This 1986 Ford Escort was originally purchased to compete in the Big Apple to Big Easy Rally. This is a cross-country road rally for cars that cost $500. The rally offers extra points if the engine is over 6.0L. So the owner decided instead of one big engine he would combine two. The motor in the front is a Zetec four-cylinder from a Ford Contour. The motor in the back is a FWD 4.6L Modular V8 from a 1997 Lincoln Continental. Both engines are running MegaSquirt II programmable EFI controllers. The automatic transmission being used on the V8 runs a MegaShift programmable controller.
The car ran with the two engine setup for a while before the owner decided to change direction. The decision was made to switch back to a single engine layout by removing the engine in front. This will improve fuel consumption, weight and engine cooling by relocating the V8 engine’s radiator to the front.