Ken Block Makes Smoke With his Ford Escort

Ken Block 1978 Ford Escort with a 2.5 L Millington Diamond Series II inline-four

Ken Block stopped by The Hoonigans to show off his 1978 Ford Escort MK2 he originally purchased for tarmac events but eventually built for a Gymkhana. Under the hood sits a 2.5 L Millington Diamond Series II inline-four that produces 333 horsepower to the rear wheels and has a 9,000 rpm redline. Listen as Ken … Read more

Escort RSR with a Hayabusa V8

Escort RSR with a Radical 2.8 L V8

This Ford Escort might seem like a modified original but it’s a custom race car built by SHP Engineering. It starts with a fiberglass body and space frame chassis SHP Engineering calls an Escort RSR. The owner Lloyd Wright races the 700 kg (1,543 lb) car in Time Attack. However what really sets this apart … Read more

Ford Escort with a SR20DET

Ford Escort with a SR20DET inline-four

This Ford Escort Mk1 was built for a lucky customer by Classic Ford Thailand. The small factory Crossflow inline-four was replaced by a turbocharged 2.0 L SR20DET inline-four. The increase in power is at least double and could be as much as four times depending on the original engine size. Power goes through a Nissan … Read more

Ford Escort with a Turbo Hayabusa Engine

Ford Escort with a turbocharged Hayabusa engine

This Ford Escort Mk1 was built by Joni Hiipakka and his Dragon Racing Team in Finland. Power comes from a 1370 cc inline-four from a first generation Suzuki Hayabusa. The engine makes 363 horsepower and 280 Nm (206.5 lb-ft) of torque thanks to a Holset HX35 turbocharger on 14 psi of boost and E85 fuel. … Read more

Ford Escort Wagon with a 2JZ Update

Ford Escort Van with a 2JZ-GTE inline-six

Mark Murphy has continued to upgrade his wild Ford Mk1 Escort Van from his home in Thailand. If you are unfamiliar with this project Mark purchased the Escort Van to build into a drift machine. Under the hood he installed a 3.0 L Toyota 2JZ-GTE connected to a R154 five-speed transmission. There have been plenty … Read more