05/1988 – Lime Rock 150 laps – IMSA – 15th – Schubot / Ludemann – (n ° 4)

05/06/1988 – Mid-Ohio 500 km – IMSA – 17th – Scott Schubot – (n ° 4)

03/07/1988 – Watkins Glen 500 km – IMSA – 21st – Schubot / Ludemann – (n ° 4)

17/07/1988 – Road America 500 km – IMSA – 39th – Schubot / Ludemann – (n ° 4)

31/07/1988 – Portland 300 km – IMSA – 11th – Scott Schubot – (n ° 4)

14/08/1988 – Sears Point 300 km – IMSA – 17th – Scott Schubot – (No. 4)

04/09/1988 – San Antonio 3 Hours – IMSA – 15th – Schubot / Ludemann – (n ° 4)

02/10/1988 – Columbus 300 km – IMSA – 23rd – Scott Schubot – (n ° 4)

05/02/1989 – Daytona 24 Hours – IMSA – 26th – Ludemann / Schubot / Williams – (n ° 4)

05/03/1989 – Miami 3 Hours – IMSA – 9th – Scott Schubot – (n ° 4)

18/03/1989 – Sebring 12 Hours – IMSA – 25th – Schubot / Blackaller / Ludemann – (n ° 4)

02/04/1989 – Road Atlanta 500 km – IMSA – 5th – Scott Schubot – (n ° 4)

23/04/1989 – West Palm Beach – IMSA – 8th – Schubot / Ludemann – (n ° 4)

29/05/1989 – Lime Rock 150 Laps – IMSA – 23rd – Schubot / Ludemann – (n ° 4)

04/06/1989 – Mid-Ohio 500 km – IMSA – 11th – Scott Schubot – (n ° 4)

02/07/1989 – Watkins Glen 500 km – IMSA – 14th – Schubot / Ludemann – (n ° 4)

16/07/1989 – Road America 500 km – IMSA – 13th – Scott Schubot – (n ° 4)

30/07/1989 – Portland 300 km – IMSA – 14th – Schubot / Ludemann – (n ° 4)

13/08/1989 – Topeka 300 km – IMSA – 10th – Schubot / Ludemann – (n ° 4)

03/09/1989 – San Antonio 2 Hours – IMSA – 6th – Schubot / Ludemann – (n ° 4)

10/09/1989 – Sears Point 300 km – IMSA – 11th – Schubot / Ludemann – (n ° 4)

01/10/1989 – Tampa 360 km – IMSA – 12th – Schubot / Ludemann – (n ° 4)

22/10/1989 – Del Mar 2 Hours – IMSA – 9th – Schubot / Ludemann – (n ° 4)

04/02/1990 – Daytona 24 Hours – IMSA – 17th – Schubot / Lopez / Ludemann – (n ° 4)

25/02/1990 – Miami GP – IMSA – 8th – Schubot / Ludemann – (n ° 4)

17/03/1990 – Sebring 12 Hours – IMSA – non-starter – Ludemann / Schubot – (n ° 4)

01/04/1990 – Road Atlanta 500 km – IMSA – 23rd – Schubot – (n ° 4)

22/04/1990 – West Palm Beach 3 Hours – IMSA – 17th – Schubot – (No. 4)

06/05/1990 – Topeka 300 km – IMSA – 10th – Schubot / Ludemann – (n ° 4)

28/05/1990 – Lime Rock 150 Laps – IMSA – 14th – Schubot / Ludemann – (n ° 4)

03/06/1990 – Mid-Ohio 500 km – IMSA – 12th – Schubot – (n ° 4)

15/07/1990 – Sears Point 300 km – IMSA – 14th – Schubot / Knott – (No. 4)

29/07/1990 – Portland 300 km – IMSA – 19th – Knott – (n ° 4)

19/08/1990 – Road America 500 km – IMSA – 13th – Knott / Pace – (n ° 4)

02/09/1990 – San Antonio 2 Hours – IMSA – 8th – Knott / Lopez – (No. 4)

30/09/1990 – Tampa – IMSA – 18th – Knott – (No. 4)

11/11/1990 – Del Mar – IMSA – 9th – Knott / Zwolsman – (n ° 4)

05/01/1991 – Daytona Test – IMSA – 12th – – (No 71)

03/02/1991 – Daytona 24 Hours – IMSA – entered / non-starter – Johnson / Shaw / Bacon – (n° 71)

16/03/1991 – Sebring 12 Hours – IMSA – 21st – Evans / Robinson / Bobeda – (No 18)

07/04/1991 – Miami 2 Hours – IMSA – 17th – Evans / Robinson – (No 18)

28/04/1991 – Road Atlanta 300 km – IMSA – 15th – Evans / Bobeda – (n ° 18)

05/05/1991 – Topeka 300 km – IMSA – 12th – Carlos Bobeda – (n ° 18)

02/06/1991 – Mid-Ohio 300 km – IMSA – 16th – Evans / Bobeda – (n ° 18)

30/06/1991 – Watkins Glen 500 km – IMSA – 12th – Evans / Fuller – (n ° 18)

Price available on request

Technical specifications

Make

Model

Year

Chassis number

Chassis

Body

Engine

Power

Gearbox

Weight

: SPICE

: SE88P

: 1988

: 002

: Aluminium unibody and honeycomb

: Kevlar Carbon Fibre

: Buick 4,5 litre

: 500 bhp @ 7,200 rpm

: Hewland 5 speeds

: 790 kg

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Year: 1988
Make: Spice
Model: SE88
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