Gartrac G3 Rally Escort

Ford had finished production of the Escort Mk2 and had unveiled the Mk3 which in standard form was front wheel drive, which at that time was not competitive for rally use. Gartrac decided to convert the Mk3 to rear wheel drive and use as many Mk2 parts as possible.


Goodyear Advert featuring G3 Escort Driven by Donald Heggie and Iain Mungall

G3 Escort Driven by Donald Heggie and Iain Mungall

1983 Gartrac G3 Rally Escort

Gartrac G3 Rally Escort

1983 Gartrac G3 Rally Escort

Gartrac G3 Rally Escort


The G3 had newly fabricated front chassis rails, a wider front track with repositioned top mounts which had the effect of moving the engine and gearbox backwards in relation to the wheelbase. Bespoke front cross member, TCA's and antirollbar were designed along with a compression strut system. A fabricated transmission tunnel was grafted through the centre of the car and four link suspension boxes were fitted at the rear with a wider atlas axle. It was powered by a 2.2 litre Ford Pinto engine, with twin-cam head developed by Cosworth.

1983 Gartrac G3 Rally Escort

1983 Gartrac G3 Rally Escort

The G3 was secretly tested at Boreham with the RS1700T that Ford was developing. It proved to be more than a match, lapping 3 seconds a lap faster around the test track.

The first car produced was prepared by Sydney Meeke Motorsport and driven by Billy Coleman and was very competitive from the outset, setting four fastest stage times on the Cork Rally. The G3 went on to win many domestic rallies and is still competitive to this day.

1983 Gartrac G3 Rally Escort

1983 Gartrac G3 Rally Escort