Ford RS200 E in the World Rally Championship

Ford RS200 E

Manufacturer: Ford
Category: Group B

The Ford RS200 E was developed by Ford Motorsport in response to the new Group B regulations introduced in the early 1980s. It was designed as a purpose-built rally car to compete in the highly competitive Group B category, which allowed for significant technical freedom and innovation.

The Ford RS200 E's participation in the Group B era of rallying left a lasting legacy in motorsport history. Despite the premature end of Group B regulations in 1986, the RS200 E remains an iconic and highly regarded rally car among enthusiasts worldwide. Its innovative design, powerful performance, and competitive achievements continue to be celebrated decades after its active competition years.

Ford RS200 E teams and drivers

  1. Ford Motorsport: Ford's motorsport division, Ford Motorsport, spearheaded the development and campaign of the RS200 E in the World Rally Championship. The factory-backed team received support from Ford's engineers and technical experts to optimize the car's performance and reliability.

  2. Privateer Teams: In addition to the factory team, several privateer teams and independent drivers also campaigned the Ford RS200 E in various rally events around the world. These privateer efforts contributed to the car's success and popularity in rallying.

Ford RS200 E rally victories

The Ford RS200 E achieved notable successes in the World Rally Championship, securing victories and podium finishes in various rally events. Some of the highlights include:

  1. 1986 World Rally Championship:

    • Rally Sweden: The RS200 E showcased its competitiveness by securing victory at Rally Sweden in 1986. The win demonstrated the car's capabilities on the snow-covered stages of Scandinavia.

    • Rally Portugal: The Ford RS200 E continued its winning form with another victory at Rally Portugal in 1986. The challenging gravel stages posed no obstacle for the car's performance and reliability.

    • Rally Argentina: The RS200 E clinched victory at Rally Argentina, showcasing its versatility on the rugged and varied terrain of South America.

  2. Other Achievements:

    • In addition to its victories, the Ford RS200 E achieved numerous podium finishes and top-five results in various rally events, further solidifying its reputation as a competitive rally car.

Ford RS200 E technical specifications

EngineMid-mounted, longitudinally mounted inline-four
DisplacementApproximately 1.8 to 2.1 liters
TurbochargerSingle turbocharger
Power OutputAround 350 to 450 horsepower
TransmissionFour-wheel drive, five-speed manual gearbox
SuspensionAdjustable dampers, springs, and anti-roll bars
BrakesVentilated disc brakes on all four corners
WeightApproximately 1,100 to 1,200 kilograms (2,425 to 2,645 pounds)
ChassisTubular steel spaceframe chassis
Body PanelsComposite materials
AerodynamicsFront and rear spoilers, aerodynamic bodywork