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1986 Ford RS200

Ford began development of a rear-wheel drive, turbo-charged version of their MK III Escort (the Escort RS 1700T) for the new Group B rally racing series. As is often the case, development problems arose which ultimately forced Ford to abandon the project. Instead of simply writing off the costs of the failed 1700T, Ford executives made the decision to go in a different direction, and build an all-new, purpose-built rally car. This new vehicle would go head-to-head with the Lancia delta S4 and the Audi Quattro S1 - meaning the new car would require four-wheel drive.

The RS200 was given a composite/fiberglass body styled by Flippo Saprino at the Ghia Design Studio. Formula One designer Tony Southgate designed the chassis along with help from former F1 engineer John Wheeler. Mounting the 1.8-liter Cosworth 'BDT' engine in the middle, and placing the transmission in the front, gave the RS200 excellent balance, even better than its competition.

Complying with FIA homologation rules, Ford planned to build a minimum of 200 examples. 24 of those were given serious upgrades, and dubbed 'Evolution' models. The RS200 Evolution received uprated suspension, brakes and a larger 2.1-liter version of the Cosworth powerplant. At full boost, the RS200 has nearly 600 horsepower and can race from zero-to-sixty in just over 3 seconds.


by Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2017
1986 Ford RS200 vehicle information

Evolution Coupe

Chassis Num: SFACXXBJ2CGL00087

This white RS200 is one of those rare Evolution models and has just 5.557 kilometers. The interior has grey carpeting, door inserts, red Sparco seats and a matching red leather XR3i steering wheel. ....[continue reading]

1986 Ford RS200 vehicle information

Evolution Coupe

Chassis Num: 106

The Ford RS200 was unveiled to the public in 1984 and built in limited numbers. These purpose-built cars were conceived by Ford Motorsport and were an engineering tour de force. They had an advanced four-wheel drive system, a turbocharged Cosworth en....[continue reading]

1986 Ford RS200 vehicle information

Coupe
Coachwork: Tickford
Designer: Ghia

Chassis Num: SFACXXBJ2CGL00133

The Ford RS 200 was the company's attempt at producing a worthy competitor for the Group B rally class. The RS 200, which stands for 'Rally Sport, 200 built' was the brainchild of Ford U.K. Motorsport director, Stuart Turner. Prior to this, the Ford ....[continue reading]

1986 Ford RS200 vehicle information

Evolution Coupe

Chassis Num: SFACXXBJ2CGL00084

Ford UK Motorsport director, Stuart Turner, was the brainchild behind the RS 200 (for Rallye Sport - 200 examples were built). Ford's RS 200 was their entry at contesting the Group B rally series. Their prior entry was the rear-wheel driven, front-en....[continue reading]

1986 Ford RS200 vehicle information

Evolution Coupe

This 1986 Ford RS 200 Evo is the car that dominated the British Rally Cross and brought Mark Rennison the Championship.....[continue reading]

Evolution Coupe
Chassis #: SFACXXBJ2CGL00087 
Evolution Coupe
Chassis #: 106 
Coupe by Tickford
Chassis #: SFACXXBJ2CGL00133 
Evolution Coupe
Chassis #: SFACXXBJ2CGL00084 
Evolution Coupe
 

Related Reading : Ford RS200 History

The Ford RS200 was designed to comply with FIA homologation regulations and based on Fords Group B Rally car. Homologation rules stated that 200 examples of road going version must be created in order to compete in rally racing. The vehicle was so perfect that it held the Guinness Book of Records for being the worlds fastest accelerating car. The vehicle was created by Ford of Britain. It....
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189,236
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196,133
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