The Mk2 Ford Escort is a rally icon that is so popular around the world the cars trade for high prices. A British partnership is looking to build an Mk2 Ford Escort that is all-new from the ground up. The two companies are Great British Sports Cars and Motorsport Tools. The latter is an Mk2 bodyshell supplier.
The project is for a Group 4 rally car that will be tested to IVA requirement, making it legal for street use in the UK. Motorsport Tools has a single rolling chassis ready now that is waiting for its powertrain. That powertrain is a 2.5-liter Ford Duratec engine with ATR billet throttle bodies and a 6-speed Mazda gearbox.
The engine will produce well over 200 horsepower according to Carwyn Ellis of Motorsport Tools. The car will be a rear-wheel-drive beast with an Atlas axle, which is commonly chosen by Escort rally drivers. Brakes will be handled by AP calipers and suspension is ATR coil overs. The entire build is aimed at motorsports.
Buyers of the Mk2 Ford Escort reproduction will be able to add carpets to the car if they want to help keep the road noise down. A power steering kit will be offered for those who want it. All versions will have a roll cage and body strengthening as needed. Wheels are 13×8 Minilite alloy units tucked under sexy fender flares.
The builders say that the prototype is six months from completion and orders won’t be taken for customer cars until next year. Pricing is set at around £60,000 or about $76,000. That is a lot of cash, but for fans of the car wanting an original, the price is said to be about 20 percent less than a restored original. Sadly the car isn’t for the States. Brits take the Mk2 Escort so seriously that one fan built a scale model out of gold and silver.