NLC – Millington Escort Mk2
Latest news and updates about our Millington Diamond powered Mk2 Escort
We had a totally amazing day yesterday on the first ever closed road rally in Wales, was great to be part of the event which was very well run from start to finish, a big well done to the organizing team!
Unfortunately we had to retire after stage 6 with electrical problems, but we really enjoyed the stages, cant wait for next year.
Congratulations to Osian on the win!
Thanks to Dorian for co-driving.
Thanks to George, Rhys & Russ for service.
And thanks to the organizers and all the marshal’s for making it happen.
(Thanks to Tudor Evans for photos)
First rally of 2019 in NLC, at Harlech Stages, our local single venue event held at Llanbedr airfield, North Wales, a great venue with some very fast stages, organised by the Harlech and District Motor club.
All went well without any issues with the car all day, only tyre changes and refueling required at service, a very enjoyable days rallying. We finished 4th overall and 1st in class so a good day all round, with excellent weather.
Image: Colin Matthews Photography
The Escort Mk2 back at HQ in one piece
Congratulations to the overall winners, Wil and Llion Owen, local crwe in a very quick Escort Mk2 powered by the ultimate Series 2+ Millington Diamond 2.5L engine
Quick update on the Millington Escort, after the last rally the engine was running little too hot, especially when queuing up on the stage start, so we decided to upgrade the radiator to a larger core (safari spec) and a larger 12″ spal fan from the 11″ that was fitted.
Should have a proper test on the next rally: Glyn Memorial Stages at Anglesey circuit next month
Well finally we got to take the Motorsport Tools Escort Mk2 out on a competitive event, we competed on the Toyota Harlech stages last weekend, unfortunately it was a DNF due to a slight problem with the hydraulic clutch master cylinder, but we got to test the Escort on a rally and we did 6 out of 8 stages so not too bad.
The event took place on the Llanbedar airfield near Harlech, North Wales, local to us, just down the road and was organized by our local motor club Harlech and district motor club. Well done to them on a very well run event.
The couple of weeks leading up to the event was very dry and sunny so we stocked up in some hard compound tyres, the airfield tarmac is very abrasive so hard compound is a must when its dry, but typically the day of the rally it poured down all day with a lot of standing water, so our slick tyres were not much use, it was very difficult puting the power down, the rear wheel was spinning in 1st, 2nd and 3rd gear and loads of sideways!
It was the first time we got to use the Quaife 60g gearbox in anger, and it was a pleasure, worked great with very nice gear changes up and down, the ratios were spot on. The Millington Diamond 2.5L engine was also great, never missed a beat all day and has loads of torque, pulls like a train!
Overall a good test and shakedown for the Escort, cant wait to get out again, next event Anglesey circuit in June.
Images courtesy of: Sonya Jones Rally Photography
Finally the Escort Mk2 project is finished, well not quite, still a few things to do before its ready for a rally but it drives and we have taken it for a blast down the road a few times and yes its very fast.
Here we have some photos from the Classic Ford shoot we did last month. The January edition, now out in the shops has a 4 page feature on the Escort + a free 2016 Motorsport-Tools.com calendar.
2.5L Millington Diamond engine, 300BHP and loads of torque!
The engine we have fitted is a series-1 Millington Diamond, these are based on the Coswortth YB engines. It has a modified Cosworth 16v twin cam head bolted on to Millington’s own aluminium block
The dry sump pumps takes drive directly off the timing belt. The coil pack is mounted on to the rear of the pump. All plumbing is done with Motamec hose and fittings. -12 and -10 hoses are used for the dry sump system.
Gearbox is the Quaife 60G 6-speed sequential gearbox
The boot houses the alloy fuel tank, AH Fabrications dry sump tank and Bosch fuel injection pumps, filters etc.
The cockpit is kept as simple as possible. The custom made wiring loom connects up to the stepper motor Motamec gauges, we have used the analogue dial gauges for the traditional look and they are easier to read than digital. Other features include RIX power steering, vertical hydraulic handbrake, bias pedal box with hydraulic clutch, heated screen…
Seats are the Motamec evo-one FIA seats and 6 point harness.
Here we have a Safety Devices multi point weld in cage, the rear suspension is 6 linked and turreted, big tunnels, firewalled etc.
Front suspension is made up of AVO 3 way adjustable dampers, Fully adjustable RIX Engineering WRC type uprights and the front brakes are AP Racing 4 pot CP5219, the largest brakes that will fit under 13″ wheels. The discs are WRC type with J-Hook groves.
And here is some sideways action down our lane…
Loom wiring now sorted. So first test run of the Millington conducted this morning. Thanks to Roy Millington and Alex at DTA for all their help yesterday. Enjoy the sound!!!
Motorsport-tools.com project modern tarmac spec mk2 Ford Escort first start up. Running a Millington Diamond Series 1 2.5 N/A engine.
There is some belt slip at the beginning of the video and it was idling very low at first. Both of these things where fixed before the end part of the video.
What do you think?
Again a few months has passed by with not a lot done to the Escort Mk2 project due to being very busy with other projects at Motorsport Tools.
The wiring loom has finally arrived, so we have been working away this past week and trying to get our heads round the best to route the wires etc..
Here are some of the latest photos, more coming soon…