Tuesday, July 9, 2013

1986 Ford RS200 / RS200 Evolution

The Ford RS200 is a mid-engined, four-wheel drive sports car produced by Ford of Great Britain from 1984 to 1986. Out of the 200 units of RS200 made to comply with FIA homologation regulations, only 24 units were later converted to the "Evolution" models.The Evolution models have lightweight aluminum chassis, clothed with a simple white gel coat body designed by Ghia. Powered by a special BTD-E 2.1 liter engine equipped with a massive turbo to the effect of 420 bhp, each was easily identified by the much larger air scoop that houses the large air/air intercooler. Depending on boost, the engine could produce a remarkable 580 bhp at 8000 rpm. Tagged in 1986 as 'the fastest accelerating car in the world', a RS200 Evo achieved the 0-62mph (100kph) Guinness world record time of 3.07 seconds, a figure that stood for twelve years! One copy of the Evolution model was auctioned off for $159,500 in 2011. (wikipedia & supercars.net)

RS200 Evolution

24 units made.


200 units made. 24 units were later converted to the "Evolution" models. The road-going RS200 was based on Ford's Group B rally car and was designed to comply with FIA homologation regulations, which required 200 road legal versions be built. Featuring a plastic/ fiberglass composite body designed by Ghia, a mid-mounted engine and four-wheel drive. The cars were built on behalf of Ford by Reliant, for its expertise in producing fibreglass bodies.

Power came from a 1.8 litre, single turbocharged Ford/Cosworth "BDT" engine producing 250 hp(190 kW) in road-going trim, and between 350 and 450 hp (340 kW) in racing trim; upgrade kits were available for road-going versions to boost power output to over 300 hp (220 kW). (wikipedia)

(Photos from supercars.net, autowp.ru, classicdriver.com, classiccarsmagazine.co.uk, 
nickwhalesportscarsdirect.co.uk, bold ride.com, topspeed.com  & flickr.com)

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