The BRAND NEW MST mk2 - is this the ultimate Ford Escort? Exclusive first drive

  • Published on Feb 20, 2021
  • When are classic Escorts not classic? When they are brand new! This is the MST Mk2, a completely new car with no Ford badges on it, built from the ground up in Wales. Jonny Smith gets the world exclusive first drive of this MST mk2 tarmac rally spec development car, equipped with 2.5-litre Duratec engine on throttle bodies, and reviews it around the spiritual home of the rwd rally Escort.
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    The Late Brake Show was invited to visit the MST HQ of Motorsport Tools - - which has been selling Escort and rally parts for over 10 years. Jonny saw the bare 'Escort' mk1 and mk2 bodyshells being constructed, poke around the MST mk1 that is nearly completed (complete with 270bhp BDG engine) and enjoy a rare day of perfect sunshine in the North Wales mountain roads.
    Head to for the full technical specs, but here is a run down of the MST Mk2:
    From £69,000 (ex VAT) Touring spec
    From £79,000 Fast Road / Track spec (as tested)
    From £89,000 Group-4 rally car
    From £98,000 Ultimate rally spec
    from £14,950 (ex VAT)
    Made using Magnum steel panels (Rochdale, UK)
    Type 49 with added strengthening.
    Optional 'tarmac rally' alloy arches (as tested)
    Optional weld-in roll cage
    Optional turreted rear suspension (as tested)
    200bhp 2.5-litre Ford Duratec (as tested)
    All alloy, Life Racing ECU, ATR billet throttle bodies, h/duty clutch, Simpson stainless exhaust, alloy radiator
    Optional 250bhp 2.0-litre BDG
    Optional 350bhp 2.5-litre Millington Diamond
    5-speed Ford Type 9
    6-speed Mazda MX-5 (as tested)
    Optional sequential (paddle or floor shift)
    Adjustable 2.25" Bilstein dampers (as tested)
    Optional WRC Ohlins or Rieger dampers
    Leaf spring stock rear with anti-tramp bars
    Optional 6-link Atlas motorsport axle (as tested)
    Optional Gripper Motorsport LSD
    Electric power steering
    High ratio 2.4 turn rack
    AP Racing 4-pot front disc
    AP Racing 2-pot rear disc
    Girling master cylinder
    Optional Hydraulic handbrake (as tested)
    Optional J Hook WRC spec
    Fuel system:
    12 gallon centrally mounted alloy race tank
    twin fuel pumps (optional)
    Wheels & tyres:
    Genuine Minilite 13, 15 or 17-inch
    Kumho Ecsta V70A
    Standard Mk2 Escort dimensions (1975-80)
    Length - 3975mm / 13ft 0.5"
    Width - 1696mm / 5ft 6.8"
    Height - 1409mm / 4ft 7.5"
    Wheelbase - 2400mm / 7ft 10.5"
    MST Cars Ltd. / Motorsport Tools UK Ltd. Is not authorised or otherwise affiliated with Ford Motor Company.
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    Filmed by: Nick Poole
    Edited by: Mark Hankins - @Inksharkman - InkShark Studio
    Thumbnail by: Matt Tarrant Design
    Thanks to the following:
    Tamiya UK for lending the new Tamiya MF01X Ford Escort MK.II Rally (MF-01X) radio controlled model. This is available to order from many model outlets now.
    The ‘Nant Gwrtheyrn Welsh Language Centre’, for permission to use their private road:
    Phlip Vaughan Films for the drone footage
    Adrian Flux Insurance for covering Jonny fully comp on the MST mk2 at short notice.
    Russell Lord of Lord of London
    Jonny Smith aka CarPervert
    Creative content maker, car presenter & car pervert for hire since '98
    Instagram: jonnycarpervert
    Twitter: carpervert

    #mk2escort #brandnewescort #mstmk2
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Comments • 70

  • Benjamin Lawrence
    Benjamin Lawrence 15 days ago +182

    As a mk2 escort owner, who better to watch a video of the new mst mk2 than Jonny, perfection 👌

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  • Tea72
    Tea72 9 hours ago

    Just need a 21 plate E30 not a bmw.

