Escort on the mountain

Escort on the mountain

September 2013 "Mont Blanc Rally".

The Ford Escort:

The squarer-styled Mark II version appeared in January 1975. The first production models had rolled off the production lines on 2nd December 1974.

Unlike the first Escort (which was developed by Ford of Britain), the second generation was developed jointly between the UK and Ford of Germany. Codenamed "Brenda" during its development, it used the same mechanical components as the Mark I. The 950 cc engine was still offered in Italy where the smaller engine attracted tax advantages, but in the other larger European markets in Europe it was unavailable. The estate and van versions used the same panelwork as the Mark I, but with the Mark II front end and interior. The car used a revised underbody, which had been introduced as a running change during the last six months production of the Mark I. Rear suspension still sat on leaf springs though some contemporaries such as the Hillman Avenger had moved on to coil springs.

The "L" and "GL" models (2-door, 4-door, estate) were in the mainstream private sector, the "Sport", "RSMexico", and "RS2000" in the performance market, the "Ghia" (2-door, 4-door) for an untapped small car luxury market, and "base / Popular" models for the bottom end. Panel-van versions catered to the commercial sector.

A cosmetic update was given in 1978, with L models gaining the square headlights (previously exclusive to the GL and Ghia variants) and there was an upgrade in interior and exterior specification for some models. Underneath a wider front track was given.

In 1979 and 1980 three special edition Escorts were launched the Linnet, Harrier and Goldcrest.

Production ended in Britain in August 1980, other countries following soon after.

As with its predecessor, the Mark II had a successful rallying career. All models of the Mark I were carried over to the Mark II, though the Mexico gained the RS badge and had its engine changed to a 1.6 L OHC Pinto instead of the OHV. A "Sport" model was also produced using the 1.6 L Kent. A new model was released, the RS1800, which had a fuel injected 1790 cc Cosworth BDE engine. It was essentially a special created for rallying.

The works rally cars were highly specialised machines. Bodyshells were heavily strengthened. They were characterised by the wide wheelarch extensions, and often by the fitment of four large spotlights for night stages. The Cosworth BDE engine was replaced with 2.0 L BDG and gave up to 250 bhp (186 kW; 253 PS) by 1979. It was complemented by a strengthened transmission, five-speed straight-cut ZF gearbox, five-linked suspension and more minor modifications.

The Mark II Escort continued its predecessor’s run on the RAC Rally, winning every year from 1975 to 1979 and racing in a variety of other events around the world. In the 1979 season of the World Rally Championship, Björn Waldegård took the drivers’ title, Hannu Mikkola was runner-up and Ari Vatanen finished the year in fifth place, all driving Escort RS1800s.…

Audi RS4 Avant B7

Audi RS4 Avant B7

Following a prolonged hiatus, the next Audi RS4 quattro (Typ 8E), designed on Audi’s “B7” A4 platform, by quattro GmbH in Neckarsulm, Germany (a wholly owned private subsidiary of Audi AG), was unveiled in February 2005 at Audi’s ‘Quattro Night’ celebration at the corporation headquarters in Ingolstadt, Germany. The RS4 came down a duplicate of a ski soar then spun quite a few situations on an ice rink right before coming to rest in the center of the ice. Following quite a few minutes to make it possible for the assembled media and friends to examine the car, the RS4 climbed the ski soar and parked around the major. The ski soar was an homage to an audi industrial from 1986 exactly where an Audi climbed a ski soar in Finland to showcase its top-quality traction thanks to the quattro drivetrain. The RS4 became available to European consumers in mid 2006. It was introduced at the 2006 North American International Car Display in January, and arrived in August 2006 North The usa. There was no RS4 designed on the Audi “B6” platform which served as the basis for the Audi A4 involving 2001 and 2005.
The B7 RS4 is an practically total departure from preceding RS cars, as it was in the beginning available as a saloon/sedan with an Avant (estate/wagon), and Cabriolet (convertible) versions arriving later. Only the RS6 had taken this equivalent route (saloon and avant) right before the preceding RS4 and RS2 had been available completely as Avants. The creation operate of the B7 RS4 was 2006 to 2008 inclusive, even though only 2007 and 2008 product calendar year had been sold in the United states

Posted by Robin Kiewiet on 2008-08-08 fifteen:59:fifty eight

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