One of the original batch of 24 Evolution specification cars, this Ford RS200 Coupe is understood to be one of the ex-works team rally cars prepared for competition by Ford Boreham and driven by legendary rally star Stig Blomqvist to win the 1986 South Swedish Rally. After completing its works Rally team programme, we understand that this car was then taken over by Ford of Norway and its well-known star Rallycross driver Martin Schanche on December 2, 1986 this being confirmed by a contractual letter from Peter Ashcroft, the contemporary Ford Motor Companys Manager of Motorsport, which is included within the comprehensive documentation file accompanying this Lot.
The car was then used by Martin Schanche as a development vehicle during an extensive test programme and was also driven by him in a number of competitive events. The present owner purchased the car in December 1999 and it is offered here complete with its original UK road registration number C200 LWC and Swansea V5. The last event contested by the car saw it win overall in the 2001 Ford Rally Sprint.
On February 89, 1986, this particular Ford RS200 Coupe was driven by R. Droogmans in the tarmac special stage Boucles de Spa Rally in Belgium, failing to finish due to brake trouble. It then competed in the Spanish Costa Brava Rally, driven by Zanini, and again it was forced to retire, this time with a leaking fuel tank. On the weekend of May 2-5, 1986 Stig Blomqvist was then entrusted with this car C200 LWC for the Welsh Rally in the UK, and this time it was forced out by a suspension failure. On May 15-18 that year, the repaired car was out again on the South Swedish Rally, and this time driven once more by the great Stig Blomqvist the car completed the event successfully, and won overall. It was after this success that the car was transferred to Ford Norway, and on December 14, 1986, Martin Schanche drove it into fourth place overall in the Bettega Memorial event in Italy.
The Ford RS200 Coupe was the most radical of the tailor-made competition cars created to meet contemporary FIA regulations during the mid-1980s, with four-wheel drive, rear-engined Coupe configuration and power provided by a Brian Hart-developed BDT E turbocharged rally specification engine. This formidable power unit employed an all-aluminium 4-cylinder block with 16-valve twin-overhead camshaft cylinder head. Displacement was 2,137cc and the engine featured Bosch Motronic electronic engine management and a single Garret AiResearch turbocharger with aftercooler to reduce air-charge temperature from plus/minus 160degsC to 40degsC.
Maximum turbocharge boost was no less than 1.6 atmospheres 23lbs psi - and with a compression ratio of 7.2:1 this 2.1-litre 4-cylinder unit developed no less than a staggering 580bhp at 8,000rpm, coupled to maximum torque of no less than 400lbs/ft at 5,500rpm but the example offered here currently develops around 640 bhp. With full four-wheel drive transmission system such power and torque combined within the ruggedly built but nevertheless lightweight RS200 to create a truly potent competition car of Porsche 917-type performance potential!
Fitted with the X-Trac gearbox and rear differential the car is described as being in "good useable condition" and is offered here complete with a selection of spare parts including spare body panels. Full operating and cautionary warming-up and running notes are wisely included within the documentation file accompanying this most exciting competition Coupe
.absolutely one of Fords most exciting products, offered here at Goodwood where this summers Festival of Speed is celebrating Fords centenary year.
- There is a vast quantity of spares which accompany this lot. Please refer to the Sale Room Notices for a full list.