Ford Escort RS Cosworth & World Rally Car
Veloce Publishing Ltd, 15.12.2008 - 128 Seiten
The Escort RS Cosworth, which started rallying in 1993, was one of the most ingenious designs of all time. What started as a shortened Sierra Cosworth 4x4 platform, topped off by a modified Escort cabin and outer skins, was soon developed into a versatile and sophisticated rally car, and eventually became Ford's most successful since the legendary Escorts of the 1970s. Because it was smaller, lighter, and more nimble than any of the Sierras, the combination of Cosworth power, four-wheel-drive transmission, and an effective aerodynamic package made it a Rally Giant in all conditions. With five World victories in its first season, and success all around the world in later years, it was seen in every continent, in all conditions. Drivers like Carlos Sainz, Tommi Makinen and Francois Delecour added their own stardust to a glittering reputation. To meet a change in regulations, the Escort World Rally Car took over in 1997, and also enjoyed years of success. Until the all-new Focus WRC was launched in 1999, this generation of Escorts was the most effective rally car that Ford had ever produced.
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2nd J Kankkunen/J Acropolis Argentina Ari Vatanen became bodyshell Boreham Bruno Thiry built Carlos Sainz Catalunya Celica chassis Colin Dobinson Colin McRae competitive Corsica Cosworth rally car Delecour/D Grataloup drove Escort RS Cosworth Escort World Rally Escort WRC event F Delecour/D fastest stage fewer Focus WRC Ford Motorsport Ford’s four-wheel drive Francois Delecour front gearbox homologation Indonesia John Taylor John Wheeler Juha Kankkunen Kankkunen/J Repo Karmann M-Sport Malcolm Wilson Martin Whitaker Mike Moreton Miki Biasion Mitsubishi Monte Carlo Rally never outright victory Peter Ashcroft Philip Dunabin Portugal programme RAC Rally rally team rear regulations Repsol car retired road cars running Safari Sainz/L Moya San Remo season second place seven-speed Sierra Cosworth 4x4 special stage sport started Stuart Turner Subaru Impreza success suspension Sweden tarmac team’s Tommi Makinen took third place Tour de Corse Toyota transmission Turbo turbocharger World Championship World Rally Car Zealand