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Car Review, Figures and Specs for the Ford Escort RS Cosworth - [1992]

1992 - 1996 Ford Escort RS Cosworth


Group A and WRC contender.



The Ford Escort RS Cosworth was designed to qualify as a Group A car. The 'Escort Cossie' won eight events between 1993 and 1996 as a Group A car, and two more in WRC guise in 1997-8, before it was replaced by the Ford Focus WRC. To satisfy homologation rules it was produced as a road car between 1992-96 in very limited numbers. 2500 Escort Cosworths were "homologation specials" used to get the FIA accreditation for entry into the World Rally Championship.

Turbo Fun - AWD grip.

It's flared wheel arches and its large "whale tail" rear spoiler were the main visual differences from the standard Ford Escort. Recaro sports seats came as a standard fitment too. Underneath it was propelled by the famous Cosworth YBT engine which was a highly tunable turbocharged 2-litre unit which had an output of around 220 PS (162 kW; 217 hp). Performance was impressive, reaching 0-60mph in around 6 seconds. The Escort Cosworth could handle the power too. A wider wheelbase attached to permanent four wheel drive with a 34/66% front/rear split helped around the corners.

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Stuffed with Cosworth parts.


The Ford Escort Cosworth was stuffed with parts developed from the equally iconic Sierra Cosworth including the transmission. The styling was carried out 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. .

Summary


Positive  4WD Handling and Turbocharged Fun. Highly Tunable.

Negatives  These are becoming increasingly more expensive.


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