YKYWT: 1980 'Zakspeed' Ford Escort RS2000



We'll get the bad news out of the way first: it's possible that this car isn't in fact one of the five original Zakspeed Escorts, despite being magazine-featured as such.


The vendor is currently looking into the car's history to establish exactly what it is, but if it wasn't built by the famous German racing concern then by default it's probably one of the late Nick Whiting's (brother of F1 Race Director Charlie) cars, which still makes it a rare and desirable piece of kit.

The roof, door pillars, doors, windscreen and rear lights were the only exterior parts made by Ford. The rest of the body is a combination of aluminium and glass-fibre dropped over a steel spaceframe which results in a very light machine.


The estimated weight of around 650kg therefore seems plausible, and with a claimed 248bhp on tap from the 2.2-litre all-steel Pinto motor (a dyno run of which can be seen here) it would be a very lively car indeed.

It makes you wonder, though, what the Nick Whiting version must have been like with 430bhp of Cosworth V6 and something in the region of 600bhp/ton... There's some brief footage of it being given what-for at the end of this clip.

Whatever the Escort's true identity, it would certainly make a fast and very cool racing or track day car.


The price may seem a bit steep at £55k and could probably be negotiated more in your favour, but to build such a car from scratch would certainly demand a lot of time and effort and not a little funding.

Wouldn't you love to turn up at a circuit with it on a trailer being towed by a liveried-up one of these? Or better still just drive it there!

 




   

 

 

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  • y2blade 07 Nov 2011

    No thanks, MK2's leave me cold.......MK1's on the otherhand sperm


  • CliveGT 07 Nov 2011

    rallycross said:
    CG Trading said:
    Cheers, I've tried registering with them, hopefully by tomorrow I can post the question.

    Clive
    Glad to see you are getting some useful contacts about it over there.
    Yes thanks, we now think it was Walter Robertson's BRDC championship winning car from 1978, built by John Robinson Racing Services(who alo built Nick Whiting's chassis)hence the RR in the 2nd chassis plate 'LDK01RR'.

    I've had to change my id on here to CliveGT to obey the rules re company names.

    Thanks again.
    Clive

  • rallycross 06 Nov 2011

    CG Trading said:
    Cheers, I've tried registering with them, hopefully by tomorrow I can post the question.

    Clive
    Glad to see you are getting some useful contacts about it over there.

  • MadDog1962 06 Nov 2011

    Ah memories. This sort of thing is bloody wonderful I reckon. So what if you could get a decent Porsche for same money. These kind of 70s track cars are pretty special things to drive. Most "youngsters" won't quite understand unless they are ever lucky enough to experience it.

  • DBSV8 05 Nov 2011

    aeropilot said:
    Ex-Aveley worker.... thumbup

    As a former committee member of the Ford AVO Owners Club I can but offer a bow

    Were you there in the proper FAVO days from '70-'75?...would love to hear any annecdotal stories if so.

    One of my old RS2000's (and yes it was a factory black car) smile

    I had the exact same model



    getmecoat


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