Although the Ford Escort rarely features high on the list of the Blue Oval's most memorable models in the U. That list includes both the famous RS Cosworth variant from the s and its double-decker rear spoiler, but also the spectacular rally cars of the earlier rear-wheel-drive Mk 1 and Mk 2 generations. Thanks to progressive upgrades to engines, transmission and suspensions, they have stayed at the sharp end of European rallying ever since, especially in the U. The huge popularity of the Escort has created a thriving market in both upgrades and parts, with U. But I know Ford is very proud of what the car has achieved and continues to achieve. While most interest has been from those planning to take their new Escorts rallying, Ellis confirms that some will be built as highly tuned road cars.
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It was designed to qualify as a Group A car for the World Rally Championship , in which it competed between and It was available as a road car from until in very limited numbers. The first cars made before 1 January are in fact "Homologation special versions.
John Wheeler and Mike Moreton prepared such a prototype, which was refined in Boreham, with the aid of Stig Blomqvist. The car was tested by multiple drivers, as well as by some key Ford decision-makers, which helped a lot to convince Ford Management to invest in the project in The first complete prototype was finished during Christmas , and it was presented to the press in early January