• Nov 26, 2007
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Only 200 Ford RS200s were produced from 1984 through 1986. That makes them an extremely rare find, though apparently funny man Tim Allen owns one, as seen in pictures of his garage. Ford's only intention with the small number of cars was to meet FIA regulations in order to homologate the model to race Group B rally. The original RS200s were powered by 1.8L turbocharged Cosworth engines. Ford later converted 24 to the Evolution version utilizing 2.1L turbocharged Cosworth engines that accelerated the cars to 60 mph at reported times of 2.1 seconds.

While not quite one of the original 200 RS200s, we spotted a replica recently at Irwindale Speedway in Southern California that got our blood pumping. The owner said that he had a Lotus Europa but desired an RS200, so he shipped the chassis off to a buddy in England who worked with Ford Motorsport. The Europa was converted to RS200 spec using spare parts that Ford Motorsport had maintained and salvaged. The rear was fitted with a 2.0L turbocharged engine from a Ford Sierra RS Cosworth. Replica or not, this experience was about as close to an RS200 as we'll ever get.



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      • 7 Years Ago
      I drooled over (but not on!) this exact car at the Best of France and Italy car show in Van Nuys, CA earlier this month. Envy factor 9.
      • 7 Years Ago
      A very good replica indeed...unlike that Lambo reproduction monstrosity...
      • 7 Years Ago
      the imperial palace hotel in las vegas has three real ones for sale, including one evolution model. about $250K each, which seems a bit overpriced but i'm sure you could talk them down to $200K ;)
      • 7 Years Ago
      I would love to own one of these along with an RS500 to complete the collection.
      Petesturbo
      • 6 Years Ago
      The car shown in the pics is a bespoke replica that was made by Kara / Mercury.
      See www.rs200replica.co.uk.
      Whoever said it was based on a Lotus Europa is mistaken.
      I have pictures of this exact car when it was in the U.K fully built!
      The chassis was designed & built by Kara in 1993/94.
      These cars are usually better built than the original Ford built items.
      This car is a superb example and the owner deserves all the credit they get.
      Cheers Pete.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Are you going to post more on the rest of the D1 drift event or cars?
      • 7 Years Ago

      Perhaps Ford should try to make a new RS200 using Focus underpinnings.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Hi the RS200 in the picture is a kit car called the Evo 200, you can tell this by looking at the front of the car just behing the front wheels, you can see the bit between the door is wider than a genuine RS200 (To accommodate a front mounted engine) and also the sills look nothing like the original. The kit car is based on a humble Austin Maestro !!
        Petesturbo
        • 6 Years Ago
        Hi the RS200 in the picture is a kit car called the Evo 200, you can tell this by looking at the front of the car just behing the front wheels, you can see the bit between the door is wider than a genuine RS200.

        This bit is correct but it certainly does not use any part from an Austin Maestro.
        The Banham kit car does which has an engine in the front & is the same dimensions as an original RS200.

        The EVO 200 has a bespoke chassis, is mid engined and uses a Sierra as a donor car.

        Cheers Pete.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Nice... I'd say it's more than just a replica since it has all the original's body panels and a closely related engine to the original. The one question not answered is: does this car have AWD?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Yes, I was there and talked to the guy! What a machine!! I was so irritated though at the people who kept thinking it was a Fiero or a toyota of some kind.. There were more Silvias and 240s at that event than Ford produced these... Most people who claim they're car guys these days are utter morons..
      • 7 Years Ago
      Everytime I go to Car and Coffee at PAG, there is a real RS200 there. IIRC from what I read from the UK Classic Car magazine (covering the last CC show at Crystal Cove), the owner bought it from the PO whom was having a vacation in US. Traded a Renault 5 Turbo for it.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I put up a short static video of this car. Interesting to see, even a replica.

      http://gtrusa.blogspot.com/2007/11/ford-rs200-replica-at-d1.html
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