Ford Escort RS Cosworth
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Ford Escort RS Cosworth

Ford Escort RS Cosworth

Escort RS Cosworth was a complete sport car in road-legal guise, designed to break into Group A rally by homologation. During its launch, pre-requisite for homologation was 5000 units of production, which was reduced to 2500 units in 1993. Objective was designing a car to win World Rally Championship in Group A. So, Ford managed that with a highly tunable engine and safety measures. Design-wise, it was a 3-door hatch with front engine and permanent four-wheel drive train. No doubt it belongs to the group of rare automobiles with only 7145 units produced from 1992 to 1996.

 

RS Cosworth, initially lacked many road-legal features like sound-proofing, sun-roof etc. It helped the car to remain light weight and performance-oriented. Later, however, Ford launched a Luxury version but people preferred to stick to performance. Too many experts, even today, claim it was the last European and the best European rally car. The standard trim carried a price tag of £21,380.

Interior

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As a performance-only car, RS Cosworth lacked refinements, common in road-cars. It was like a raging bull fitted with right drive train and steering mechanism. The car sported Recaro sport seats as a standard feature. Later, the luxury version came out with features like power window, sunroof, heated screens, and head rest on rear seats. On the central panel, driver information was limited to RPM counter. Other counters related to system monitoring were in the top middle portion of the dash for easier visibility to navigators. It’s another rally-worthy feature.

Exterior

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The most distinguishing mark of RS Cosworth was its “Whale tail” rear spoiler. It might look ugly as a production car but kept the car sane and grounded at high-octane driving. It’s also the first production car to sport front spoiler. Every piece of exterior design revolved around the concept of aerodynamics and safety. Monocoque steel chassis included 18 point roll cage, quick release bonnet and rear hatch clips for easy exit during emergency. These are common features in rally-ready cars. Even, Ford used minimum body paint to keep the weight low. Dimension-wise, it was 4211 mm long; with wheelbase of 2552 mm and curb weight was just 1275 kg.

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