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Basic Escort Cabrio fitted with RS Turbo bodykit

This is a long term project on which we have tested and developed a number of new products. This vehicle started life as a very plain Mark 3 Escort Cabriolet.

Unremarkable in all aspects the car is black, with a 1.6i engine.

 

The car had been fitted with a Mark 4 RS Turbo bodykit (genuine), and some stick-on bonnet vents. The 15" wheels suited the car, but it was still like a thousand others. 

The basic car ready to receive the WRC goodies.

The customers brief was to make the car stand out from the crowd - fit the FULL World Rally Car Package, and a Mark 4 front end conversion!

None of the parts that were to finally end up on this car were designed to fit it - except the rear bumper!!. Parts to be used include: Mark 4 Turbo bonnet, Clio bonnet bulge, Cosworth/WRC style front wings, Mark 4 scuttle panel, twin headlights, WRC front bumper, Cosworth/WRC side skirts, Cosworth/WRC rear wings, Cosworth/WRC style rear bumper, WRC style rear spoiler, Smooth door skins, M3 style wing mirrors.

In addition we were asked to smooth and shave as much as possible, and this included removing both door handles and locks, removing the two styling lines from the doors, and rear wings, blending the headlights into the wings, blending the bonnet bulge into the bonnet, removing the vents from the wings, fitting invisible front indicators, and welding up the aerial hole.

This is a lot of work, given that the car was pretty tired when it came in and almost every product required major modifications to fit.

The first job is to strip the car, removing all parts that are not required. This left the car looking rather bare.

Escort Cabrio ready to receive WRC bodykit

Escort Cabrio ready to receive WRC kit

So we started to add some of our magic. As with all projects, it started to look worse long before it started to look better.

 

 

Here the wing has been bonded on The rear wing has been bonded on

In these photos you can see the fibreglass rear bumper, arches, sideskirts, wings, and the smooth door skins. The headlight pods have been fitted and are being blended in.

 

The WRC kit has been fitted and is being prepared

The WRC kit has been fitted and is being prepared

The next stage is the very lengthy process of flatting, and filling minor imperfections, before priming the car, and sanding it down again and again, until it is right. This takes time, patience and skill. All are needed in large quantities. After which the car can be painted and the long careful process of refitting starts.

The doors are back on, but there is much refitting to do.

Even once the paintwork is completed the hard work does not stop. The car must still be flatted and polished, lights, seals, grills and a hundred other parts require very careful refitting.

 

 

Basically finished except for refitting

M3 style mirrors fitted to WRC Convertible

The Full Mirage WRC package in all it glory

The full Mirage WRC package plus M3 mirrors, and Clio bonnet vent

The Twin Headlights have been flush fitted as have many other components.

Clio Bonnet Bulge looks great especially in conjunction with the RS Turbo bonnet and vents.

Indicators have been re-located into the headlights, and a small side repeater in the bumper, so add to the shaved look of the rest of the car.

 

The Full Mirage WRC Package.

The Convertible WRC Tailgate spoiler.

World Rally Car style bootlid spoiler is a special Cabriolet one.

The taillights are a one-off for this particular customer.

Smooth door skins, have had handles removed, and styling lines removed.

Rear Wings and side skirts are also special Cabriolet variant.

Mirage World Rally Car Convertible Package

Mirage Doorskins and M3 mirriors, for Mark 4 Escort.

Escort Convertible World Rally Car Bodykit

WRC Convertible Bootlid Spoiler

 

This car has been seen at many shows, and was featured in Fast Car in Spring 2001, albeit with larger wheels.

   

                  

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