they're effective. Breathing through an ITG filter and receiving
fuel via Pi injectors, the engine produces 260 bhp and 200 lb.ft
torque. This is aided by Kent Cams reprofiled by SB Developments,
which have solid lifters and Isky valve springs. Accralite pistons
help too, on the standard Cosworth forged rods and crank. This
car runs a 11.8:1 compression ratio, and produces a lovely roar
through its Exhaust By Design 2.75 inch bore exhaust system, helped
by an SB Developments carbon fibre silencer. All this works in
perfect harmony thanks to MBE956E management, programmed by SB
whole car is very comprehensively worked over, but Matt is proud
that it has been resprayed "the same Signal Yellow it left
the factory with". It didn't have Gartrac box arches back
then though, or Opel Manta 400-style bonnet cutouts. Nor did it
have Alcon four-pot front brakes.
suspension is about as good as Mk1 Escorts can get, being a six
link set-up at the rear. The front end uses tarmac-spec struts
with Bilstein inserts and heavy-duty 350lb springs. "It really
handles," Matt grins. It needs to, the boy has a lead foot
and has enjoyed 10 sprint events in it to date. His results card
show eight first places, one second and one fifth, a real endorsement
of the effort that has gone into creating this amazing Escort.
Oh,and his driving skills, of course.
not done yet, though. "I only took it for a little drive,"
he wails as the Escort limps off the test circuit. "It spent
all weekend at 9000 rpm too." The bottom end has failed him.
But Matt's resourceful and, as he winds the car onto its trailer,
he's already planning to turn misfortune into more horsepower.
"He was toying with going to2.4 litres. There's no way that
engine's going back in as a 2-litre now," his Dad says. Matt
fancies doing a full body restoration too, so the car will be
out of action for the rest of the season. But next year it's going
to be back, more mental than ever, but still Signal Yellow.