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This is Special Vehicle Engineering - the team that designed the fastest Fords. Can you guess what was the secret car they are hiding there on the right? Rod Mansfield wrote a fascinating insight in my book where he tells us what it was like to do Capri, Cosworth and XRs, you can read it here. Read what Rod says today. 

 

 

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Mk5 Rs2000

my mum had a pre production mk5 RS2000 4X4 Which shared some Escort cosworth parts whenever we rang fords for parts they said there wasn’t such a car 

it was bought from a Ford main dealer lol and was used as a test car apparently 

sadly it was stolen off the drive 

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It’s an Austin montego ! Ford needs a benchmark on how NOT to build a car, so ideal candidate 😜

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A prototype that never made production?

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6 hours ago, Mexican Gerbil said:

After some investigative work I believe it’s an escort but what flavour .....??  

 

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That's a pretty good list. I had lunch with Rod Mansfield a few months back. The project they were proudest of was the Venezuelan Escort with (I think) supercharger and AC needed to accommodate the high altitude and heat.

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10 hours ago, PeteRS8084 said:

Here's a punt......rs 1700t pre production?

 

10 hours ago, PeteRS8084 said:

Here's a punt......rs 1700t pre production?

Nope, it was some time after that poor unfortunate thing. 

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