By: Dave Morley, Photography by: Alastair Brook
According to Morley the RS2000 Escort makes the point that the hotties from Ford Oz weren't all V8-powered
The Mark 2 Escort RS2000 story in Australia starts back in 1976 when Ford imported a batch of 25 German-built RS2000s. That bought the brand a ticket into the two-litre class of local touring car racing where guys like Bob Holden, a former Bathurst winner, went on to duke it out with other two-litre contenders such as Celicas and Dolomite Sprints.
The German cars were snapped up by race teams, and since only 25 were imported (the minimum number to satisfy the Aussie touring-car homologation rules of the day) not many are around these days. That said, a couple have surfaced having been returned to road trim, but they copped a hard life and the last one I saw was only half an RS2000 (it was a cut and shut). They were also a pretty serious weapon with twin carburettors and extra radius rods at the rear to keep the live axle under control. The other way to spot a German RS is to check t...