The 400hp Mazda-powered Ford Escort Mk2 - A real labour of love

Here's a story to bring a petrol-based tear to your eye. Cape Town-based Pierre has owned this car since he was just 15 years old, and he's been working on it pretty much every day since.

Friends and family have been roped in to help him turn it into the gem it is today. With a 2.0-litre Mazda EGI engine-swop and a questionably large turbocharger, this super lightweight Mk2 Escort is an absolute rocket.

Over the years it has burned through clutches and it's on its second turbo, but that's never affected the love affair between Pierre and his car. Even his mom loved it, as you'll find out in the video.

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