Rotary-Engined Ford Escort Runs 7-Second Quarter Mile

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Judging by production numbers alone, the Mazda RX-7 is no Toyota Corolla with less than one million units sold. However, we know a bunch of people that would have an RX-7 over much more popular sportscars, including the Porsche 944.
It wasn’t awfully fast, but a few tweaks would quickly turn the RX-7 into quite a monster. It’s been a while since we’ve seen one of these coupes at the drag strip, but we have something more interesting to show you today. It’s not exactly a Mazda, but it has a 13B rotary turbo engine.

And guess what, it’s not even a Japanese car. It’s an Australian spec second-generation Ford Escort fitter with skinnies at the front and fatties at the rear. Yes, the kind of dragster you only get to see Down Under.

This modified British vehicle is now able to pull 7-second quarter mile times without trying to hard, with its best performance at the Sydney Dragway earlier this week set at 7.64 seconds and 181 miles per hour. Power ratings? Not important!

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Ask Ciprian about cars and he'll reveal an obsession with classics and an annoyance with modern design cues. Read his articles and you'll understand why his ideal SUV is the 1969 Chevrolet K5 Blazer.
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