1986 Ford RS200 EVOSOLD

Ford RS 200 EVO

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This 087 chassis RS 200 EVO car was originally sold to Page Stevens / George Stauffer via Dan Ripley of Pleasurable Developments around November 1988. It was then sold to a collector in Southern California. The car has never been raced and has never been modified, and is in show quality factory perfect condition having only been driven 2600 miles.

650 Horse Power
2,315 Lbs.
0-60 in 2 seconds!

Reference Number 7319

as of 2/20/2007

Overview
Car 1986 Ford RS200 EVO
VIN SFACXXBJ2CGL00087 
Exterior / Interior Color      White /      Red 
Condition Pristine 
Transmission Manual Shift 
Options Competition: Racing Seats 
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Known History

This Ford RS 200 EVO is one of only 24 factory EVO’s produced. Two hundred cars were constructed for homologation requirements and a select number (24) were modified and delivered as a 650 hp, Evolution models “RS 200 EVO” weighing only 2,315 lbs! This model was built to be fast, 0 to 60 in 2+ seconds or 0 to 100 in 5.5 sec. In 1984 Ford gathered together a mix of talented engineers and designers to build a Group B rally car to compete against the likes of the Porsche 959. The result was a car of shattering performance and brute beauty. The cars were ultimately too expensive and too fast and the Group B program was canceled.

 

Conceived purely as a Group B rally car, the Ford RS200 was unveiled at the November 1984 Turin Motor Show. The work of ex-F1 designer Tony Southgate and ex-F1 engineer John Wheeler. Unlike most other Group B rally cars, the RS200 was designed to be a practical two seat road cr which could be serviced in any country where Ford hasd outlets. Thus items such as door locks and glassware came from Ford parts bin, as a mater of policy rather than expediency. It’s advanced chassis incorporated a central aluminum monocoque cell with detachable subframes fore and aft. Suspended by double wishbones and twin-coil over shock absorbers, each wheel was fed power by a highly sophisticated Ferguson Formula (FF) system. Using a combination of three viscous couplings and a centre diff lock etc, it allowed the torque split between the front and rear wheels to be varied on the move. Thus, a driver could switch from a 37:63 bias to a 50:50 one halfway through a stage! Powered by a mid-mounted turbocharged 1803cc four-cylinder BDT engine, the RS200 carried its five-speed gearbox up front. While, this arrangement necessitated two propshafts, it also contributed to the car’s excellent weight distribution. Clad in Ghia-styled but Reliant-built ‘clamshell’ glassfibre bodywork (though the cut-down doors and windscreen were Sierra sourced), a delay in production meant that the 200 cars necessary for homologation were not completed until February 1986. Debuting at the Swedish Rally, the RS200 managed a highly credible third place overall.

 

The original production car produced 380bhp ‘Works’ tune, the Ford was perhaps 50bhp down and 100kg up on spaceframe racers such as the Peugeot 205 T16 and Lancia Delta S4. Although, this did not stop Stig Blomqvist and Grundel taking it in turns to lead the Acropolis Rally before both succumbing to mechanical maladies, it did encourage the Blue Oval to sanction an Evolution version. Obeying the FIA’s stipulation that any such run should represent at least 10% of total production, rally team manager Stuart Turner duly converted 24 of the original 200 to Evo specification. With their BDT engines bored out to 2.1 liters (the class limit), these modified RS200s claimed an incredible 650bhp. Carrying less weight, better brakes and stronger suspension than the original ‘Works’ cars, they promised to dominate the 1987 season. Sadly, it was never to be as Ford withdrew from Group B rallying following Lancia driver Henri Toivenen’s death on the 1986 Tour de Corse. Denied an international stage, the RS200 Evolution remains one of rallying greatest ‘What Ifs’ (though, they would go onto decimate various lesser formula).