Thanks to modern tech, the fears associated with old cars can be banished, and one of the best systems you can fit is managed ignition. Northampton Motorsport guided us through what’s involved.
Coasting to the side of the road because your condenser and points have given up (again), is so last century. And maybe electronic ignition — the wonder-solution to revolutionise motoring — sort of solved this, but the truth is we were still forced to be slaves to mechanical gremlins.
Long ago, our twin 40 DCOE-equipped Project Mk2 Cortina taught us that mapped ignition was the way to go. More than once we reached for the keys thinking the engine had cut out, while sitting in traffic, only to find it hadn’t, it was simply coping effortlessly with what it was supposed to do — provide an ignition setting for virtually every scenario the twin carbs wanted. Gone was the coughing and spluttering and in its place, instant power and pick-up, making driving a classic Ford a joy rather than an uncertainty.
And it’s not difficult to fit either — Northampton Motorsport (NMS) guides us through the predominantly Omex 200-based ignition-only ECU system, telling us what’s involved in fitting and the options you have. They were quick to point out that other systems are available but they also explained their Omex preference, because it’s easy to map and the support is excellent. Here’s what you need to know.