An extraordinarily rare 1986 Ford RS200 Evolution is currently up for sale and perfect for anyone who is a fan of the iconic Group B rally era.
Ford unveiled the car in 1984 to meet FIA Group B racing homologation requirements. Just 146 examples were produced for the road, and of them, a mere 24 are the hugely-desirable Evolution variant. This one is chassis 106 and, according to Canepa, could be the finest example ever produced.
Chassis 106 was custom-tailored to its first owner and painted white with a fully-trimmed interior that includes a suede-wrapped MOMO steering wheel. As if that wasn’t enough, this car’s 2.1-liter turbocharged engine develops approximately 600 hp, roughly 100 hp more than a standard Evolution thanks to a ported Mk II head, larger turbocharger, IMSA-spec intercooler, cockpit adjustable boost dial, and a 4-inch rally exhaust system.
Despite the upgrades Ford made at the factory, the original owner wanted more performance and sent the engine to Brian Hart Limited in the UK for further tuning. With a new ECU and some other modifications, output was lifted to 704 hp at 8,000 rpm and 535 lb-ft (725 Nm) of torque at 5,550 rpm.
The original owner sold the car in 2003 and it has since been restored with the cosmetics given a fresh new finish and the chassis and mechanical components being meticulously overhauled. Later on during the car’s life, Canepa worked extensively on improving its streetability, as well as the engine, so it now delivers 615 hp and 510 lb-ft (691 Nm) but has a better power and torque curve.
Photos courtesy of Canepa