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  • The New Escort Mk2 Bodyshells Are Here!

    The Brand New Escort Mk2 Bodyshell!

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    The long awaited meaning Escort Mk2 bodyshells have finally arrived, yes brand new manufactured bodyshells! A direct copy of the RS specification mk2 shell have been re made and are now on the market priced at £7000 including VAT

    Manufactured using the latest presses and metal forming processes
    Reproduced as close as possible to the original Escort Mk2 body
    Complete with RS spec strengthening plates (No tramp bar brackets)
    Ideal base for Group 4 Rally car build, modern or historic, track or fast road project
    Finished in primer
    No underseal
    Supplied complete with doors, bonnet and boot
    Right Hand Drive
    Sold as a aftermarket replacement body part only (Not Ford made)
    Customer collection or contact us to arrange delivery - Can ship worldwide

    We will also be converting bodyshells to Group4 rally spec and should be available off the shelf later in the year, will have several options available: Historic, modern tarmac , Road Rally, track etc.

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    Also can be supplied professionally painted to customer 's requirements including inside and underside

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  • First Rally for the Motorsport-Tools Escort Mk2

    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!

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    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

     

     

  • Motorsport-Tools Millington Escort Mk2 finished!

    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.

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    2.5L Millington Diamond engine, 300BHP and loads of torque!

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    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

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    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.

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    Gearbox is the Quaife 60G 6-speed sequential gearbox

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    The boot houses the alloy fuel tank, AH Fabrications dry sump tank and Bosch fuel injection pumps, filters etc.

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    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...

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    Seats are the Motamec evo-one FIA seats and 6 point harness.

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    Here we have a Safety Devices multi point weld in cage, the rear suspension is 6 linked and turreted, big tunnels, firewalled etc.

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    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.

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    And here is some sideways action down our lane...

  • VIDEO: Quaife 60G Sequential Gearbox In Car Test

     

     

     

    Quaife 60G Sequential Gearbox In Car Test

    In car per road test of Quaife 60G sequential gearbox, heavy duty tailcase version.

    What do you think?

  • VIDEO: First Start of Millington Diamond Engine Project

     

     

     

    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?

  • Escort Mk2 Project - Update!

    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...

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  • HANS Devices & The MSA Guide 2015-2016

     

     

     

    The MSA Announcement

    On June the 9th the MSA Council voted to male FIA approved Frontal Head Restraints (FHR) mandatory for Stage Rallying, Hill Climb and Sprint (with certain exceptions in each) from 1st January 2016 onward.

    Summary from the MSA;

    "Motor Sports Council, the MSA’s rule-making body, has voted to mandate the use of Frontal Head Restraints in Stage Rallying, Hill Climb and Sprint – with certain exceptions in each – from 2016 onward.

    The decisions were taken yesterday (9 June) at the second of Council’s three meetings in 2015, held at Motor Sports House.

    After a very lengthy debate, it was decided that from 1 January 2016 an FIA-approved FHR will be mandatory for all Stage Rally competitors, except for those in Historic Category One vehicles, for whom it will be a recommendation in 2016 and mandatory from 2017.

    It was also decided that from 1 January 2016 an FIA-approved FHR will be mandatory for all Hill Climb and Sprint competitors, except for those in Period Defined Vehicles, Road-going Series Production Cars and Road-going Specialist Production Cars. Nonetheless, it will be recommended for those excepted competitors.

    The relevant new regulations – along with all others approved by Motor Sports Council yesterday – will be published in due course."

     

    Early Development of the HANS Device

    The device was designed in the early 1980s by Dr. Robert Hubbard and Jim Downing, following the death of one of their mutual friends, Patrick Jacquemart who was killed in an IMSA testing accident at Mid-Ohio. The first prototype was developed in 1985, and in crash tests in 1989 (the first to use crash sleds and crash dummies using race car seat belt harnesses) the energy exerted on the head and neck was lowered by some 80%.

    The HANS Device became mandatory for Champ Car in 2001, Forumla 1 in 2003 and the World Rally CHamp WRC for the 2005 season. The FIA then made the HANS device compulsory for all international event from 2009.

     

    HANS Device Guidelines

    Overview

    • The HANS Device is worn UNDER your safety harness.
    • Belt adjusters should rest on or below the lower portion on the HANS Device.
    • Change or remove padding for best fit, pads are for comfort only.
    • Never modify the body of the HANS Device.

