12 March 2011
1986 Ford RS200 Evolution
Sold for $159,500
- Chassis no. SFACXXBJ2CGL00087
- One of only 24 RS200 Evolutions built
- Designed to compete in the ultra-competitive Group B rally series
- Held the Guinness record for “fastest accelerating car in the world” for 12 years
With the advent of Group B rally racing, Ford set out to develop a rear-wheel drive, turbo-charged variant of their MK III Escort, dubbed the Escort RS 1700T. However, after development problems, Ford was forced to abandon the project. Not wanting to simply write off the cost of the failed 1700T, Ford executives decided to make use of the lessons learned to build an all-new, purpose-built rally car. In order to compete with the likes of the Lancia Delta S4 and the Audi Quattro S1, they decided the new vehicle should also feature four-wheel drive.
In 1984 the RS200 was a unique design, featuring a composite/fiberglass body styled by Filippo Sapino at the Ghia Design Studio. Formula One designer Tony Southgate designed the chassis along with help from former F1 engineer John Wheeler. With a mid-mounted 1.8-liter Cosworth “BDT” engine and its transmission in the front, the RS200 was often considered to have the most balanced platform of its contemporary competitors.
FIA homologation rules dictated that at least 200 of these monsters be built. Of those 200, only 24 were set aside and converted into sacred “Evolution” models. The Ford RS200 Evolution received uprated suspension, brakes and a larger 2.1-liter version of the Cosworth powerplant. At full boost, the RS200 can tear up the tarmac with nearly 600 bhp and hit 60 mph in just over 3 seconds.
This particular white RS200 is in very good condition with only 5,557 kms showing. Some minor stone pitting on the front end is the only sign of wear. The one thing separating this RS200 from a Group B rally car is the interior, which has been comfortably trimmed by Tickford. The interior has been fitted with grey carpeting, door inserts, red Sparco seats and a matching red leather XR3i steering wheel. Bidder beware – zero-to-sixty sprints in three seconds are not for the faint of heart!
AddendumPlease note that since going to print, RM has learned that this RS200 Evo was originally sold to Page Stevens/George Stauffer around November 1988, before being sold to a southern California collector. We are informed that it has never been raced. Its excellent condition and low mileage certainly support this.
Also note, this vehicle may not meet all states emissions and safety requirements.
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