• This 1986 Ford RS200 Evolution is Worth More Than $280,000 - Here’s Why

An exceedingly rare homologation car for the crazy dangerous FIA Group B

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Ford’s RS200 Evolution had quite an up-and-down career path, yet it remains one of the raddest cars to ever go rallying, mostly because FoMoCo took a different approach when building it compared to what Audi and Lancia were doing.

This 1986 Ford RS200 Evolution is Worth More Than $280,000 - Here's Why Exterior
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Instead of using an existing model as base for its new rally car, the Blue Oval built the RS200 from a clean sheet of paper.

As Evo points out, the rally racer did receive some 900 run-of-the-mill Ford parts but the other 2000 were completely different than anything ever seen in a FoMoCo vehicle before. This also helped the RS200 distinguish itself visually with a little help from Ghia, who penned the fiberglass body.

It was this visual craziness that made the RS200 a rally crowd favorite. Of course, it was no slouch, either, because racecar. After all, Ford commissioned British engineer and F1 designer Tony Southgate and fellow engineer John Wheeler to develop the chassis, with power coming from a 1.8-liter Cosworth-sourced four-cylinder mill.

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The mid-mounted engine cranked out 444 horsepower at 8,000 rpm and 361 pound-feet of torque at 5,500 rpm. Road-going models were toned down a notch or two, delivering just 246 horsepower and 215 pound-feet. 0-60 took 2.8 seconds in the race car and five seconds flat in the road-going version thanks to an AWD setup with three limited-slip differentials – front, center, and rear.

1986 Ford RS200 Evolution specifications
Engine 1.8-liter Cosworth-sourced four-cylinder
Horsepower 444 HP @ 8,000 RPM (246 HP road version)
Torque 361 LB-FT @ 5,500 RPM (215 LB-FT road version)
0 to 60 mph 5.0 seconds road version (2.8 seconds race version)

The 1986 Ford RS200 Evolution for sale on Bring a Trailer

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Of the about 200 RS200s built, 24 were converted to Evolution spec. These had a tweaked suspension, better brakes, and a larger 2.1-liter version of the initial Cosworth engine that could now deliver more than 500 horsepower.

The car in question here – a 1986 model – was tuned by the factory to 600 horsepower and had its engine rebuilt by Geoff Page Racing in Essex, England.

The car is currently located in Oceanside, California, where it has lived for the past three years after being imported from Norway.

Source: Bring A Trailer

Tudor Rus
Tudor Rus
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Tudor’s first encounter with cars took place when he was only a child. Back then, his father brought home a Trabant 601 Kombi and a few years later, a Wartburg 353. At that time, he was too young to know how they worked and way too young to drive them, but he could see one thing – each of them had a different ethos and their own unique personality. As time went on, he started seeing that in other cars as well, and his love for the automobile was born.  Read full bio
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