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Ford's original prototype for the forthcoming Group B rally car regulations was the rear-wheel drive Escort RS1700T; however, their competitors were proving that four-wheel drive was the superior rally drivetrain. In light of converting the existing car to 4WD, work was abandoned in 1983 in favour of starting anew on a high-tech 4WD car - the Ford RS200. It was the first bespoke Group B car that did not draw its design from an existing road car. The Escort's 1,778cc turbocharged 4-cylinder engine was carried over, but was bored out to 1,803cc and mounted behind the driver. All four wheels were suspended on double wishbones with dual dampers.

Despite a drivable prototype being constructed by 1984, the car only began competing in 1986; the final season of Group B cars in the WRC. Its best result was a sole 3rd place in its debut event at the 36th International Swedish Rally, at the hands of Kalle Grundel.

The RS200 was directly involved in the banning of Group B cars, due to an accident at the Rallye de Portugal in which driver Joaqium Santos lost control and struck a crowd of spectators, killing three spectators and injuring thirty. This, and the following the deaths of the Tour de Corse, sealed the fate of the Group B rally cars[1].

While the RS200 (and its fellow Group B cars) could not compete at an international level, a handful of national rally championships continued to allow the use of them, alongside the sport of rallycross[2].

Colin McRae RallyEdit

Icon FordRS200
CMR Ford RS200
GameCMR
DisciplineBonus
Statistics
Power560 BHP
Transmission6 Speed
The Ford RS200 is a Bonus car in Colin McRae Rally.

Colin McRae Rally 3Edit

Icon FordRS200
CMR3 Ford RS200
GameCMR3
DisciplineBonus
Statistics
Power450 BHP
Transmission5 Speed
Weight1050 kg
Drivetrain4WD
EngineMid / Straight 4
AspirationTurbocharged
The Ford RS200 is a Bonus car in Colin McRae Rally 3.

Colin McRae Rally '04 Edit

The Ford RS200 is a Group B car in Colin McRae Rally '04.

Colin McRae Rally 2005 Edit

The Ford RS200 is a Group B car in Colin McRae Rally 2005.

DiRT 3 Edit

Icon FordRS200
Ford rs200
GameDiRT 3
Disciplines
Statistics
Power450 bhp
Weight1,080 kg
Drivetrain4WD

The Ford RS200 is a Group B Rally car in DiRT 3.

Liveries Edit

  • Ford Motorsport
  • Garmin Motorsport
  • Alpinestars Motorsport
  • Monster Energy Racing
  • Bronze (unlocked at online Rank 15)

DiRT Rally Edit

Icon FordRS200
DiRT Rally Ford RS200
GameDiRT Rally
DisciplineGroup B (4WD) Rally
Statistics
Power450 bhp @ 7739 rpm
Transmission5 Speed
Weight1140 kg
Drivetrain4WD
EngineMid / Straight 4

The Ford RS200 is a 4WD Group B Rally car in DiRT Rally.

Liveries Edit

  • #23
  • Ford Motorsport
  • Eibach
  • Omex
  • Forge Motorsport
  • Ferodo
  • #41
  • #33

DiRT 4 Edit

Icon FordRS200
DiRT 4 Ford RS200
GameDiRT 4
DisciplineGroup B (4WD)
Statistics
Power450 BHP @ 7739 rpm
Transmission5 Speed
Weight1140 kg
Drivetrain4WD
EngineMid / Straight 4
AspirationTurbocharged

The Ford RS200 is a Group B (4WD) Historic Rally car in DiRT 4.

Liveries Edit

  • Ford Motorsport
  • #17 Castrol
  • #60 TOOLS
  • #25 AiM
  • White
  • Gray
  • Blue

References Edit

  1. Ford RS200 + Homologation Version | Rally Group B Shrine
  2. Ford RS200 Evolution - Group B & S Prototype | Rally Group B Shrine