The Ford Escort Mk 2 was launched in 1975. It was a significant evolution compared to the Escort Mk 1 that debuted at Brussels Motor Show in January 1968. It used the reliable mechanical components as the Mk 1 but adopted a new design based on a squared-style look able to be in line with the aesthetic and stylistic taste of the 70’s. The product range was wide, declined in three body styles (2 doors, 4 doors and 3 doors estate), five type of engines and a significant variety of settings and configurations. The Escort Mk 2 was mainly produced in the Ford Group German plants and achieved a good commercial success. In addition to the more classic version, it was also released the Escort Sport version characterised by a more aggressive look and distinctive sport interiors. To compete successfully in the World Rally Championship, a dedicated model, the RS 1800, was introduced to complete the line-up. Successful results were achieved. The team Björn Waldegård / Hans Thorszelius, got second place in the world-famous Monte Carlo Rally in 1979 and won the World Rally Championship at the end of the year. The Motorsport team also achieved excellent results with the other team, ranked fifth in the Monaco 1979 sport event, formed by Hannu Mikkola and Arne Hertz.