So in 1980 Ford commissioned the humble brand new Escort to be prepared for Group B. This involved not only fitting a 1.8ltr turbo charged engine with 300bhp, but more importantly converting it to rear wheel drive!!!!! No mean feat. A 2.4ltr turbo engine was also tested, however due to the persistent problems the project was dropped in favour for the legendary RS200. Despite that 18 cars were built, most were crushed following the cancelling of the project.
It’s such a shame that we never got to get, even in limited numbers, a full on rally version of the Mk3. Now the one below is a replica of that prototype with the full rear wheel drive conversion and rally spec, it’s truly something to see with those iconic quad round front lights.
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