1986 Ford RS200 Evolution

For years, many people were baffled when they opened up the Guinness Book of Records and discovered that the world’s fastest accelerating car was a none other than a Ford – and a curiously small, almost goofy looking one which looked like nothing made on American soil.

That’s because the RS200 was a homologation special produced by Ford of Great Britain. It was specifically designed as Ford’s first four wheel drive contender for the radical Group B class rally racing, but a minimum number of road-certified examples had to be made to meet homologation requirements.

Since the best in the business came out to help Ford, including chief engineer John Wheeler and Tony Southgate, the RS200 Evolution represented the absolute pinnacle of modern racing development. What these blokes did was take bits from the old RS1700T breed of rally cars, mount a modified version the Ford/Cosworth engine in the middle of a lightweight aluminum chassis, clothe it with a simple white gel coat body designed by Ghia and then apply the four wheel drive formula which Audi successfully introduced into the series.

See Full 1986 Ford RS200 Evolution Image Gallery

1986 Ford RS200 Evolution

While over 200 standard RS200s were made, only 24 Evolution models were produced to stay ahead of the competition. These included a special BTD-E 2.1 liter engine equipped with a massive turbo to the effect of 420 bhp. Each was easily identified by the much larger air scoop that houses the large air/air intercooler. Depending on boost, the engine could produce a wide range of power, and at maximum boost (1.6 bar, 23psi) it offered a remarkable 580 bhp at 8000 rpm. When combining the extremely lightweight chassis, a low polar moment of inertia and massive amount of turbo-lag, power delivery on the limit was particularly hard to manage.

However, the resulting four wheel drive monster was ‘the fastest accelerating car in the world’, and as driven by Stig Blomqvist, a RS200 Evo achieved the 0-62mph (100kph) Guinness world record time of 3.07 seconds, a figure that stood for twelve years!

Other smaller details distinguished the EVO version such as a solid mounted suspension. Like the regular version it also borrow parts from the Sierra including the front windscreen, mirrors, doorhandles and some instrumentation.

Unfortunately, Group B was cancelled after Henri Toivonen and his co-driver Sergio Crestos died at the 1986 Tour de Course and this meant the Evolution along with its competitors that were deemed ‘too fast to race’. However, Ford was able to save face and continue on with the regular 1.8 liter versions, contesting the European Rally Championship and winning a few victories from 1986 to 1990.

1986 Ford RS200 Evolution Gallery

See Full 1986 Ford RS200 Evolution Image Gallery

Screenshot 2016-03-06 22.21.28 1986 Ford RS200 Evolution 1986 Ford RS200 Evolution1986 Ford RS200 Evolution 1986 Ford RS200 Evolution 1986 Ford RS200 Evolution

Ford RS200 Evo Video

 

In Detail

built atDetroit, Michigan, USA
production24
engineFord/Cosworth BDT-E Inline-4
positionMid Longitudinal
aspirationGarrett Turbocharger
valvetrainDOHC, 4 Valves per CYL
fuel feedBosch Electronic Injection
displacement2137 cc / 130.4 in³
bore90 mm / 3.54 in
stroke84 mm / 3.31 in
compression7.2:1
power432.5 kw / 580 bhp @ 8000 rpm
specific output271.41 bhp per litre
bhp/weight491.53 bhp per tonne
torque542.33 nm / 400 ft lbs @ 5500 rpm
redline9000
body / framePlastic/Fiberglass Body over Sheet Aluminum Chassis w/Front & Rear Steel Subframes
driven wheels4WD w/Triple Ferguson Viscous Coupling LSDs
front tiresF 225/50VR-16
rear tiresR 225/50VR-16
front brakesVented Discs AP Discs
f brake sizex 284 mm / x 11.2 in
rear brakesVented Discs AP Discs
r brake sizex 284 mm / x 11.2 in
front wheelsF 40.6 x 20.3 cm / 16.0 x 8.0 in
rear wheelsR 40.6 x 20.3 cm / 16.0 x 8.0 in
steeringRack & Pinion
f suspensionDouble Wishbones w/Double Concentric Coil-Damper Units, Blade-Type Adjustable Anti-Roll Bar
r suspensionDouble Wishbones w/Double Concentric Coil-Damper Units, Blade-Type Adjustable Anti-Roll Bar
curb weight1180 kg / 2601 lbs
wheelbase2530 mm / 99.6 in
front track1501 mm / 59.1 in
rear track1496 mm / 58.9 in
length3998 mm / 157.4 in
width1763 mm / 69.4 in
height1321 mm / 52.0 in
transmission5-Speed Endean Manual
gear ratios2.692:1, 1.824:1, 1.318:1, 1.043:1, 0.786:1, :1
0 – 60 mph~3.07 seconds
designersJohn Wheeler, Tony Southgate

 

Auction Sales History

1986 Ford RS200 Evolution

Quite Possibly the Finest of the 24 RS200 Evolutions Built. Specially Ordered with Numerous Factory Competition Features. Engine Developed by Brian Hart Limited and East Coast Racing. Outstanding Restoration Performed by Marque Experts Including RM Motorsports. Offered with Extraordinary History File, Spare Components, and More.

1986 Ford RS200 Evolution 106 – sold for $539,000 Quite Possibly the Finest of the 24 RS200 Evolutions Built. Specially Ordered with Numerous Factory Competition Features. Engine Developed by Brian Hart Limited and East Coast Racing. Outstanding Restoration Performed by Marque Experts Including RM Motorsports. Offered with Extraordinary History File, Spare Components, and More. Auction Source: The Pebble Beach Auctions 2015 by Gooding and Company

1986 Ford RS200 Evolution

This particular white RS200 is in very good condition with only 5,557 kms showing. Some minor stone pitting on the front end is the only sign of wear. The one thing separating this RS200 from a Group B rally car is the interior, which has been comfortably trimmed by Tickford. The interior has been fitted with grey carpeting, door inserts, red Sparco seats and a matching red leather XR3i steering wheel. Bidder beware – zero-to-sixty sprints in three seconds are not for the faint of heart!

1986 Ford RS200 Evolution 00087 – sold for $159,500 This particular white RS200 is in very good condition with only 5,557 kms showing. Some minor stone pitting on the front end is the only sign of wear. The one thing separating this RS200 from a Group B rally car is the interior, which has been comfortably trimmed by Tickford. The interior has been fitted with grey carpeting, door inserts, red Sparco seats and a matching red leather XR3i steering wheel. Bidder beware – zero-to-sixty sprints in three seconds are not for the faint of heart! Auction Source: 2011 Amelia Island Auction by RM Auctions