Amidst the fury of 600bhp (447kW) Group B rally cars, Ford needed a serious competitor, so launched the 1984 RS200, 'RS' standing for Rallye Sport, while the number simply meant the amount produced. A year later, the factory's RS won I lie first rally event it entered, then came third in the World Rally Championship. In 1986, following horrific crashes in Portugese Rally in which spectators were killed, Group B rally cars were banned, but the RS200s continued to be used in motorsport and on the road. The RS used a mid-mounted four-cylinder with the transmission in the front axle. It used a built-in roll cage tied into large tubular subframes. The engine was the ultimate development of Cosworth's BD (belt-driven camshaft) all-alloy motor, with Garrett turbocharger, four valves per cylinder and dry sump lubrication. Road versions had 250bhp (185kW), competition 700bhp (522kW).
Ford RS200 Specifications
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