Someone Built A Brand New Ford Escort Mk 1 Race Car

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But only if you have plenty of cash.

There are tons of cars produced by Ford that we Americans never got to enjoy. Machines like the Ford Escort and all the ensuing Cosworth versions are good examples. These little rear-wheel-drive demons tore up tracks across the globe, and despite the fact that the overwhelming majority of Ford motorsport vehicles raced in the US, Ford fans in the States always consider the Mk 1 Escort to be a Euro-centric holy grail car. This "brand new" Mk 1 rally car is one of the cleanest we've ever seen, despite the fact that it's not technically an Escort, or even a Ford. This car is built by MST in North Wales, UK, and is fabricated from the bottom up.

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MST offers the MK1 Escort in four different flavors, namely fast road touring, fast road and track, group 4 rally car, and ultimate rally car. These cars are basically brand new and feature entirely new powertrains, suspension setups, and more. The car pictured is a fast road and track/group 4 rally car and gets exterior features such as flared wheel arches, 13-inch minilite wheels, and a wild orange-and-red paint color. The suspension features Bilstein Group-4 coilover dampers, modular fully adjustable suspension (camber-, castor-, and height-adjustable), and lightweight alloy hubs in the front, while the rear gets a six-linked fully adjustable live axle. Braking is taken care of by AP Racing four-pot alloy calipers with 267-millimeter vented discs in the front and AP Racing single-piston calipers with 247-mm solid discs in the rear.

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Under the hood, these little beasts come with a 2.5-liter Ford Duratec four-cylinder engine with ATR throttle bodies, a lightweight flywheel, a racing exhaust system, a hand-made alloy radiator, and a lightweight wet sump. This setup produces around 200 horsepower, but MST also offers a 2.0-liter BDG engine with 230 horses or a 2.5-liter Millington Diamond engine with 300 hp. Fueling is taken care of by ATR billet alloy fuel injection throttle bodies, an alloy fuel cell located in the trunk, and lightweight motorsport spec fuel systems are controlled by a Life Racing ECU with various preset maps that offer full data logging. Power is sent to the rear wheels via a five- or six-speed H-pattern close-ratio transmission and Atlas axles with a plated limited-slip differential, heavy-duty half shafts, and a low-ratio final drive. You're looking at around $135,000 for one of these special creations. You can almost buy two Ford Mustang Shelby GT500s for that money. We know which we'd rather have...

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