Ford RS200 1986 – SPRZEDANY

Ford RS200, jak to zwykle bywa z najsłynniejszym sportowymi samochodami tego okresu, powstał z potrzeby wypełnienia warunków homologacji FIA. Po kilku sezonach dominacji Escort’a w Rajdowych Mistrzostwach Świata, Ford skierował oczy na Grupę B. Zaczęły się przygotowania tylnonapędowego samochodu do tej serii, ale zespół produkcyjny napotkał na przeszkody, które doprowadziły do zbudowania całkowicie nowego samochodu. Zaprzęgnięto do pracy Tony Southgate’a z F1 oraz inżyniera Johna Wheeler’a, którzy zajęli się projektem rurowej ramy podwozia, a nadwozie z lekkich kompozytów to dzieło studio Ghia. Turbodoładowany silnik 1,8 Cosworth’a osadzono centralnie, a dla lepszego rozkładu masy skrzynię umieszczono z przodu samochodu. Oczywistym było, że w tej serii potrzeba napędu na cztery koła i to takiego, który pozwoli przełamać dominację Peguota i Audi. Mechanizm różnicowy pozwalał na trzy ustawienia przeniesienia napędu pomiędzy tylną a przednią osią: 50/50, 67/33 oraz 100/0, a miał on co przenosić. Homologowany silnik generował 450 KM, a późniejszy Evolution nawet 900 (!). Ten drugi po tuningu i strojeniu rozpędzał pojazd do 60 mil/h w nieco ponad 3 sekundy, co było rekordem świata. Wpis do Księgi Rekordów Guinnessa, jako najszybciej rozpędzający się samochód, utrzymał przez 12 lat. Wystawiony na aukcji numer 169 z 200 zbudowanych drogowych egzemplarzy, z przebiegiem 2004 km i w pełni oryginalnym fabrycznym wyposażeniem, Gooding wycenia na 275 – 350 tys. dolarów. Na aukcji w Scottsdale 20-21 stycznia 2017 sprzedany za 236 500 dolarów.

Link: http://www.goodingco.com/vehicle/1986-ford-rs200/

Lot 115
Scottsdale 2017

1986 Ford RS200
Coachwork by Ghia
Estimate: $275,000 – $350,000
Chassis: SFACXXBJ2CGL00169

Outstanding Example Showing Just 2,004 Km
One of Only 200 Road Models Produced
Believed to Be One of the Last RS200s to Leave the Ford Factory
Recently Received a Comprehensive Service
Accompanied by Books and Service Receipts

1,803 CC DOHC Cosworth BDT Inline 4-Cylinder Engine
Bosch Electronic Fuel Injection
Single Turbocharger with Air-to-Air Intercooler
250 BHP at 6,000 RPM
5-Speed Manual Gearbox
4-Wheel Ventilated Disc Brakes
4-Wheel Independent Suspension with Coil Springs and Dual Shock Absorbers

PROVENANCE
Jeff White, Detroit, Michigan (acquired in August 1994)
Henry Van Vurst, Fort Lauderdale, Florida (acquired from the above)
Current Owner (acquired from the above)

EXHIBITED
Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, Florida, 2010

THIS CAR
After several seasons in the World Rally Championship with its dominant Escort, Ford’s European racing division set its sights on the FIA’s Group B series. While initially Ford developed an Escort-derived rear-wheel-drive car for the series, the production team ran into obstacles that were deemed insurmountable, so the decision was made to build a new car from the ground up.

British engineer and Formula 1 designer Tony Southgate and engineer John Wheeler were brought on board to mock up the RS200’s tubular space-frame chassis, which used dual shocks at each corner. A Cosworth turbocharged 1.8-liter four-cylinder was mounted amidships, while the transmission was installed up front for optimal weight distribution. Power was sent back to a central differential with three different rear-to-front torque split settings, 50/50, 67/33, and 100/0. The Italian design firm Ghia was tasked with penning the composite body and created a design that mixed hard edges with more gentle curves, yielding an aggressive and purposeful appearance.

In race form, the RS200 was one of the most balanced and best-handling Group B cars. The engine was rated at 450 bhp in homologation race trim. In its later Evolution form, the RS200 was capable of upward of 900 bhp with further tuning and could launch from 0–60 mph in just over three seconds, making it the fastest accelerating car at the time – a title it held in the Guinness Book of World Records for 12 years.

Per the FIA’s requirements, Ford built 200 road cars to homologate the RS200 for Group B competition. Slightly detuned, the road cars were fully upholstered with gray carpet, complementing door inserts and red Sparco seats with matching steering wheel. The car here, no. 169, is believed by the RS200 book author Justin Smith to be “about the last car to actually leave” Ford’s facility in Boreham, England. Acquired by an American enthusiast in 1994 from that same facility, this RS200 has just three known collector owners from new and has never run in competition. A well-preserved example, it is accompanied by its manual and service-parts book, and service receipts, including recent invoices for almost $16,000 of recommissioning work undertaken by Motor Classic and Competition Corp. of Bedford Hills, New York.

The RS200’s racing potential was cut short when the FIA abolished Group B at the end of the 1986 season. However, it would find success in rallycross and hill climbs such as Pikes Peak. Registering just 2,004 km, or 1,245 miles, at the time of cataloguing, this rare and collectible Ford RS200 may be one of the lowest mileage and original examples around, and an opportunity that no motor sport fan should miss.