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For Sale: 1981 Ford Escort Zakspeed racer

November 26, 2013

Although today’s cars offer some pretty incredible technologies, there isn’t much that can beat the pure sound and retro appeal of an old icon, such as this 1981 Ford Escort Denim Zakspeed racer.

1981 Ford Escort Zakspeed

With an extensive Group 4 racing history the Zakspeed Escort is considered a legend in some circles. It was originally raced by Jorgen van Ommen during the 1981 and 1982 seasons, including running successfully in the Hockenheim Revival and Zolder events.

Since its glory days the car has been fully restored from the ground up by JB Classic Racing GmbH in Germany. It’s now as ready as ever to go racing once again.

In the engine compartment sits a fresh 2.0-litre naturally aspirated Group 4 race-spec four-cylinder engine. It uses Lucas injection, double overhead cams, and a quad throttle inlet setup, producing a crisp 206kW – you can have a listen to the engine screaming in the video below.

1981 Ford Escort Zakspeed-2L engine

Other high-tech highlights include a five-speed manual race gearbox sending power to a 75 per cent locking limited-slip differential, four-piston Girling front brakes and ATE rear brakes, and a set of 15-inch era-matching BBS alloy wheels.

Underneath lies a full racing coilover suspension system with custom braces and cross members, a custom sump, and a high-pressure fuel system with a sophisticated boot-mounted fuel cell with braided lines. In other words, this is the real deal.

The car currently resides in Germany and is still owned by the buyer who originally acquired it from the Zakspeed team. It’s up for sale now priced at 175,000 euros (around AU$258,544). Head over to the rmd.be advertisement for more info.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.