  • Catabatic Anabatic
    Catabatic Anabatic 13 hours ago

    Am drooling.

  • Neil's workshop Isaac
    Neil's workshop Isaac 13 hours ago

    I had two MK2 escort's and the best car ever made in my opinion. there is a call for a good basic car now without all the electric crap but not being negative petrol engine cars are being phased out ? God forbid, and electric cars will be the norm " depressing to think " But we need to keep these old car and bikes going for our own sanity. Neil

  • Craig leslie
    Craig leslie 17 hours ago

    Perfection of old and new. But £60-80k , well out of touch for the people who maybe had one as a teenager or wanted one.

  • michael dodd
    michael dodd 19 hours ago

    Did I just spot an ex msport recce car #volvo

  • David Ross
    David Ross Day ago

    You jammy get, great vid only need a lottery win now.

  • Elisa Verdina
    Elisa Verdina Day ago

    And I bet the red paint won't fade to pink like the old cellulose .

  • Tom Primrose
    Tom Primrose Day ago

    I think it’s all new

  • Tim Smith
    Tim Smith Day ago

    You’ve GOT to go back and drive that first Mk I when it’s complete!

  • dean kav
    dean kav Day ago

    My dream car ,But 69000 plus vat,i think id look for a original and perhaps put some money into that.

  • Blk Pig
    Blk Pig Day ago

    That's a sweet piece of kit. Tight ride ;D

  • peter leishman
    peter leishman Day ago

    Want one 😀

  • DanielChias67 Chias

    Yeah, 69´000 to 79´000 Pounds for a sardine can, come on !!!! For this money you got an original one.

  • Joshua Francis
    Joshua Francis Day ago +1

    Great idea but you still know youre not driving the genuine thing which spoils it for me but everyones different. I'd just much rather be driving a genuine Mk2 rs 2000 than this.

  • allan xxx
    allan xxx Day ago

    Will you still be able to order / buy one of these post 2030? As in is this a NEW car..

  • Nick Jennings
    Nick Jennings Day ago

    Really enjoyed that film, thanks

  • Pete Davis
    Pete Davis Day ago

    After watching this interesting video it occurred to me you may find it interesting to look in to the cars that Ford and Vauxhall, among others, built for Military and Police undercover units in the 1980’s, Vauxhall Cavaliers with Lotus engines and suspension etc also Ford Escort vans with Mexico underpinning etc to name a couple

  • automotive
    automotive Day ago

    Couldn't decide mk1 or mk2 , but id build it with a barra in it .
    Ya i know the firewall, no prob

  • wayne stone
    wayne stone Day ago

    Absolutely love the vision of rst and very happy it's materialised 🏆

  • Ben Tullett
    Ben Tullett Day ago

    This is actually a good idea as it will stop people converting standard Escorts into non genuine RS rally cars. It's a bit like the MGB, MG Midget and Mini heritage parts supply company but for Ford Escorts.
    By the way you need to be careful driving around North Wales as you might meet a little blue invacar driving around.

  • Sodham G'morris
    Sodham G'morris Day ago

    Pretty rad! If Ford cranked out base model Escorts today, people would buy them - but they are in reality going to stop building standard cars.

  • SarkyBugger
    SarkyBugger 2 days ago

    The Mk.1 is better looking.
    There. I've said it.

  • S Mal
    S Mal 2 days ago

    A great idea. Is it affordable for the majority though?

  • johnnymacf1
    johnnymacf1 2 days ago +1

    Holy crap. I need to remortgage the house!

  • Stuart Ferguson
    Stuart Ferguson 2 days ago

    just missing the rear window louvres

  • Darren Barlow
    Darren Barlow 2 days ago

    I would have it in Diamond Black with the Optional 350bhp 2.5-litre Millington Diamond engine, and also i want it fitted with an RS2000 Nose - Cone.

  • kawasaki kev
    kawasaki kev 2 days ago

    this is the car Ford should have built , they seriously missed the boat here . this is what we wanted ,not a fiesta RS not a Focus ,THIS and only this . fkin hell i wish i had the money for onr of these ,i've had 5 MK2's and a MK1 in the past , but i'd love one in the future too .

