• Dec 15th 2010 at 7:58PM
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Ken Block gets dirty with a Mk2 Ford Escort – Click above to watch video after the jump

The North American Ford Escort was launched in 1981 and primarily served as a drab compact of choice for folks who didn't realize where the Escort name originated. The real Escort was introduced to Ford's European customer base back in 1968. It was still a fairly drab looking compact... but it had a couple of powertrain options that made it far more exciting than any Escort we got Stateside.

The early Mark I Escorts were offered with a Lotus-sourced 1.6-liter twin cam engine that helped turn the car into a rally favorite. In 1975, the Mark II Escort was developed and a 1.8-liter Cosworth BDA unit was placed under the hood. Burnt-rubber aficionado Ken Block got his hands on an example from 1978 and filmed some serious hoonage through the forests of upstate New York.

The clip, which can be viewed after the jump, is focused on glorious noises and sideways dirt action. Though Block drives a modern Fiesta and Focus in his various motorsports activities, we've gotta say we find his work in the Mark II Escort far more interesting.

[Source: Youtube]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      want
      • 4 Years Ago
      "Ken Block goes through the woods quickly in an Escort Mk2" On the way to grandma's house?...
      • 4 Years Ago
      That soundtrack would make an awesome alarm clock.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Lotus BDA engines are now worth serious money, last one I saw built cost the other $50,000
      • 4 Years Ago
      It kinda bothers me how it took Ken Block, the internet's most popular driver, for most Americans to discover how great the Escort has been for rallying. Oh well, better late then never I guess. Besides, can't really blame us considering what our Escort was like.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I missed following the Escorts since I wasn't old enough. I didn't become a fan until around the time the RS200 and the Killer B's, possibly just a bit before that, mid 80's I guess?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Thank you for the "most" qualifier - I've been a fan since before I could drive.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I need one of these cars. Also, lots of money.
      • 4 Years Ago
      God bless Ford. Mainly their European operations, but nonetheless.
      • 4 Years Ago
      wow, those must be the original shocks from 1978? Looks like a handful.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Best driver Ken Block...maximum attack.....ha ha...filming each turn like 20 times and them put them all together ...no wonder he's such a crap driver in the WRC
        • 4 Years Ago
        Um he wasn't a crap driver. Show me a rookie driver that did as well as he did in their first season other than Kimi.

        Oh and another thing, show me where you got the info that this was cut together how you said it was. Oh you can't? Oh well. Nice try, though.
        • 4 Years Ago
        thats a promo video. of course it was cut together....
        and show me a rookie driver that had blocks financial support, while entering the wrc....
      • 4 Years Ago
      Is anyone else annoyed by the sound of the engine bouncing off the rev limiter the whole time? I like a little breathing of the throttle.... an upshift or a downshift. Anything but this.

      The visuals are good though. :-)
        • 4 Years Ago
        Once you loose traction like that on the dirt upshifting won't help, you'll just spin the tires faster and you are more likely for a spin out. They stay in a certain gear for the corner exist so when they do straighten out they are in the right gear/rpm
      • 4 Years Ago
      The whole Ken Block Youtube phenomenon is really pretty contrived. Not saying they're not cool. Look, any of us here could drive a section over and over about 20 times and after a couple days we would have a few seconds of some pretty impressive footage.

      It is mostly about the car, the editing and the photography - which is spectacular.

      What we're really seeing is a commercial promo for the sponsors, shot with great car and great scenery, with a name brand to tie it together. Translation: instant YouTube mega-hit, and very valuable and free advertising.

      It's a great way to sell your brand; a lot better than commercials. Make it something we all want to see for once.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I wonder, who was generous and trusting enough to loan Ken their vintage rally car?

      Shock absorbers: I'm with those wondering about those shocks as well. Is that how they actually were back then, or does this car need a little freshening in that department? Does anyone out there know the answer?
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