Owning an Escort RS2000
‘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.’