Exhibitor: Kim Harper
Engine: 2000cc BDG Cosworth alloy block, 2 x Weber DCOE 48 mm carburetors, Bosch electronic ignition.
Transmission: ZF 5 speed, AP racing twin plate clutch. Ford Fiera 8.5’ Limited Slip differential 5.1:1
Brakes: Front – AP Monte Carlo calipers with ventilated disks
Rear – AP homologated calipers on solid disks
Works AP Racing twin cylinder pedal box
Body: Fully seam welded and strengthened, FIA Multi Point Roll Cage. Full width and length sump guard
The Mark 1 RS1600 was originally fitted with the BDA engine.
The next evolution was the more powerful BDG engine which really came to fame the next year when the Mark 2 Escorts where released. The highest specs of these came in what is known as Group 4 specs.
A Mark 1 with a BDG is rare (although this is not an original car but a put-together) and they only came in Group 2 which makes this car eligible for our Post Historic category in rallying.
Recent competition history for this car: Completed 2 Alpine Rallies and finished as high as 4th is a Victorian club series rally.
Banner pic: Kim Harper and Chris Ellis in the RS1600 in the 2015 Alpine Rally