Ford Escort RS2000 MK1 & MK2 Images and Technical Specification
The impetus behind the sporty Escorts came from Ford's active competitions department at Borham as can be seen in the pictures above they are still being thrown around forest and tract today. Whilst their rally exploits gave birth to some exiting highly tuned road Escorts ( the lotus powered Twin Cam and 16-valve BDA models). When it came to creating hot Escorts with mass appeal, ford opted for the simpler option of installing larger engines from higher up their range.
Mexico escorts had a 1600cc engine and 86bhp. Most impressive was the RS2000. Minor modifications including a new sump and an electric fan allowed the Pinto 1993cc in-line four to be squeezed under the bonnet. This rugged engine initially produced 100bhp, enough to have the RS2000 reaching speeds of 110mph. When the restyled Mk2 Escort arrived, Ford continued the RS2000 giving it a special identity with a polyurethane droop-snoot nose and quad headlamps. Engine output was also raised to 110bhp.
These cars rapidly developed a boy-racer image, but they did offer (and still do) excellent value for money.
Owning an RS2000
With a straightforward unstressed engine in a conventional saloon body the Ford Escort RS2000 is a car that well suited to everyday use. Direct steering and firm ride betray its sporting instincts. However it is equally at home being used gently around town as it is being used quickly on back roads. Motorways aren't ideal, as this cars 4-speed box is geared low for acceleration. apart form some body panels and a few items of trim parts are generally easy to find. Fuel consumption is reasonable, however insurance is high.
Quick Buyers Guide
The first thing to do when buying an RS2000 is to ensure that it really is an RS2000, as it has been known for people to drop a two litre engine into lesser escorts and bolt on a few bits of trim and attempt to pass it off as an RS2000.
Be sure to check for a noisy camshaft which is prone to wear if oil changes are neglected. The gearbox is quite strong and long lasting as is the suspension. Check the usual areas for rust, pay special attention to the boot floor and rear wheel arches as these are problem areas for these cars.
In-line 4-clynder ohc, all iron, five main bearings.