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Mark George Blog - The Ugly Duckling Becomes a Swan


Mark George shares his plans for his beloved Ford Sapphire Cosworth before taking us under the bonnet.

“I’m going to restore all the underneath over winter, powdercoat the bottom arms and suspension so it’s the same colour as the top. My mate’s done it and it looks mint.” As he says that you can a picture him, arms crossed, face glowing with pride as fellow enthusiasts coo into an under car show display mirror.  By then the ugly duckling may just have emerged as motorsport’s late-developing graceful swan."

Take a look under tbhe bonnet and see if you share Mark's passion:



Harvey Gibbs 2l, 16v turboengine
Lightened and balanced bottom endWRC pistons
Forged rods
BD 10 inlet cam
BD14 outlet cam
Vernier cam pulleys
Grey injectors
T34.48 turbo peaking 30 psi and holding 28 psi
Polished and ported head with big valves , three angle seats and ARP bolts
70mm RS 500 intercooler
60mm alloy radiator
Turbo cooler, swirl pot alloy breather, alloy oil catch tank, alloy header tank, polished rocker cover, Group A coil, P8 ECU with chip live mapped
Samco boost and coolant hoses
Uprated fuel pump
Power: 420bhp (est)



Borg Warner T5 gearbox with big tooth gear kit, AP paddle clutch, gripper plated LSD


Full Koni set with Ahmed Bayjoo springs, front strut brace
Full poly brush kit


Front: Brembo 6 pot calipers with 362mm discs and alloy bells,
Rear: standard 4x 4 calipers and discs


8 x 18” Compomotive MO 6 motorsport wheels with Falken 215x35/18 high performance tyres


Black Raven leather trim
Ford racing gauges
Wideband air/fuel ratio gauge
RS4 spoke steering wheel
RS owner floor mats
Kenwood stereo with USD JBL front and rear speakers with Audiobahn subwoofer and Alpine amp
New head lining


Moonstone Blue respray (x2)
RS 5o0 splitter
Morette twin headlights

Image: Lars Christian Evenrud (via Wikimedia)


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