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I’ve seen a lot of old modified Ford Escorts in my time, but most of them respected their rally and track racing heritage. what or what Sebastian Sunfors Created with Mk2 in its final form is something else.

I say the final form, because in Sebastian’s 15 years with Escort, a number of forms have gone through, each engine swap taking the now high quality race car build to another level.

In the engine bay, Sebastian started with a 1.6-liter Ford Cross Flow before moving to a 2.0-liter OHC unit, then something completely different with the Nissan SR20DET. You’d think a Japanese turbo four-cylinder would be a perfect engine for the Escort, and that was until Sebastian came across something special for sale.


At this point, the escort itself was a far cry from the car that left the Ford plant in 1979. In fact, all that was left of the original chassis were the A, B, and C pillars, as well as part of the floor. The rest is built around a custom tubular frame with suspension geometry borrowed from the Nissan S chassis. The one-piece front fascia, molded rear hood, and doors are all fiberglass, while the roof panel is carbon fibre.


Carbon was also used in the front quarter fenders, boot wing, mirrors, and more. The lighting is all LED.

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As for the engine, Sebastian said goodbye to the SR20DET when the naturally aspirated BMW S14B25 EVO3 unit from the E30 M3 went on sale. In factory form, these high-speed 2.5-liter cylinders produce 235 horsepower, but thanks to forged Wössner pistons, Schrick cams, modified M5 throttle bodies, a DTM-specific carbon intake manifold and MoTeC engine management, Sebastian’s engine now produces 300 horsepower and 236 lb-ft.

There’s a dry sump system in use, and we can’t forget the exhaust either—the custom stainless steel system is finished with a Yoshimura motorcycle dual muffler.

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The driveline has also seen a major upgrade, starting with GearMotive’s five-speed BMW ZF S5D box and ending with a Volvo 740 finish with an Eaton Detroit Truetrac limited-slip differential. In the wheel department, Sebastian usually runs Compomotive CX split rims on slick tyres, but when I spotted the car it was sitting on its stowage setup.

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For the suspension, Sebastian went with custom-designed KW Competition coils with outer lockers and adjustable front and rear sway bars.

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The interior is pure racing car, completely stripped of its spacious round cage, Sparco Pro 2000 seats, adjustable pedal box, Momo steering wheel, AiM MXP Strada digital, and more. The firewall and transmission tunnel can be removed for easy maintenance.

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It’s hard to believe she’s looking at the car, but Escort combined so quickly with BMW’s engine setup that Sebastian had a short deadline for her debut at the 2018 Bilsport Performance & Custom Motor Show (AKA Elmia). He had a lot of support though; Wherever they can, Sebastian’s siblings Benjamin and Emmanuel help, his wife Cecilia add some fabric touches to the interior, and his good friend Mikael Oster takes care of all the carbon and fiberglass work.

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As far as a home garage project goes, the Sebastian Mk2 Ford Escort is right there with the best I’ve seen. Having done what he wanted with the escort, he’s moving on, but that doesn’t mean Sebastian is hanging up his tools. There’s already a new project on the go in his garage, and this one is based around the Ferrari 308 GTB. Wide body custom of course

Vladimir Lagadov
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