Escort XR3 Perana


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Escort XR3 Perana

The Escort XR3 Perana is, sadly, not well remembered despite being very competitive on the track.

This car was unlike the earlier Peranas because the engine was not changed. Instead the conversion consisted of two twin-choke Weber 36 DCD carburettors with Basil Green developed air cleaner, inlet and exhaust manifolds.

Despite the apparent simplicity of this conversion, the performance of the Escort XR3 was transformed, knocking 1.6 seconds off the 0-100 km/h (62mph) time and adding 16 km/h (10 mph) to the top speed.

The Car magazine road test of January 1993 put this into perspective by comparing the XR3 Perana to the 3 litre Ford Cortina XR6 and the standard XR3:

Cortina XR6XR3 PeranaStandard XR3
0-60 km/h4.1 sec4.3 sec4.7 sec
0-80 km/h6.3 sec6.4 sec7.3 sec
0-100 km/h9.5 sec9.6 sec11.2 sec
1km sprint31.3 sec31.3 sec33.1 sec
Top speed182.0 km/h183.1 km/h167.3 km/h

Later a five speed version was also produced.