Looking like one of the ordinary Escorts, the RSI600 certainly didn't shout about its potential the way modern rally winners do, though it was very successful. Ford had used the 1968 Escort Twin Cam to replace the Lotus Cortinas and a competition version of the car won the Finland 1000 Lakes Rally that year and the following two seasons. In 1970 Ford homologated a Cosworth-engined, 16-valve version of the regular Escort, using the Twin Cam's reinforced bodyshell, negative camber plates on the strut front suspension, plus lowered and uprated rear leaf springs. Larger 5.5xl3-inch (139x330mm) steel rims were fitted, though many were changed for Minilite magnesium rims. The engine was based on the cast-iron Cortina block, but with alloy head, twin camshafts, 16 valves and 10:1 compression. Twin Weber carbs and an oil cooler re-located the battery in the trunk.
Ford Escort RS1600 Specifications
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