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Before news of the cancellation of Group B was made public in mid-1986, Ford had already begun working on the next “evolution” model of their RS200. It is sometimes referred to as the “RS200 Evolution” or “RS200E”, which is the fully upgraded version of the rally car Ford would have run in the 1987 WRC championship if Group B had not been disbanded. 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 rumoured 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 RX Championship to be driven by the Norwegian known as “Mister Rallycross”, Martin Schanche, to replace his ageing Ford Escort Xtrac special (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 it is rumoured that he might have partly converted his RS200 to the Xtrac system at some point. As the rallycross “horsepower war” raged on, the BDT-E engine was reportedly tuned to produce a hefty 650 BHP. For the final races, fierce competitors like Schanche were known to crank up the boost even more, which often saw the horsepower numbers surpass the 800 and 900 range.
Schanche’s RS200 also later received the “evolution” aero package which included a taller roof scoop to aid the intercooler get cool air and side NACA ducts in the quarter panels to augment rear brake cooling.
Martin Schanche would win the 1991 European Championship with the car. He would race his RS200E until the phasing out of Group B cars in rallycross at the end of the 1992 season.
|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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