TURN­ING JA­PANESE?

THE DU­RATEC’S ORI­GINS

Classic Ford - - MK2 CORTINA -

Mazda’s L-Se­ries en­gine is the root of Ford’s Du­ratec en­gine in its 1.8- to 2.5-litre guises. It’s an all-al­loy four-cylin­der with cast-iron lin­ers, with a twin-cam 16-valve head, forged con-rods and a one-piece crank. Later ver­sions also ben­e­fit from such mod­ern trick­ery as in­take cam-phas­ing VVT, vari­able-length in­take, and ‘tum­ble con­trol’ VTCS. As you’d imag­ine from a mod­ern Ja­panese mo­tor, it loves to rev and is highly tun­able; in Elfed’s case, the 2.3 run­ning hot cams is good for 228 bhp, and his next move will be to up­grade from the DCO/SP carbs (be­low) to throt­tle bod­ies and forged in­ter­nals, shoot­ing for a re­li­able 280 bhp. A lit­tle wasabi hid­den in­side this oh-so Bri­tish clas­sic!

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