Green Monster

With a whopping 577bhp and 558lb.ft coupled to a seriously sorted chassis, Mark Hudd’s track-ready Escort Cossie is every bit as lairy as the eye-popping Acid Green suggests…

Regular readers of Fast Ford will have seen this car before. Several times in fact; once when it featured back in 2011 as a Time Attack racer, and more recently as we covered the rebuild to its current guise in the Project Cars section. That’s because the Escort now belongs to friend of the mag, and serial feature car owner, Mark Hudd. So, when we learnt of Mark’s plans we opened the doors to the proverbial Fast Ford garage and welcomed him with open arms. And, now, we’re pleased to say, all Mark’s hard work has paid off and this mean – and very green – Escort Cossie is ready to take to the track.

But for any of you who may have missed the progress updates on the build, let’s recap. Starting at the very beginning, this car was quite famous in its previous form as a Time Attack racer belonging to Dave Jackson. It was then de-commissioned from racing and used as a track toy for a number of years, before its current custodian spotted an advert for it on eBay. “It was basically just a rolling shell at the time,” recalls Mark, “it had the suspension in place, but lacked the engine, gearbox, wiring, seats, and loads of other little bits.”

So, what piqued Mark’s interest in it then? What would a man with some highly sought-after fast Fords already in his garage want a half-dismantled Escort Cossie ex-race car? “I fancied another track car,” Mark explains, “originally, I bought a wide-arch Mk6 Fiesta for the job. It handled really well, I must admit, but the turbocharged Duratec engine and weak transmission did limit the potential power somewhat… and I really wanted something with around 500-600bhp.”

As we’ve already mentioned, Mark has a hoard of cool fast Fords in his collection, and most of them are powered by the legendary YB engine. And that means he has spares. As any Cossie owner will testify, finding replacement parts for legendary powerplant is fast becoming a difficult and arduous task, so if you’ve got no fewer than five Cossie-powered cars in your collection, you tend to bag as many spare parts as you can at every given opportunity. “I knew I had enough parts knocking around to build another engine, and having the experience of working with so many (not just my own cars, but in my day job as a mechanic too) the idea of buying the EsCos shell and building it up started to make a lot of sense,” Mark remembers…

TO BE CONTINUED…

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