  • Chris Rogers
    Chris Rogers 2 days ago

    Damn I want one lol

  • MTM Motor Services
    MTM Motor Services 2 days ago

    loved this video, really interesting! great work! I WANT ONE

  • Paul Warrington
    Paul Warrington 2 days ago

    Are these rust proofed any better than the originals?

  • Alejandro Golt
    Alejandro Golt 2 days ago

    I watched a video of the 1967 motor show yesterday (worth watching) and I thought to myself, I wish those modern day designers would throw away all of their computors now because every car looks the same.. They'll never design another Mk1 Cortina or a 58 PA Cresta.. We are all driving around in wedges of cheese just to save 4 or 5 miles to a gallon.. There are two things in life that should never be wider at the rear.. Cars and women..

  • Thomas Chetwood
    Thomas Chetwood 2 days ago

    'Got to stop looking at the configurator now.' (sigh) ...'Put the phone in airplane mode and for goodness sake carry on presenting...' (groan)
    Car pervert perfection

  • Kid Karbon
    Kid Karbon 2 days ago

    Thought it was supercool till I saw it starts at £60k for a build

  • Lee Ford
    Lee Ford 2 days ago +1

    Oh my god jonny id by one tomorrow if I had deep pockets, fantastic content, loving the allegro project but this takes me way back, my 1st car was a 1972 two door 1300 mk1 escort, I paid £ 35 for it, and when I moved out of my mums at 17 I had nowhere to store so I gave it to my best mate, what a mistake, im now holding on to a 90s ford mondeo in rarish spec, struggling for funds to restore it but im not letting it go lol, need to get it on your cars of the people project channel, are you doing anymore of those, never done a video of myself or the car before, how do I get one to you? Loving the channel you car pervert you lol 😆

    • Lee Ford
      Lee Ford 2 days ago

      @The Late Brake Show thanks jonny 👍

    • The Late Brake Show
      The Late Brake Show  2 days ago

      Yes, we will do another Projects of the People Lee, fear not. Keep at it and try to preserve the Mondeo piece by piece.

  • BiNNzY5150
    BiNNzY5150 2 days ago

    Its times like these that i wish i wasn't skint.

  • RPA900
    RPA900 2 days ago +1

    "MST Cars Ltd. / Motorsport Tools UK Ltd. Is not authorised or otherwise affiliated with Ford Motor Company. " so how is it that the Ford lawyers are not all over this?

    • Ben Tullett
      Ben Tullett Day ago

      They would have had to ask permission I guess. I think as long as you don't fit the manufacturers logo they are ok with it. Ford have allowed other companies to produce replicas of their cars take the South African company who produce the Ford GT40 replicas.

  • Brian.
    Brian. 2 days ago

    oh my god, it's not a ford escort, oh dear what are we going to do now, I won`t be able to sleep tonight.

  • David Warren
    David Warren 2 days ago

    “Analogue cars..”. Love it. Wish I still had my MKII like the gold one at the start of the video🥺

    FARGO GEMINI 2 days ago

    I’d definitely go mk1

  • miles Jackson
    miles Jackson 2 days ago

    My only gripe is it's way way out of my price range. I'm sure they could charge a lot less than 17 grand for a body shell wouldn't it be nice if they did. Perhaps the price is justified as I know what kind of machinery is needed I assume that they remade the tooling for the presses and I've worked alongside toolmakers as a sheet metal worker and I know that would have been many many man hours of blood sweat and tears.

  • RussellR Renshaw
    RussellR Renshaw 2 days ago

    New cars don't crumple and kill you !

  • Martin Geißler
    Martin Geißler 2 days ago

    Wow, just wow i love it!

  • miles Jackson
    miles Jackson 2 days ago

    THIS IS INCREDIBLE Please do the same with CAPRI'S someone !!!! (Capri Club International should look at this )

  • Thomas Lord
    Thomas Lord 3 days ago

    Needs an old school black n silver plate.. looks half with a 70 reg on it

  • shaun wafer
    shaun wafer 3 days ago

    Fantastic cars. Just need my lottery ticket to come in and I’ll be ordering one👍🏻

  • itchywitchy
    itchywitchy 3 days ago

    Great video, that MK1 is a thing of beauty, what a machine!

