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Ford RS200
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Apart from abortive Citroen BX4TC, Ford's RS200 was the most short-lived Group B rally car. It was technically ready for competition by fall of 1985 but as homologation wasn't ready until February 1986, it's competitive debut came in 1986 Swedish Rally and career in WRC ended after just four rallies. Due to it's short career, no evolution version was ever brought out though one was in development. It would have had 580 horsepower (much better but still less than opposition) and weight reduced to the limit set by the regulations.

RS200 sported some radical ideas. It had the best weight distribution of all Group B cars - 49/51 front/rear - because engine was at back while gearbox was at front. This solution, though it provided excellent weight distribution, also called two long propshafts, one from engine to gearbox and one from gearbox to rear differential. Another radical idea was use of double dampers on each corner, giving the car the best possible ride on all conditions.

Statistics
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Debut WRC event: Sweden 1986
Best WRC result: 3rd by Karl Grundel in Sweden 1986
Rallies contested: 4  (works entries)
WRC starts: 11  (works entries)
Outright wins: 0  
Podiums: 1  (podiums to starts ratio 9.1%)
DNF's: 9  (DNF's to starts ratio 81.8 %)
Points scored: 24  (manufacturer championship points)
Avg points per rally: 6.0  
Technical data
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Group and class B
Engine
Location: Middle longitudinal
Turbo: Yes
Cylinders: 4 in line
Valves: 16
Bore x stroke: 86.0 x 77.6 mm
Cubic capacity: 1804 cc
Power: 420 hp
Torque: 490 Nm
Compression ratio: 7.8:1
Dimensions
Length: 4000 mm
Width: 1764 mm
Height: 1316 mm
Wheelbase: 2530 mm
Front track: 1502 mm
Rear track: 1498 mm
Weight: 1080 kg
Transmission
Drive: 4WD
Gears: 5
Sequential: No
Clutch plates: 2
Ford RS200
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