FIN­ISHED!

The Es­cort Cossie track car build comes to an end – and Mark wasted no time in show­ing off his lat­est cre­ation at RS Combe…

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Last month the car went back to Mark Shead at M.A. De­vel­op­ments for its fi­nal map­ping ses­sion and rolling road tune-up. I was re­ally happy with the results – 577bhp is none-too-shabby for old YB, but it was the mas­sive 558lb.ft that im­pressed me the most. This is what will make this car feel rapid on the track, and hav­ing all that grunt hooked up to the Es­cort’s four-wheel-drive sys­tem means it should re­ally pull out of the cor­ners well. I can’t wait to try it on track.

I was hop­ing that time would come at the re­cent RS Combe, but as one of the or­gan­is­ers for the event I al­ways find my­self rush­ing around far too much to find time to ac­tu­ally get out on the track. In­stead, the freshly-fin­ished Es­cort was unveiled to the crowds on the Fast Ford stand. Judg­ing by the re­ac­tions it got from on-look­ers, I think we can say it was well re­ceived. Ev­ery time I popped back to the stand it seemed to have peo­ple – in­clud­ing sev­eral fel­low Fast Ford read­ers who have been fol­low­ing the car’s progress in the mag – look­ing over the car and giv­ing it the nod of ap­proval.

I have to say I’m pleased with how the fin­ished prod­uct looks, but this isn’t a show car and I can’t wait to see what it’s re­ally ca­pa­ble of out on the track. At the time of writ­ing, it’s a cou­ple of weeks be­fore Ford Fair, and I was hop­ing to get back to Cas­tle Combe for a quick track­day so I could shake the car down be­fore we take it to Sil­ver­stone, but I’ve been so busy with work re­cently that I sim­ply haven’t found the time. Oh well, looks like the first time it’ll get used on track will be in the Fastest Fords ses­sions at Ford Fair the, along­side some of the very fiercest and fastest Fords in the coun­try – talk about get­ting chucked in at the deep end! I’m con­fi­dent the Es­Cos will do me proud though.

All that re­mains to do now is a quick span­ner check and a wipe over be­fore we head to the show. Oh, and also a quick pol­ish be­fore the Fast Ford cam­eras are turned on the car ahead of its full mag fea­ture too.

You haven’t seen the last of this bright green Cossie yet!

The po­tent YB pro­duces a very healthy 577bhp and im­mense 558lb.ft Mark proudly dis­played the Es­Cos on the Fast Ford stand at RS Combe Mark can't wait to get the Es­Cos out on track and use his lat­est cre­ation in anger Mark's cus­tom cam cover re­ceived a lot of at­ten­tion at the show

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