Probably the best updated Mk 2 that I have ever seen; essentially an X308 R under the skin, used regularly by Neil, its owner and builder, very professional, and a credit to him.
The engine is a lovely installation and as you say a credit to him . For me Personally its the rest I could do without, it takes me back to the Seventies and the early Eighties when I used to muck around with Flat Fronted Mk2 Escorts and Renault 5 Turbos attempting to wring the maximum from the minimum , the Renaults in particular were a lot of fun as they would literally blow up whilst you were driving them especially if they were both Chipped and on Nitrous Oxide . Our good Friend the Engineer will no doubt be shaking his Head but the issue for me was always the uprating of clutches and gearboxes to cope with additional power then of course if you fitted wider wheels then the next issue was additional stress on the Suspension Components and all against the Backdrop of meeting a capable Traffic Policeman who put two and two together and realised you probably weren't insured for these " upgrades " and impounded the car till you could prove otherwise . I often wonder when I see all these kids parked up taking Drugs which of us was a greater threat to Society . This bloke with the MK2 however has created a " Special " and all credit to him for that , I wonder though when I look at the car if he is happy with those Front Wheel Arches ?
Having met the builder recently at Warwick, I would say that he is very happy with his creation, as I would be, were it mine. It needs the wider track, and the brakes of the X308 to exploit the potential of the car. Generally I find functional solutions aesthetically pleasing. The car is so practical that he tows a caravan with it.