     

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    Head Rest Clearance

    • The HANS Device may lightly contact the helmet or head rest.
    • If your HANS pushes your head forward uncomfortably, a more upright device may be required.
    • The HANS Device may move back and forth a little during racing.

     

    Belt Mounting

    Quote from the MSA;

    "The shoulder strap mounting points should be lower than the point at which the straps bear down on the HANS, such that the straps make an angle of 10 Degrees to the horizontal. The mounting points must be equally disposed about the user’s centre line so that straps spread outward slightly from the mountings and around the HANS. This helps to keep the straps firmly engaged with the HANS."

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    • If the mounting points for the belts are far behind the seat, the belt mounts should be very close together. (Belts may touch or even be crossed over each other if necessary)
    • 75-100mm distance between inner edges (shown above) is typical.
    • If the mounting points are close to the seat, the width between the inner edges of the belts should be equal to or 25mm (1 inch) less than the width of the HANS Device.
    • HANS works with any 2" or 3" shoulder harness.
    • Mount should belts of harness 25-50mm below the horizontal. ( MSA quote "10 Degrees to the horizontal" )

     

    HANS Device Tethers

    • Standard 450mm length tethers fit most applications
    • DO NOT over tighten tether carrier screws.
    • Tethers are dated. Replace every 5 years. Also replace after major impacts or sooner if wear is observed.

     

    Helmet Anchor Points - Helmet Posts

    We have conflicting advise on if a non HANS helmet can be fitted with HANS anchor points. So we will refer you to the below quotes from the governing bodies.

     

    Quote from the MSA;

    "The helmet must be equipped by the helmet manufacturer or agent with FIA homologated fixation points and the helmet must be manufactured in accordance with one of the required Standards. Some helmets are specifically manufactured and homologated for use with HANS"

     

    Quote from the FIA;

    "5. Helmets with HANS®

    5.1 An FIA approved helmet conforming to FIA 8858-2002 or FIA 8860-2004 (or latest revisions) fitted with helmet-tether-anchorages shall be used. Please refer to FIA Technical List 29 for further details.

    5.2 The position of the helmet-tether-anchorages shall comply with FIA 8858-2002. It is strongly
    recommended to use helmets with helmet-tether-anchorage inserts fitted by the manufacturer
    as original equipment: these are identified by a glossy silver holographic FIA label.

    5.3 Original Equipment helmet-anchorages should not be removed for painting the helmet.
    However, if it is apparent that the helmet-anchorages have been removed, they shall be correctly
    refitted with thread locking compound."

     

    USEFUL LINKS - We highly recommend your read these in preparation for using a HANS Device.

    FIA HANS Device PDF Guidelines (Issued: 01/07/2007)

    MSA HANS Device PDF Guidelines

    HANS Performance Products USA - HANS Device Quick Start Guide PDF (Dated: August 2014)

     

    The HANS Performance Products USA Range

     

    HANS Device Sport 2 II FIA 20 Degree Large

    HANS Device Sport 2 II FIA 20 Degree Medium

     

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    • SFI and FIA approved
    • Entry Level Pricing with the Same Safety Performance as Professional Series HANS Device
    • Equipped with Sport anchors
    • Sliding Tethers
    • Injection molded super structural thermoplastics
    • 20 degree size Large
    • Weighs 918gms

     

    HANS Device Sport III 3 FIA 20 Degree Medium

    HANS Device Sport III 3 FIA 20 Degree Large

     

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    The HANS III represents the third generation of injection molded HANS devices and features a contemporary approach to reducing weight. Using an all new design and polymer, the device features a hollow collar that substantially minimizes weight. Engineered reinforcements ensure an exceptionally strong structure that provides the same level of safety as every HANS device. The reduced mass guarantees the lightest and most comfortable injection molded HANS ever.

