MST Mk1 video review: replica driven 50 years after historic RAC rally victory Car News

The MST Mk1 is not, legally or in name at least, a Ford Escort mk1. But materially and mechanically, it’s a close match to the formative, 1970s, competition-specification version of one of the most famous rally cars to ever exist; and it is both brand new and road legal.

Built by Motorsport Tools of Pwllheli, it’s the work of a company that has spent years supporting, repairing and restoring historic mk1 and mk2 Escort rally cars. It exists to provide those who want a more livable and usable mk1 Escort, yet still authentic, brand new and yet classic, a car they can enjoy on the road as often as they wish.

Constructed from a blend of MST’s purpose-built chassis and body stampings, and competition-grade axles and drivetrain components of the type you’d find on a historic rally car, the MST Mk1 is powered by a Cosworth of 2.0 liters and 260 hp. The BDG racing engine from the same family that powered Ford’s rally Escorts in the 1970s, which revs over 8,000 rpm and sounds shrill. Our man, Matt Saunders, discovered just that on the roads close to the Escort’s glory days forest rally stages in Snowdonia, North Wales. Earplugs handy, folks.

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This notice was published: 2022-04-07 16:01:25

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