Ford of Britain 100: Image of the Week – Ford RS200
BRENTWOOD, Essex, 28th December, 2011 – To celebrate the centenary of Ford of Britain in 2011 the company has explored its photo archive to reveal rarely seen images.
Ford’s unique relationship with Britain and its society has been illustrated each week by specially selected pictures.
Rallying is a tough, and sometimes cruel, sport. Designed as a Group B rally car, the RS200 was turbocharged, mid-engined, light, 4-wheel driven, and fast on any surface. As regulations demanded, 200 examples were built in the UK with production starting in 1986.
Its rallying career was cut short when the FIA reacted to a number of serious accidents by banning aerodynamic devices on Group B cars and then calling a halt to the entire class from 1987. As a result the RS200 was transformed from stark rally car to a more luxurious road car specification, albeit one that was still cramped, noisy, high-revving and physically demanding to drive.
This entry was posted on January 6, 2012 by Joel Strickland. It was filed under Automotive Photography, Motorsport, Photography and was tagged with Ford, ford britain, ford rs200, ford uk, Group B Rallying, Rallying.