Ford Escort Engine Swap in 42 Seconds

It’s got to be seen to be believed. This shows off the impressive skills of five Royal British Marines out of Portsmouth who practiced for two straight weeks. As nerve wracking as it may be to go from practice to the real thing – these five mechanics worked well in sync. All that tough work paid off! It almost took as long to get that Ford Escort across the finish line than it did to swap the engine! For their efforts, these gentlemen managed to make it in the hallowed Guinness Book of World Records for their swift moves. But it has everyone asking – which cars are the best for engine swapping?

Turns out – it’s a break between the Volkswagen Beetle and vehicles like the classic Ford Escort. But really, swapping out an engine like that was really only possible back in the world of non-computerized vehicles. Now, there’s certainly a lot more to swapping out an engine – world records aside. For those curious, folks like Steve Muller of the UK are still trying to push that envelope. Steve demonstrates his team’s uncanny ability to take out a classic ’69 Volkswagen beetle engine and slap a new one in with time to spare.

One of the tricks? Clamping the fuel lines. It’s a little detail like that which can turn a routine engine swap into a mess. These guys are expert VW mechanics who are intimately familiar with both the Beetle and the VW line of vehicles in general. After all – the same company which engineered one of the most iconic economy cars has a main market share in high end performance SUVs like the V10 Touareg. Sorry, Europe. The Touareg V10 won’t be getting featured on a record breaking engine swap any time soon as it tops European emissions standards. Unfortunate because it’s such a beast of a car.

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But it’s not just the Brits that seem to have a penchant for high speed engine swaps. A South African club is getting in on the action. In this post, VW engine swap enthusiasts