Ford Escort MK1 GP4 Steel Pinto built by Bob Dowen Rally Services
Slideshow of MK1 Ford Escort GP4, left-hand drive prepared for MR. Hajo
Ratjen of Germany. We picked up the donor car from Gent in Belgium.
Stripped car to bare shell. Fabricated, welded to GP4 standard. It is
dry-sumped has Goodrich fittings, Vulcan 2.0 steel pinto engine. Safety
Device roll-cage. Historic spec. Every fitted is brand new with no expense
Ford Escort Mk II and Mikko Hirvonen
this is classic rally car. in that old days rallying was: doors on front.
sideways. yes it is shame that modern WRC hasnt RWD cars. i read that once
on the champ, legend driver François Delecou, want to drive in his
Porsche and HQ of that champ, didnt know where that car put, which class.
hes talking about http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LRvcobW-LN4&feature=fvw
1970 Ford Escort RS1600 - Fast and Furious 6 Cars
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Think of it as a '69 Camaro for blokes. It's the Ford
Escort RS1600: a simple little car shoved full of the best engine Ford and
Cosworth could devise. It's England's half-pint muscle car, but it's not
that muscular. And it has a flying, memorable turn in Fast & Furious 6 with
Brian O'Conner (Paul Walker) at the wheel. It's the sort of appearance that
only adds to the car's legend. Even though no one on this side of the
Atlantic knows that legend at all.
Introduced in 1968, the Escort was Ford's European small car. Back before
front-drive orthodoxy crushed the life out of all things, it was a
rear-driver built around a few pieces of bent metal pretending to be a
unibody chassis, a pair of MacPherson struts up front and a solid rear axle
on leaf springs in back. Most of them came with microscopic four-cylinder,
overhead-valve engines of 1.1- or 1.3-liter displacement. These were
low-compression, low-horsepower engines and you
could personally produce more torque than those engines did using only your
Ordinary? In its day the Escort was more common in England than crumpets or
cricket. Pedestrians would walk into them because they were so easy to
overlook. It made British Leyland's crap look like exotic delicacies.
But then there was the RS...
The Greatness of an Engine
As ridiculously primitive as the Ford Escort was, its small size made it
nimble and its simplicity meant it was rugged. That was enough, in the days
before the Group B insanity of the 1980s brought along turbochargers and all-wheel drive, to form the
foundation for a good rally car. All the Escort needed was power.
In the 1970 Ford Escort RS1600 that power comes from the Cosworth-designed,
1.6-liter twincam 16-valve BDA four-cylinder engine. Released in 1969 and
based on Ford's iron "Kent" block, the BDA featured Ford's first four-valve
combustion chambers and transformed the sleepy 1970 Escort into a robust
athlete prepped to take on rallying. Even with its dual side-draft Weber
carbs, the BDA only made about 113 horsepower. But the Escort
weighed less than 1,800 pounds, and that gave it a power-to-weight ratio
similar to that of the era's nominally more powerful sports cars.
Almost immediately, the blister-fendered Escort RS1600 and its close
relatives (including the Mexico and RS2000) began racking up victories
across the rallying world. And almost immediately, it became a symbol of
what Britain still did well: build great racing engines and tune the hell
out of small cars.
Five for Furious Six
Fast & Furious may be an American production, but it's an international
hit. The appeal of the 1970 Ford Escort RS1600, though it was never sold in
North America, is to that worldwide audience that appreciates Charger
Daytonas and Mustangs, but
loves the stuff they grew up with as well.
So the production bought five of the right-hand-drive RS1600s in Great
Britain and completely rebuilt them in a British shop. That meant tearing
the Escorts down to the bare shells and building them back up again. The
engines were rebuilt, new five-speed manual transmissions went in behind
them, new roll cages were fitted and each car was equipped with a pair of
racing seats. The standard instrumentation was ditched in favor of black
panels with Revotec gauges. Forget an ignition key. It's been replaced by a
battery connector plug and individual switches for the fuel pump and
Sitting on 13-by-7-inch Compomotive Minilite-like bladed wheels and painted
up in classic blue and white, this is a great-looking little car. The
205/60R13 Federal Super Steel 595 tires fill out the wheelwells, and all
the connectors, mud flaps and tie-down springs look perfectly 1970-spec.
This is a badass little car.
Turn everything on, hit the start button and this twerp growls to life. It
sounds as if it's ready to run away and win the London to Mexico rally. And
during a short drive around Dennis McCarthy's shop near the Burbank
Airport, it drove great. It was raw and a little beastly, but great.
But this RS1600's role in Fast & Furious 6 included a massive jump across a
highway divider in the Canary Islands. And no matter how well the Escort
seems to handle the epic leap in the film, in reality that's murder to any
So the two Ford Escort RS1600s that performed the big jump were destroyed.
The first, reports McCarthy, wound up on its roof. And the second landed on
its wheels but its structure was pretzeled up nasty.
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