1. Reyland Escort Cosworth
Surely the UK’s most famous Escort Cossie, Martin Hadland’s ballistic Ford has done it all – broken the caravan towing world record, cracked 200mph at Bruntingthorpe and even took part in the Gumball 3000 back in 2004. With a highly tuned, 700bhp YB lump and a Skyline gearbox, it’s well deserving of its number plate – L100NY.
2. JAM-Sport RS Turbo
You thought Series 2 RS Turbos were all done? Think again! This mentalist RST was built by Ford tuning specialists, JAM-Sport and features a mighty 360bhp squeezed from the 1.6ltr Ford CVH lump. This makes it one of the most powerful Series 2s around. Fully stripped and featuring plastic windows and carbon-fibre goodies, it’s also quite the weapon on track!
3. Stevie Ross’ 850bhp Granada
A regular at Ten of the Best competitions, this Irish beast blends Ford and GM perfectly – with an 850bhp, supercharged LS1 V8 under the bonnet. This 201mph, 25-year-old retro rocket has the grunt to blow away Skylines, Evos and pretty much anything else that gets in its way. But aside from the wheels, bonnet vents and exhaust, this supercar- killing Ford looks like any other old Granny. Love it.
4. Rod Tarry’s 200mph Sapphire
One of the most impressive giant- killers ever built, Rod Tarry’s RWD Sapphire RS Cosworth would leave most supercars for dead. With a giant GT42R turbo and a serious amount of engine work, this thing is running over 860bhp and has hit over 200mph on an airfield – not bad for a 20+ year-old rear-drive Sierra!
5. Reyland Sierra Cosworth
We couldn’t leave out the Reyland Sierra. Owned by ex-Redline Magazine editor Renton Lewis and his mate Lee, this 23-year-old Ford may have been getting on a bit, but was still competitive in the 2007 Time Attack Series. With 0-60mph taking 3.5sec, a best quarter-mile time of 11.48sec and a top speed of 186mph, this 600+bhp Cossie could show most supercars the way home.
6. Ford Supervan 3
Ford invented the van tuning craze back in 1971 when they created the Supervan 1 complete with GT40 running gear. But it was the third version that really blew people away. The seven- eights scale fibreglass body was powered by a mid- mounted, Ford-Cosworth lump from a Benetton F1 car! With around 650bhp, it was a bit of a monster on track and is still around today, albeit with a lower- spec engine.
7. Mark Wenn’s 700bhp Mk3 Escort ‘1.3’
When it comes to bonkers fast Fords, you’ll have to go along way to beat Wenny’s Mk3 Escort. Dressed up like a boggo 1.3, it hides a mighty 700bhp Cossie YB lump under its unassuming bonnet. Add to this 4WD, plus a loon driving it and you’ve got one of the most extreme Fords ever built.