Ford was famous for its rally cars of the 1970s, and its RS2000 was the most prominent and successful European rally car of the era, and soon became a performance road car. It shared the basic mechanicals of other MkII Escorts, with MacPherson struts at the front and a live axle rear on leaf springs. Although lowered and uprated, little else was done to the suspension. Externally it was a different matter, with a small trunk spoiler, matt black fenders and grille, a sloping nose cone with spoiler and quad lights, and the classic Ford RS four-spoke alloys. The engine was a derivative of the American 'Pinto' unit, and was called such. Although used in other Fords, the RS got a slightly increased compression ratio and free-flowing exhaust so was more powerful. Inside it used Recaro seats with fishnet headrests and had a short-throw shifter which made gear-changing a blast.
Ford Escort RS2000 Specifications
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