Own­ing an Es­cort RS2000

Classic Cars (UK) - - The Big Test -

‘It’s a clas­sic that gets used a lot and driven hard,’ says Ja­son Wall of his Sig­nal Orange RS2000 MKII. ‘I take it on track days – hence the roll cage for safety’s sake, al­though it’s pe­riod-style Group 1 rally equip­ment as is the elec­tri­cal cut-off gear on the dash­board. It’s also a great road car, used for longer tour­ing ral­lies in­clud­ing the Lakes Tour, a week-long drive on some of the Lake District’s best roads. And un­like some other cars on that event, I drive it all the way there from Hamp­shire and back.

‘It’s a very re­li­able car. The 2.0-litre Pinto en­gine is ex­tremely de­pend­able with no real foibles – it even has a non-in­ter­fer­ence cylin­der head – and likes to be revved hard. Pretty-much all of the parts for it are avail­able from spe­cial­ists like Bur­ton Power, and it can be highly tuned if you want to with­out com­pro­mis­ing re­li­a­bil­ity – there's also a lot of sup­port avail­able through the RS Own­ers’ Club.

‘I sus­pect the clutch will need at­ten­tion soon, but it’s not much to worry about – the parts in­volved are all sim­ple, straight­for­ward and cheap.’

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