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Escort WRC
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Intended as intermediate between old Gr-A Escort RS Cosworth and all-new Focus, Escort WRC was first official Ford rally car built by Malcolm Wilson's M-Sport. First examples, which appeared in Monte Carlo 1997, were built in extreme haste and under enormous pressure. No wonder Malcolm described those weeks as "fraught".

First version was built hastily from Group A Escort RS Cosworth and saw gradual development through-out the 1997 season. For 1998 new engine was introduced, co-developed by TWR (Tom Walkinshaw Racing, force behind Arrows F1 team).

Car was rallied for two seasons and ended the glorious Ford Escort rallying heritage, though not too proudly. It was evident that M-Sport resources were directed towards new Focus and despite valiant efforts of Sainz and Kankkunen Escort could not hold it's own against new breed of rally cars.

Statistics
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Debut WRC event: Monte Carlo 1997
Best WRC result: 1st by Carlos Sainz in Acropolis 1997
 1st by Carlos Sainz in Indonesia 1997
Rallies contested: 28  (works entries)
WRC starts: 55  (works entries)
Outright wins: 2  (wins to rallies ratio 7.1%)
Podiums: 23  (podiums to starts ratio 41.8%)
DNF's: 14  (DNF's to starts ratio 25.5 %)
Points scored: 152  (manufacturer championship points)
Avg points per rally: 5.4  
Technical data
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Group and class World Rally Car
Engine
Location: Front longitudinal
Turbo: Yes
Cylinders: 4 in line
Valves: 16
Bore x stroke: 90.8 x 76.9 mm
Cubic capacity: 1993 cc
Power: 300 hp
Torque: 490 Nm
Compression ratio: 9.6:1
Dimensions
Length: 4211 mm
Width: 1770 mm
Height: 1425 mm
Wheelbase: 2550 mm
Front track: 1530 mm
Rear track: 1530 mm
Weight: 1230 kg
Transmission
Drive: 4WD
Gears: 6
Sequential: Yes
Clutch plates: 3
sainz escort wrc
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Carlos Sainz, Acropolis 1997 Click picture to see larger version in a pop-up window
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