Jon Edwards is an engineer specialising in racing cars, rally cars and fast road cars. His skills include engine building, suspension design, cooling and fuel system design, fabrication and set up. Jon has undertakne everything from getting weight off a bare shell, building custom suspension and chassis components to taking the completed package to a circuit and set it up ready for competition.
Building an engine and the importance of good preparation “engine etiquette” was learnt with Goodman building Metro 6R4 engines.
Car handling and set up skills were learnt on the job racing in the Vecta Ford Championship for 11 years and working for TVR’s racing division building TVR race cars and their engines from scratch. Taking feedback from the drivers and translating it into race winning cars was part of the job and it is a skill Jon uses on JEMS customer’s cars.
Jon’s experience is vast, he has worked for UK Touring Car teams, Australian Touring Cars and has also worked on Drag Racing cars, European GT cars (with the focus on endurance as well as power) and Historic race and rally cars. Jon also worked for Knight Racing Services, the top V8 tuning company.
This Mk2 Escort is a regular overall winner and giant killer, regularly beating WRC machinery. JEMS work with Mayor Motorsport in the development of what has arguably become the best Mk2 Escort in the country.
Winners of the Tyneside Rally, the first National Rally win in a Mk2 Escort in 20 years.
Also winners, for two years running, of the Carlow MK2 Escort Challenge and 2nd overall, 1st in class on the Jim Clark National Rally.
For 2013 JEMS have updgraded the cars suspension with great results, finishing 4th overall on the first round of the MSA Asphalt Championship Tour of Epynt. They were the first Mk2 Escort among a top ten that otherwise comprised of World Rally Cars, four minutes ahead of the next Escort.
JEMS joined forces with Major Motorsport and Sith & Jones Engineering to build the best, new breed, wide track evo Mk2 Escort.
Individual experience gained from design, build, set-up and competition success was combined to provide the ultimate in Escort build and also associated products and services.
JEMS have been developing their 'big YB' for many years and it has now achieved a stunning 1010 bhp on the dyno.
Follow the link below for details of the work JEMS have performed on these fantasic rally machines.
JEMS produced the system as a kit for the Mk2 Escort. Using Reiger dampers the kits are custom produced to suit each car.
This engine produces an amazing 345bhp and 252ft.lbs of torque.
about how JEMS built a normally-aspirated YB in the February 2010 addition
of Classic Ford magazine.