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Ford Escort
« on: March 25, 2011, 03:34:39 PM »
(Cosworth   ;D)








From wikipedia:
The Ford Escort RS Cosworth was a sports derivative of the Ford Escort. It was available from 1992-96 in very limited numbers. It was instantly recognisable due to its large "whale tail" rear spoiler. The main selling point was the Cosworth YBT engine, a highly tunable turbocharged 2-litre engine which had an output of 220 PS (162 kW; 217 hp) in standard trim.

Ford developed the car around the chassis and mechanicals of its predecessor, the Sierra Cosworth to accommodate the larger Cosworth engine and transmission, whilst clothing it in Escort body panels to make it resemble the standard Mk V. Designed under the guidance of Rod Mansfield and John Wheeler of Ford's SVO department, the styling was carried out during 1989, by Stephen Harper at MGA Developments in Coventry. The body tooling was created by coachbuilders Karmann at their facility in Rheine, Germany, where the cars were manufactured.

Changes were made to the engine management system and a new turbocharger was fitted. Permanent four wheel drive with a 34/66% front/rear split came courtesy of an uprated five speed gearbox as used in the Sierra Cosworth. Recaro sports seats came as a standard fitment. Later production models were available without the oversize tail spoiler although by far the majority were still ordered with it. Like its Sierra predecessor, they are commonly nicknamed "Cossie" by enthusiasts.[1]

The Escort Cosworth was a rare car, with 7,145 vehicles produced from the start of production on 19 February 1992 until the last car rolled out of the factory on 12 January 1996. A tiny number were unofficially imported to the United States, where it was considered one of the greatest performance Fords of all time.

Two versions were produced. The initial 2500 units were "homologation specials" used to get the FIA accreditation for entry into the World Rally Championship. They were fitted with a Garrett T3/T04B turbocharger. Among these initial units, a handful were badged as Motorsport versions, these lacked certain refinements such as a sunroof and sound deadening. The second generation, starting production from late 1994, were fitted with a Garrett T25 turbocharger, a smaller unit which reduced turbo lag and increased usability in everyday driving situations. With these later models, the 'whale tail' spoiler became a delete option.
[edit] Motorsport

The car was to be Ford's new rally car, and very successful it became with its total victories amounting to 8 in Group A guise. Drivers included famous victor at the 1994 Monte Carlo Rally, the Frenchman François Delecour, future quadruple World Rally Champion Tommi Makinen (who took his maiden event victory for Ford in Finland that same year before departing for Mitsubishi for 1995), as well as the Belgian Bruno Thiry and, from 1996, 1990 and 1992 World Rally Champion Carlos Sainz of Spain. One-time 1988 and 1989 back-to-back title-winning force for Lancia, Miki Biasion and 1991 Rally Catalunya winner Armin Schwarz were among the other fabled pilots to be seen behind the wheel.
An Escort Cosworth on a stage rally, driven by Malcolm Wilson

After modifications were made to the car to make it a World Rally Car for the 1997 and 1998 seasons, it went on to score two more victories for the Ford Motor Company Rally Team, now based in Cumbria and being run by Malcolm Wilson's M-Sport. With Thiry, Ari Vatanen (on a one-off podium-scoring basis at the Safari Rally after Thiry suffered an injury) and four-time World Rally Champion Juha Kankkunen now behind the wheel of the cars, the Escort name finally bowed out of works rallying altogether after a double-podium at the season-ending 1998 Rally of Great Britain.

The Escort RS Cosworth was produced until early in 1996 when the European Union introduced a new set of noise regulations for motor vehicles and Ford decided to stop production rather than change the car to meet the new noise regulations. Despite this, the now-modified RS Cosworth was used by Ford as their factory rally car until it was permanently replaced by the Focus WRC for the Monte Carlo Rally of 1999.

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Re: Ford Escort
« Reply #1 on: March 25, 2011, 04:02:08 PM »
Ok. I don't really care for an "Escort."  But, these are cool.  And another thing.  If these things were around in the early-mid 90's why was the rest of Fords lineup so drab? At least in the US I guess.

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Re: Ford Escort
« Reply #2 on: March 26, 2011, 12:16:13 AM »
Ok. I don't really care for an "Escort."  But, these are cool.  And another thing.  If these things were around in the early-mid 90's why was the rest of Fords lineup so drab? At least in the US I guess.


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Re: Ford Escort
« Reply #3 on: March 26, 2011, 10:14:31 AM »
The RS200 tickles my pickle.

North American Escorts suck in comparison.  Actually, the suck full stop.  Had a 93 LX for many years, and it was a shit box... though I did love it.

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Re: Ford Escort
« Reply #4 on: March 26, 2011, 01:21:35 PM »
I had a 90 or 91 LX that I got for free when I was 15.  It was a great daily driver when I turned 16 until I scattered 3rd gear all over the street while dicking around in the rain.

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Re: Ford Escort
« Reply #5 on: March 27, 2011, 07:18:19 PM »
I had a 90 or 91 LX that I got for free when I was 15.  It was a great daily driver when I turned 16 until I scattered 3rd gear all over the street while dicking around in the rain.

:lol:  But what a way to go!

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Re: Ford Escort
« Reply #6 on: March 28, 2011, 06:06:42 PM »
I still don't get why Ford and GM would keep awesome models like this OUTSIDE of their own damn home country's market.

I LOVE these Escorts, as do I love the RS200. NOM
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Re: Ford Escort
« Reply #7 on: March 28, 2011, 06:22:31 PM »
I still don't get why Ford and GM would keep awesome models like this OUTSIDE of their own damn home country's market.

I LOVE these Escorts, as do I love the RS200. NOM

Dodge also stiffed the u.s, on a couple cool cars.

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Re: Ford Escort
« Reply #8 on: March 30, 2011, 12:38:42 AM »
Emissions, safety standards, market likely isn't as big here.

Go to Australia and everybody is batshit crazy and loves cool cars.  Come to America and everybody is a whiny liberal with a mini van and a comb over.

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Re: Ford Escort
« Reply #9 on: March 31, 2011, 06:34:32 AM »
You gotta keep in mind Ford in Europe operates mostly independently of US Ford... They don't bring those cars over for many of the same reasons we don't see Opels, Vauxhalls, Renault, Alfa Romeo, etc.

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Re: Ford Escort
« Reply #10 on: March 31, 2011, 07:33:33 AM »
You gotta keep in mind Ford in Europe operates mostly independently of US Ford... They don't bring those cars over for many of the same reasons we don't see Opels, Vauxhalls, Renault, Alfa Romeo, etc.

Ford Germany/UK vs Ford USA.

Keep in mind, though, that Europe gets exactly 0 cool American cars, and the ones that do find their way in grey-market you can't get parts for, and are insanely expensive.

(This is an advantage to my dad, who is trying to sell his '97 Explorer. Thing seems to be worth around 3000 euro (4250 US dollar), and has pulled a few interested people at an asking price of 3500 euro)
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