RX Ford RS200E – Martin Schanche

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FORD RS200 – EVOLUTION II RX (Martin Schanche)

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.

SPECIFICATIONS

Group/Class Formula A – Division 2 Championships: 1 (1991)
Years Active 1987~1992
Engine
Type BDT-E, I-4, DOHC 16v, gas located centrally (mid engine) longitudinal at 23o
Displacement 2137 cc
Compression ratio N/A
Output power – torque 650+ HP @ – rpm (claimed) – lb-ft @ – rpm
Materials block: aluminium cylinder head: aluminium
Aspiration
  • Garrett TR-03 turbocharger
  • air/air intercooler
  • Bosch motronic multipoint electronic fuel injection
boost: N/A
Ignition electronic / firing order 1-3-4-2
Cooling system water-cooled
Lubrication system dry sump with 3 oil pumps
Transmission
Type four wheel drive 5 speed transaxle gearbox mounted in the front with a second driveshaft to power the rear wheels
Gearbox ratios
  • N/A
  • N/A
Differential ratio N/A
  • N/A
Clutch Fichtel & Sachs twin plate
Chassis-body
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
Brakes N/A N/A
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
Weight/power N/A
Fuel tank 25 liters

PICTURES AND VIDEOS

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