About this project

This project has been inspired by the fire breathing big BHP Group B rally cars that were banned in the mid 1980's. With a love for these cars in mind I'm creating a mid engine RWD track day car using a MK6 Escort as the base car and a Subaru Impreza turbo engine/gearbox to power it.

With the Subaru engine being quite light and having a low centre of gravity, (due to the flat 4 configuration) the car should have a good power to weight ratio and hopefully handle well, with a good suspension setup.

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After many more hours working in the garage the Beast has finally let rip on the track. I have completly re designed the rear suspension fabricating wider tubular wishbones simular to the fronts with new mounting points with high strength rose joints, the rear track rod mounts have been re fabricated lowered down to reduce rear bump steer,  new rose jointed drop links fitted and i have lowered the ride height a bit and dialled in some more negative camber.

As for the front i have used slightly softer springs with brand new new stiffer dampers, the plan is to make the car kind of nose dive whilst under braking in to a corner transfering all the weight to the front to create some grip without springing back up to quick. It all seems to work well although the track was wet so i could not get the power down and i did spin off a couple of times, it was an awsome day though it definately gets the adrenalin pumping, it has got so much power it will pretty much spin the wheels in 3rd gear down most of the straight. The car is pretty light with hardly any transmission losses due to it only been 2wd now and  a combination of a fast spooling turbo, short ratio gears and smaller 15in wheels make it seriously quick.

I will post up some footage very soon.

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Test drive at curbourgh sprint track

Well, after a trip down to curbourgh sprint track and a 5 minute test drive the car had a major fuel leak,for some reason it was leaking out the tank breather pipe and could not be fixed at the track. I have now fitted a larger breather pipe and it seems ok. I can say that the 5 minutes i was in the car it felt and sounded awesome i carnt wait to have a proper go in it.  Before  i take it out again i am going to fabricate some new front lower arms and roll bar linkages using rose joints as the standard escort arms are pants.

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