Ford Escort RS2000 Mk I & II group 2 (1974)
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1968: Ford Escort Mk I Twin Cam
1970: Ford Escort Mk I RS1600
1974: Ford Escort RS2000
1983: Ford Escort Mk III RS1600i
1985: Ford Escort Mk III RS Turbo
1992: Ford Escort Mk V RS2000
1993: Ford Escort Mk V RS Cosworth
1996: Ford Escort Mk VI RS2000
Development level
Group 4
Group 2

Introduced in 1974 as Ford Escort RS2000 Mk I and was replaced by Mk II version in 1976 called Ford Escort RS2000 Mk II Slant-nose
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5334 units built (Mk I)
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Group/Class 2 Homologation number: Mk I: 5566,
Mk II slant nose: Evolution Variant 14/5E, A5035 and B214
Mk II (not slant nose): A5036 and B215
Years active 1974-1982 Homologation start: Mk I: 1/4/1974, Mk II slant nose: 1/1/1976, group A/B: 1/6/1982
Homologation end: 31/12/1982 and group A/B: 1/1/1986
Type Ford Pinto TL20H, straight 4cyl, 4 stroke, petrol engine located front longitudinally
Capacity 1993 cc WRC: 1993 cc
Bore x Stroke (mm) 90.82 x 76.95
Compression ratio 9.4:1
Output power - torgue 100 HP @ 5750 rpm, group 2: 190 HP @ 6800rpm 14.9 kgm @ 3750 rpm
106 lbf @ 5000 rpm
Main bearings 5 with 57mm bearings diameter, 6 bolt flywheel mount connecting rod length between centers 126.5mm, big end type bearing diameter 52mm, aluminium alloy piston with 41.5 mm piston height
Materials block: cast iron block. 207mm deck height and 102mm bore spacing cylinderhead: cross flow cast iron
Cams/valves single overhead camshaft (SOHC), belt driven 2 valves/cyl. - 8 valves total, 42/44.5mm inlet valve diameter, 36/38.2mm exhaust valve diameter, 1 or 2 coil springs per valve
Aspiration natural, 1 x Weber 36/32 DGAV carburetor, group 2: 1 x Solex 35 EEIT carburetor or 2 x Solex 40CCI carburetors, 1976: Weber 44 IDF carburetor
Ignition Lucas or Luminition electronic, firing order 1-3-4-2 12 V
Cooling system jacketed watercooled with pump, radiator, 305 mm diameter-10 blades fan and thermostat 6.9 lt
Lubrication system dry sump 3.5 lt
Type rear wheel drive Quaife, 4 speed manual gearbox, group 2: ZF 5 speed manual gearbox
Gearbox ratios constant: 1.889/1 (34/18)
1st 3.65/1 (29/15)
2nd 1.97/1 (25/24)
3rd 1.37/1 (21/29)
4th 1.00/1
R 3.66/1 (31/16)
constant: 1.471/1 (20/32)
1st: 2.54/1 (27/17)
2nd: 1.66/1 (25/28)
3rd: 1.255/1 (22/28)
4th: 1.000/1 (-)
R: 3.66/1 (31/16)
Diffrential ratio 3.54/1 (39/11), 3.77/1 (34/9), 4.1/1 (37/9), 4.125/1 (33/8), 3.56/1 (32/9), 4.63/1 (37/8) hypoid spiral bevel gears limited slip rear differential
Clutch dry, single plate, 216 mm diameter, group 2: 2 or 3 plate 194 mm diameter
Type steel monocoque chassis with roll-cage. 2 door saloon steel bodyshell with steel bumpers, group 2: extended wheel arches. 1976 Mk II: slant nose
Front suspension Macpherson strut with 1 lower transverse arm and stabilizer, coil springs and telescopic shock absorbers
Rear suspension live axle with 2 locating lower longitudinal links, Panhard rod, multiple leaf springs and telescopic shock absorbers
Steering system rack and pinion 18/1 and 14/1. Three spoke flat sports steering wheel with padded imitation leather rim and with collapsible convoluted can steering column. Diameter, 14in (35.6 cm). Turning circle (kerb) 29.7ft (9,054 m) 3.5 turns lock to lock
Brakes front solid disks 244mm diameter or ventilated discs 266mm diameter and 2 piston calipers 54 mm diameter. Rear drums 229mm diameter with 1 double piston caliper 19 or 22.8 mm diameter dual circuit with servo
Dimensions (Mk I)
length: 3.984 m (156.8") width: 1.608 m (63.0") height: 1.391 m (54.7")
wheelbase: 2.430 m (96.0") front track: 1293 m (50.9") rear track: 1313 m (51.6")
Rims - tires 4 stud fixing, 5.5 or 6 x 13", 8x13" (racing) 165 SR13"
Weight 865 kg
Fuel tank 41 lt
Drag coefficient 0.45

Results in WSCC

Group 1 with 150-175 HP

Car entry Car number/ result
Mugello Valle lunga Silver stone Nurb Zeltweg Watkins Glen Dijon
Team 6h 6h 6h 1000km 6h 6h 6h
The Lep Group of Companies #57, OTL
KWS-Autotechnik-Team #67, dnf
Heinz Scheidtsteger/ Peter Henschel #74, in entry list
Works Starts/finishes 2/0 1/0 1/0
Driver Team entries and car number
The Lep Group of Companies
Ken Coffey 57
Eric Mandron 57
Hartmut Bauer 67
Dieter Willke 67

Results in WRC


Works team: Ford Motor Co
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Escort RS2000 Mk I
Entry Rally event
Benson Ford
Elliot Kaplan
works OTL
Russell Brookes
John Brown
Andrews Heat for Hire dnf*
Matti Johansson
Jerry Walmstedt
Michael Windsor
Nigel Clarkson
Reeds Rallyesport dnf*
Enrique Inurrieta
David Essex-Crosby
Adlards (Fulham) Ltd dnf*
Ian Lawless
Tony Goulding
J. Collins
M. Roper
Tricentrol Racing dnf*
John Rhodes
Richard Pease
Others starts/finishes 8/0 8/0

*Group 1 entries

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