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FORD Escort MK1 RS1600 Group 2

Advert ID: 37168 SOLD


Advert Began: Jan 6, 2017, 13:08
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Description

Arguably one of the most successful competition cars ever, the MK1 Escort is an eternally familiar sight in competition livery. Often seen sideways on rally stages it was also an extremely capable race car in Group 2 form and in today’s historic racing scene they are a force to be reckoned with. Their sublime handling and power to weight ratio makes them well suited to most circuits, as over time the tracks of old have been forced to add more corners to slow the overall pace, and as such the power card doesn’t always play like it did in period!

As it still is today; the UK was the hub for the competition preparation and parts supply of the Escorts but they competed globally in national and continental championships. Perhaps the most familiar examples seen in Germany at the time were those of the Hamburg-based Wooding team; finished in the distinctive gold and black colour scheme and sponsored by Texaco, they ran with great success during the 1971 and 1972 DRM seasons. Taking a theme previously explored and exploited by the Alan Mann Racing Team, the Wooding cars (for 1972 anyway) ran a bespoke torsion bar rear suspension setup that was custom fabricated by marque legend Mo Gomm. Without doubt the fastest of the German Escorts were those prepared by Wooding and Zakspeed thus most of the Division 2 contests were shared between both teams respectively. Unfortunately the Wooding Team disbanded in 1973 and their cars, this being one of them, went onto pastures new.

The car we offer for sale here was purchased by the current owner in 2013 from German Ford collector Helmut Stein. He had owned the car since the early 1990s when purchased from former Alfa racer and (then) Ferrari main Agent Fritz Neuser who himself had owned the car for some time prior. On file is an Austrian Wagonpass copy from 1983 denoting the then owner as Robert Pucher from Feldkirsch, the photo on the document is of the car still in Wooding livery.

When purchased in 2013 from Stein, the car was in sound condition. It had enjoyed a second career in hillclimbing and received modifications to the floorpan, gearbox tunnel and front bulkhead in order to optimise weight distribution and benefit from a flex in regulations. Crucially though it still retained its important Gomm torsion bar rear end setup and thus was an ideal candidate for a sympathetic restoration back into Team Wooding Group 2 form for use in historic racing.

The job was entrusted to Historic racecar specialists Simon Hadfield Motorsport who have since performed a thorough rebuild which was completed at the end of 2015. Outsourced (where needed) to relevant specialists, the car received new floorpans and bulkhead and an ‘Alan Mann’ specification 6-point bolt-in rollcage was custom made (this enables FIA homologation in both periods G and H). Once complete, the interior was repainted in satin black. Spartan otherwise, it received a new Recaro seat, Willans belts, ATL fuel cell and a plumbed in fire system. In addition to being re-plumbed throughout, the chassis’ consumables are effectively all new including wheel bearings, discs & bells (front), callipers rebuilt, struts were crack tested and the Bilstein shocks were rebuilt and dyno tested before being reinstated.

The engine, a 2 Litre alloy-blocked BDG running on Lucas mechanical fuel injection was built by Craig Beck Racing and has been dyno proven to produce a whopping 279bhp @ 8,750rpm, since build it has just 3.5hrs running time on it. This mates to a beautiful custom made manifold and 3 different exhaust options; side exit unsilenced and rear exit silenced, with 2 different silencer options depending on the noise requirements of a given circuit. The 5 Speed ZF gearbox was freshly rebuilt and has only 30 minutes since a refresh and is complimented by a new propshaft. The rear axle (4.6:1 ratio) has also been rebuilt with new halfshafts and crown-wheel and pinion and similarly has just 1.5hrs running time.

Sitting on a brand new set of custom made split rim alloys (with a spare front and rear also of same), it has one set of mag alloy Minilites with wet tyres and there is a bespoke flight case with running spares. Of note this includes a spare axle, alternator, starter, full electrical and ignition setup, fuel pumps and brake callipers to name a few.

When recently shaken down it was proven to run faster than a more powerful Group 2 RS2600 Capri and it is confidently believed the car would run at the thick end of the Peter Auto Heritage Touring Cup for which it is eligible. Of note, at a recent Donington shakedown test, former Wooding Team boss, Richard Newton was able to attend and sign it off accordingly. Accompanied by current FIA HTPs (issued in June 2016) this is a very well presented example ideal for next season. Offered for much less than initial purchase/ rebuild cost it is available to view by appointment.

Seller Info

Mark Donaldson Ltd

Member Since:
17 Sep 2015

Hartley Wintney , RG27 8RT

Phone: 44 1252 845818

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