Tuesday, July 11, 2017

1986 Ford RS200 Evolution

The Ford RS200 is a mid-engined, four-wheel drive sports car that was produced by Ford Europe from 1984 to 1986. The road-going RS200 was based on Ford's Group B rally car and was designed to comply with FIA homologation regulations. The new vehicle's design featured a plastic-fiberglass composite body designed by Ghia, a mid-mounted engine and four-wheel drive. To aid weight distribution, designers mounted the transmission at the front of the car, which required that power from the mid-mounted engine go first up to the front wheels and then be run back to the rear, creating a complex drive train setup.
Power came from a 1.8 litre, single turbocharged Ford-Cosworth "BDT" engine producing 250 horsepower in road-going trim, and between 350 and 450 horsepower in racing trim. A total of 24 of the 200 original cars were later converted to the high performance "Evolution" models
Able to run with (and often leave behind) more prestigious and expensive supercars of the day, the RS200 Evolution remains a highly sought-after collectible.

In 2015 a 1986 Ford RS200 Evolution was sold for $539,000 by Gooding.