  • Ian Bendall
    Ian Bendall 3 days ago +3

    Love it, love it, love it. I can’t stop watching this. Christ......I’m 18 years old again.

  • lavawolf666
    lavawolf666 3 days ago

    put a k20 . get m-k-2-0

  • Mark's Cars
    Mark's Cars 3 days ago

    Jewel-like engineering on display, and presented so naturally. Deeply impressive.

  • carl arthur
    carl arthur 3 days ago

    That car looks as cool 😎 as they did when they where first made , I passed my test in a Mk1 1600 G T in the early 70s , Fords at the time had great cars out I owned quite a few in my life , Escort Mk 2 , Cortina Mk 1 & a Mk 5 , Ford Granada 2litre , and a Ford Corsair V4 2 Litre . Love the video and who wouldn't love all these Fords .

  • Andrew Lister
    Andrew Lister 3 days ago

    Great presentation about a great subject. It looked highly emotional for you.

  • Shad Quirk
    Shad Quirk 3 days ago

    Only 200bhp from a seriously custom 2.5 litre Duratec?

  • generalexhibition
    generalexhibition 3 days ago

    111 people are ticked off they can't afford one

  • Simon Anderson
    Simon Anderson 4 days ago

    "one of them" no big deal

  • Sat S
    Sat S 4 days ago

    All for it but how legit is this?
    How is it not a Q plate?

  • Eugene Pillay
    Eugene Pillay 4 days ago

    I had 2 sports 2 doors...piece of crap...I know. they just went better with a 20xe engine....bullet proof

  • FtangFtang
    FtangFtang 4 days ago

    Loved this video, really enjoy your content, and want to see a lot more of it so please take this in the most positive way possible. It gave me the shivers to see someone driving a fully caged car with a standard seatbelt and no helmet. I’m not a health a safety nut - my weekend car is open topped, minimal roll over protection and no driver aids - but driving a caged car like that you’re just a minor prang away from head-butting the roof bar over the driver’s door. Just not worth it.

  • robotmad
    robotmad 4 days ago

    Wow fab. defo needs that ford badge on the front grill though.

  • Broo_sh
    Broo_sh 4 days ago

    Bloody Hell I Want One

  • Kramnam
    Kramnam 4 days ago +1

    Carwyn! Lol! Perfect

  • andrew wootton
    andrew wootton 4 days ago

    This is so cool. My first car was a Mk1 and i wish i still had it. These may sound pricey but look at what you can pay for top condition Mk1/Mk2 RS models. Damn sexy ( the cars) !

  • flyboypss
    flyboypss 4 days ago +1

    I just want one :-)

    EVIL GT 4 days ago

    I would love to buy a MK1 of these guys!!!!!!!

  • xetexuk12
    xetexuk12 4 days ago

    Fantastic! As a lover and owner of many mk2 escorts, these are very interesting. Wonderful.

  • Peter Quinn
    Peter Quinn 4 days ago

    Favourite car on the planet - ever. (mk2)

  • Ben Thompson
    Ben Thompson 4 days ago

    Finally a recreated classic that isn’t £200,000 to buy and then add options
    You would have more fun in one of these on the road over a Ferrari or a Lamborghini any day

  • Baron von Limbourgh
    Baron von Limbourgh 4 days ago

    Are they going to do an electric version?

  • fourocker
    fourocker 4 days ago

    This is bloody great, I'm so sad I live in Australia and don't have access to order one as a kit and build it myself, used to have a 4 door mk2 and really loved it.

  • Ian Mangham
    Ian Mangham 4 days ago

    Optional 250 horse lmso😄 that's some awesome power to weight ratio, as much as l'd like one there's no fkn way I could spend over 60k on any car , I'm far too poor/lower working class chav yob for that lmmfao smmfh 😄😎🙋 great channel Johnny mate