Before news of the cancellation of Group B was made public later in 1986, Ford had already begun working on the second “evolution” model of their RS200. It is sometimes referred to as the “RS200 Evolution” or “RS200E”, but is in fact the second evolution version of the rally car. A few lucky examples were reported to have been converted to the new spec before the project was cancelled. Some had only the “evolution” engine implanted, while a rumored 4 units got the full package that also included slightly revised aerodynamics.
Such a RS200E (engine upgrade only) was bought by Ford of Norway and entered into the 1987 European Rallycross Cup by Norwegian “Mister Rallycross” Martin Schanche to replace his aging Ford Escort Xtrac (to which he is credited in large part for helping the creation of the Xtrac four wheel drive system). Schanche was known to largely fiddle with his cars, replacing parts with his own creations, so the car might have been partly converted to the Xtrac system at some point. The car also later received the “evolution” aero package. Schanche would win the 1991 European Championship with the car. He would race it until the phasing out of Group B rallycross cars at the end of 1992.
|Group/Class||Formula A – Division 2||Championships: 1 (1991)|
|Type||BDT-E, I-4, DOHC 16v, gas||located centrally (mid engine) longitudinal at 23o|
|Output power – torque||650+ HP @ – rpm (claimed)||– lb-ft @ – rpm|
|Materials||block: aluminium||cylinder head: aluminium|
|Ignition||electronic / firing order 1-3-4-2|
|Lubrication system||dry sump with 3 oil pumps|
|Type||four wheel drive||5 speed transaxle gearbox mounted in the front with a second driveshaft to power the rear wheels|
|Clutch||Fichtel & Sachs twin plate|
|Type||Aluminum honeycomb lower chassis with carbon glass aramid composite upper structure and steel roll cage. Front & rear high strength alloy subframes. 2 door coupe plastic composite, carbon glass aramid epoxy composite bodyshell and bonnets, with plastic composite bumpers|
|Front suspension||double wishbones with twin coil springs and twin cocentric dampers, blade-type adjustable anti-roll bar|
|Rear suspension||double wishbones with twin coil springs and twin cocentric dampers, blade-type adjustable anti-roll bar and toe control link|
|Steering system||rack and pinion||12:1|
|Dimensions (based off the rally car)|
|length: 4000 mm (157.5 in)||width: 1785 mm (70.3 in)||height: 1321 mm (52.0 in)|
|wheelbase: 2530 mm (99.6 in)||front track: 1502 mm (59.1 in)||rear track: 1497 mm (58.9 in)|
|Rims – tires||N/A|
|Dry/Unladen Weight||960 kg (2,115 lb) *estimated|
|Fuel tank||25 liters|
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