From the very start the Mk2 was built with the Cosworth FVA motor and when it hit the track for the first time it beat the pair of Alan Mann Racing Mk2 Cortinas by a few days, making it the very first saloon car to race with an FVA motor (a motoring scribe wrote that the Mk2 had an FVC motor, which I do not agree with).
Cosworth list the FVC (2000cc) as being built from mid-1969, by which time Bernie Podmore was racing the Mk2 but fitted with a Lotus Twin Cam. In his book The Sporting Fords, Graham Robson quotes figures which would make the Mk2 almost 100kg heavier than the Mk1. That amount of mass makes a big difference if you are competing against a monster Galaxie or a highly modified Alfa GTA. This second Cortina also raced with the Y151 number but being heavy and somewhat less competitive, did not race for very long.
Again Peter flew to PE, this time to collect an Escort 1300cc GT that was white with red upholstery. The FVA was taken from the Cortina Mk2 and fitted into the Escort. It raced for the first time in 1968 at the Kumalo Circuit in Bulawayo in the then Rhodesia. Still with its maiden white paint, the car was numbered Y152 when it raced for the first time. With survivors from that period getting fewer by the day, I asked Basil van Rooyen and Geoff Mortimer if they could recall why the car was numbered Y152, but unfortunately neither of them could give an answer.