Ford Escort WRC in the World Rally Championship

Ford Escort WRC

Manufacturer: Ford
Category: WRC

The Ford Escort WRC is a rally car based on the Ford Escort RS Cosworth with World Rally Car homologation. It was built by M-Sport to compete in the World Rally Championship for the Ford World Rally Team. It replaced the group A version used by the brand since 1993 and was later replaced by the Ford Focus WRC in 1999.

Ford Escort WRC teams and drivers

It competed during the 1997 and 1998 seasons, with Carlos Sainz, Juha Kankkunen, Bruno Thiry, Ari Vatanen and Armin Schwarz as drivers.

Ford Escort WRC rally victories

It debuted in the Monte Carlo Rally and only obtained two victories: in the 1997 Acropolis and Indonesia Rally with Sainz.

Ford Escort WRC technical specifications


Engine: 1993 cc with turbo.
Cylinders: 4 in line.
Valves: 16
Bore x stroke: 90.8 x 76.9 mm
Power: 300 hp
Torque: 490 Nm


Length: 4211 mm
Width: 1770 mm
Height: 1425 mm
Wheelbase: 2550 mm
Track gauge: 1530 mm
Weight: 1,230 kg


Four-wheel drive
Transverse gearbox
Gears: 6 in sequential
Clutch plates: 3