    • SFI and FIA approved
    • Entry Level Pricing with the Same Safety Performance as Professional Series HANS Device
    • Sliding Tethers
    • Injection molded super structural thermoplastics
    • 20 degree
    • Weighs 600gms (Medium) / 650g (Large)

     

    HANS Device Adjustable FIA Medium

    HANS Device Adjustable FIA Large

     

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    • SFI and FIA approved
    • Device adjusts in 5 degree increments, from 10 to 40 degrees
    • Sliding Tethers
    • Injection molded super structural thermoplastics
    • Weighs 1085gms

     

    HANS Device Pro Ultra Carbon Fibre FIA 20 Degree Medium

    HANS Device Pro Ultra Carbon Fibre FIA 20 Degree Large

     

     

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    The Pro Ultra device applies lightweight construction of the Carbon Fiber Pro series to the modern new shape of the Sport II. The Ultra saves on weight and allows for easy entry and exit from the race car, even smaller tighter vehicles. The 100% carbon fiber construction features a hollow core for increased weight reduction without sacrificing strength.

     

    • SFI and FIA approved
    • 100% Carbon Fiber Construction
    • Sliding Tethers
    • Light Weight 644gms (medium)/ 734gms (large)
  • Back in Stock- Motamec Laser Wheel Alignment Tracking Gauges

    These Motamec laser tracking gauges are now back in stock, ideal for the home mechanic and race / rally teams, simple to use, works just like the Dunlop type tracking gauges!

    Buy it now: Motamec Tracking Gauges

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  • New TOLSEN tool brand added this week including VDE Line

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    Our newest tool brand Tolsen is now in stock, Tolsen are great value hand tools for professional and DIY use at a very competitive price. The yellow coloured tools are for general use and the red VDE Line range are insulated for use with live circuits up to 1000v.

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    The Tolsen tools range include a massive range of pliers, screwdrivers, hammers, socket sets etc. Professional quality hand tools at an affordable price. See our Tolsen Tools range

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    The VDE Line by Tolsen is a range of insulated hand tools fore use on 1000v live circuits. These are professional quality tools used world wide in the electrical trade. See our VDE Line range

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    The Tolsen VDE technical tools that carry the VDE-GS mark conform to the
    VDE regulations and comply with European or internationally harmonised
    standards. These electrical products are tested in a series of impact,
    electrical, insulation and other product property tests and comply with
    the safety requirements of the respective guidelines.

    Tolsen VDE Insulated tools that are marked with the symbol of the double
    triangle and the assigned voltage or voltage range are suitable for
    working on energised parts at the stated voltage.

    The Tolsen VDE insulated tools that comply with the IEC 60900:2004
    international standards are designed under a detailed set of rules and
    are subject to a series of specific tests for checking the electrical
    safety of the protective insulation.

    Best sellers:

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    Tolsen V12038 Insulated VDE Cable Sheers Wire Cutters 380mm

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    Tolsen V80320 20 Piece Insulated VDE 3/8 Drive Scocket Set MasterTool Kit

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    Tolsen V33212 12 Piece Insulated VDE Interchangeable Screwdriver Set Electrician

     

  • Check out this months new products, Oil catch tanks, sill stands, footrests...

     

     

     

    We have been working on some new products lately to add to our never ending range of motorsport parts, here's some of the latest stuff:

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    Motamec alloy rally car co-driver foot rest, available in plain aluminium or powder coated black. Top quality TIG welded footrest for your navigator.

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    Motamec Alloy Foot Rest BLACK

     

     

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    Motamec oil catch tanks, 1 litre capacity, with or without a breather cap. Complete with sight gauge and drain plug. Required for most motorsport events to prevent oil loss on race tracks, pits, service areas etc.

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    Motamec Oil Catch Tank with Cap

     

     

     

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    New design high speed rally wheel brace, WRC type with 19mm socket. Includes in car mounting bracket. Black powder coated finish.

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    WRC Works style sill stands, CNC machined pins, TIG welded steel frames with wheel nut trays. Two pin sizes available 20mm or 25mm. As used by professional race and rally teams.

    Motamec WRC Sill Stands 20mm

    Motamec WRC Sill Stands 25mm

     

     

     

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    Escort Mk2 Alloy centre console switch panel, replaces the original Ford plastic ash tray panel, very smart, TIG welded aluminium with punched and flared side holes.

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    New Escort mk1 or Mk2 alloy radiator to suit the Cosworth YB or Millington Diamond engine, has the correct top hose fitting for a neat installation. These Escort rally spec aluminium radiators come complete with mounting brackets for Spal fan. and a fan switch boss.

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