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Driving the Rarest and Most Furious Ford

Road & Track logo Road & Track 27/12/2017 Máté Petrány

Built to be the ultimate tool for rallying by folks who knew how mud works, the RS200 is still the wildest car to wear a Ford badge. Yet back in 1986, it was also one minute too late to the game, which forced it to take a costly detour into rallycross.

Ford's Kevlar-bodied mid-engined monster is powered by a 1.8 Cosworth BDS engine that was good for 500 horsepower when new. Today, the same engine produces more than that. Not just in the 24+ Evolution versions, but also in one of the just four works cars Ford had time to race before it all went wrong for Group B.

a truck cake sitting on top of a car: Driving the Rarest and Most Furious Ford © Goodwood Road&Racing Driving the Rarest and Most Furious Ford Raced in 1986 three times by the duo of Kalle Grundel and Benny Melander, this factory car lived its second life as a garage queen in Norway before returning to the UK, where its short-geared dogleg manual got rebuilt just in time for a run up the hill at Goodwood.

And this one did not drive into the hay bales...

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