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Team Slot Ford Escort MKII RS2000 X-Pack Martini - Limited Ediiton
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Team Slot SRE22 Ford Escort MKII RS2000 X-Pack Martini - UK Limited Editon 400 units. RRP £60. Available next week.

This UK-exclusive limited edition car was announced by Staffs Slot Cars UK last year and is finally on its way from Spain, along with two Escort X-Pack road cars in Daytona Yellow (TMS13001) and Venetian Red (TMS13002).

       

The Martini car is modeled on Jay Gough's fabulous 1977 RS2000 that has featured at car shows and racing events over the past decade. Jay is part of the HT Racing group and the Escort has been his personal project since he bought it in 2006. The original car had the Zakspeed-inspired X-Pack body kit that was a very desirable factory option back in the late 70s. He has tweaked the car - restoring the front to a more typical slant-nose, compared to the flat front that had been added to the car at some point. Car show attendees and concours judges also drool over the engine bay - a work of art, with the 2.4 litre Pinto pushing out 240bhp, 0-60 in 4 seconds and a standing quarter mile in 13 seconds - Jay's RS2000 has been a regular at the Brighton Speed Trials.

Although the X-Pack body kit has been extended an inch or two here and there, Gough has resisted the temptation to stretch the boundaries too far. The changes are subtle and tasteful, allowing Team Slot to produce a superbly accurate model of the 21st-century Martini car alongside period X-Pack road cars and the forthcoming Zakspeed racing version.

   

Underneath the Team Slot body shell is a new chassis with extended wheelbase and wider front and rear track. The car is fitted with the new TS13 30k 'Taurus' motor in an anglewinder configuration. Paired with the wide aluminium rear hubs, this is going to be one fast car!

The Martini Gough car and two X-Pack road cars are due in the UK any day and will be with retailers in the next week. Pendles, MRE, Typhoon Slots & Models and Top Slots & Trains all have the car available on pre-order now.

Many thanks to Steve at Staffs Slot Cars UK for sending us the pictures and for commissioning this sensational slot car in the first place.
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