Ari Vatanen won the World Rally Championship over 40 years ago.
To celebrate we bring you the MST CARS ROTHMANS SPECIAL EDITION MK2. This tribute combines the iconic BDG twin cam engine and the tried and tested parts like the Atlas axle and Bilstein suspension with modern touches including power steering, latest ECUs and electrical systems. With a new Alloy tarmac arched shell with full Rothmans Rally Team Livery it really does live up to its iconic status.
Bodyshell: Group-4 Works spec
Engine: 2.0L BDG
Power: 265+ BHP
Gearbox: 5-Speed H-Pattern
Suspension: Group-4 Bilstein
Brakes: AP Racing ‘Monte Carlo’ Calipers




Following Ford’s withdraw from the World Rally Championship in 1979, David Sutton Motor Sport continued to campaign the 1980 season with new sponsor Rothmans. Sutton’s partnership of Ari Vatanen and David Richards went on to win the 1981 Drivers’ championship. David Suttton also built Rothmans Mk2’s for the likes for Malcolm Wilson, Hannu Mikkola and Pentti Airikkala.




Each MST CARS Rothmans Special Edition Mk2 is bespoke and built to order here in North Wales, UK. The build is based on the original Group-4 works cars, featuring alloy tarmac arch shell, 6 linked rear axle and turreted rear coilovers with all the strengthening that a proper rally car requires, including a weld in roll cage. The classic BDG engine is fueled by Jenvey throttle bodies and managed by the latest Life Racing ECU. Cars can be built for fast road & touring with fully trimmed interior or can be supplied as an FIA spec rally car for competition use.
265+ BHP
2.0L BDG Rally Engine
All new alloy block
Forged pistons
Steel crank & Rods
Dry Sump
Jenvey throttle bodies
Life Racing ECU
Simpson stainless steel exhaust
Lightweight race flywheel
Twin plate clutch
Alloy radiator
5-speed semi helical close ratio
quick shift – alloy casing
For historic rally spec cars we use homologated the 5-speed ZF direct top gearbox. Heavy duty propshaft.
fully floating atlas axle
6 linked and turreted
The Atlas axle as used on the original works cars are tried and tested for reliability. Each axle is hand built using motorsport quality parts including a Gripper LSD, low ratio CWP, twin taper bearing alloy hubs and AP Racing brakes.
group-4 bilstein coilovers
fully adjustable front & rear
The Group-4 setup includes the original Bilstein dampers combined with modern WRC type suspension assembly which is fully adjustable for height, camber, castor and track. Alloy wheel hubs & Group-4 studs. Rear leaf springs are replaced with Bilstein coilovers.
ap racing – monte carlo brakes
bias pedal box & hydro handbrake
As used on the works tarmac escorts, we use the AP Racing Monte Carlo front brake calipers with 260x25mm discs for use with 13” wheels. Rear brakes are AP Racing 2 pot calipers with an electric parking brake feature. Fully adjustable bias pedalbox & hydraulic handbrake.
fia race seats & harnesses
lightweight interior
Rally cars will feature a stripped out lightweight interior with FIA approved race seats and 6 point harnesses. Complete with latest safety features including electrical plumbed in extinguishers, cut off switches, footrests, rally steering wheel etc.
bespoke rothmans design
top quality leather & alcantara
Our road spec cars have some luxuries thrown in. Keeping the original rally car feel with a fully hand trimmed interior using the best quality leathers and Alcantara with a special edition Rothmans branding. Seats can be trimmed race seats or recliners. Full wool carpets with Dynamat NVH. Alcantara headliner.
genuine minilite wheels
tarmac or gravel tyres
Gold Minilites is the obvious wheel of choice, as used on the Rothmans cars. We only use Genuine Minilite wheels, Group-4 fitting, made in England. Front wheels are 8×13 and rear 9×13. For rally use we have a wide range of wheel and tyre options available.
4x piaa spotlamps
rally accessory package
All the must have rally features are included including the 2-up, 2-down, PIAA Rally spotlamps, Sump guard, mudflaps, fire extinguishers, Spare wheel with jack & wheel brace etc.

talk to us about your very own MST CARS ROTHMANS SPECIAL EDITION MK2.

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