Magazine Blog: Classic Ford>> Four Door Drift Escort

What do you do when you have a fully-built and specced engine ready to go, but the rest of the car isn’t finished? Find another rolling shell to put it into, of course!

This is Mike ‘Boxxer’ Bradley’s road-legal, 1980 Ford Escort Mk2 four-door, built for drifting, track days and general messing about. It might look tatty on the outside, but inside and underneath it’s incredibly well-specced.

The engine in question is a 2.1-litre Cosworth YB, converted to normally-aspirated spec with slide throttle bodies. Power is around 230 hp and it revs hard to 8700 rpm.

Some of the detailing is ingenious — the cigarette lighter now works as a switch to change between different maps on the Emerald ECU, depending on the octane rating of fuel used.

An SPA digital speedo and rev counter has been worked into the original Ford dash binnacle, along with a gear indicator — this car runs a Quaife 26Z six-speed sequential gearbox.

Mike entertained the crowds at both the Classic Ford Show and Ford Fair this year, and while he reckons it’s just for fun, we can’t help but think he’s going to go into drifting seriously in 2012.

Video of the car in Action

Check out the full feature in the December 2011 issue of Classic Ford magazine

Words by Simon Woolley
Photos by Phil Steinhardt

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This car deserves the Seal of Approval! However, I'd love to see it in a proper Car Feature with a lot more photos... and a video if possible =)


This could be the sweetest UK build ive ever seen on speedhunters... more please!




I'm feelin that engine bay!


This car deserves a big feature, i've read through the build thread multiple times and it's an amazing :D


Please can we have a wallpaper of the first pic so I can make my friends at work jealous of my wallpaper.



Hi Guys, cheers for the write up, love it! I have a load of Videos on my youtube account if anyone wants to have a look? WWW.YOUTUBE.COM/BOXXERCOS.



Yeah, more pics please.


Love love love LOVE this thing. The kind of epic sleeper you thought only existed in dreams. What id pay just to flog the holy hell out of it for one evening.


Darly, link to build thread please? :)


Badass! more pics!


Build thread link. Awesome car :p


Build thread link. Awesome car :p


Awesome. Keep it up!


I'd he happy to let anyone take more pics of it :)


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Sweet! I am curious to know what compression ratio that engine is producing?