Ford RS200 Ex-Works (B200 YEV)Advert ID: 42425 €550,000 EUR
Ford RS200 Ex-Works (B200 YEV). One of 3 Ex-Works RS200s extant, Restored, a Unique opportunity
Group B was a change in regulations introduced in 1982 by the FIA for Sportscars and Rally cars which replaced Group 4 and Group 5. 200 cars were required for homologation, but the new regulations had relatively few restrictions. Turbocharged engines, four-wheel drive and state of the art materials were all allowed which resulted in some of the most powerful competition machines ever produced. Within a five year span the power output alone had doubled thus coupled with improved traction it is clear to understand how the game really moved on in terms of performance, this compounded the effort and ability of the drivers and the sport of rallying (arguably) became the top flight of motorsport for a brief period.
Unfortunately, due to a succession of unfortunate accidents the decision to outlaw Group B as the premier category of the WRC was made in late 1986 (for the upcoming 1987 season onwards) and the cars thus ensured their legendary status. They basically became a victim of their own success.
A relative latecomer to the Group B era, Ford’s flagship the RS200 made its competitive WRC debut at the Swedish Rally in 1986. The Quattro put paid to Ford’s initial plans to run the Escort RS1700T thus a new 4WD design was sought. Engineered by Brit John Wheeler, the RS200 featured an extremely rigid chassis which incorporated aluminium honeycomb, high strength alloy subframes and a steel roll-cage. A Ferguson 4WD system was employed, double wishbones suspension all round, and the turbocharged Cosworth BDT engine (used from the 1700T) was clad in composite body panels. With the might of the blue oval behind it in terms of finance and engineering resource it was a very capable rally car.
Even though 200 cars were required for homologation records however state that just 146 RS200s were ‘sold’ (the remaining required numbers were ‘dismantled for spares’…), it was homologated by the FIA from 1st February 1986 with number B280.
B200 YEV is one of the few genuine works RS200s and was registered to Ford on the 4th February 1986. The car was entered by Ford in two rounds of the 1986 World Rally Championship to be driven by rally legend Stig Blomqvist, the International Swedish Rally (an event that John Wheeler remains confident they would have won if not for a servicing oversight) and the ill-fated Rallye de Portugal.
It also took part in the 1986 Circuit of Ireland with UK works driver Mark Lovell at the helm where he took a credible 4th place despite him struggling with the ‘dog box’. Subsequently a win at the South Swedish Rally in the hands of Stig Blomqvist was credited and a 2nd place was achieved by Kalle Grundel in the Audi Sport National Rally in October rounding off the car’s competitive career.
As with a lot of the now redundant Group B cars, it then was sold post season. The car was purchased by Norwegian Thor Holm who entered it in the 1986 and 1987 British Rallycross Grand Prix and the 1987 and 1988 European Rallycross Championships. Holm also tackled the infamous Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in 1988 achieving an impressive 5th place overall.
After the Pikes Peak event it was returned to rally specification and purchased in March 1989 by Klaas Zwart, founder of Ascari Cars and the Ascari Race Resort in Spain. At the time he was based in Aberdeen for business thus for some time B200 YEV was displayed at the Grampian Transport Museum in Aberdeenshire. Zwart owned the car for approximately twenty years before selling it to a collector in the South of England.
In 2012 the current owner purchased the car via ourselves and immediately commissioned a ground-up restoration by Brian (Baz) Cannon of Rally World/RPM Performance, supported by engine and transmission experts Julian Godfrey Engineering. Fittingly, the restoration was overseen by the Chief Engineer of the RS200 project, John Wheeler himself who had inspected the car prior to purchase also. The restoration was completed in time for Stig Blomqvist himself to drive it in the 2012 Eifel Rallye Festival. It has since been used sparingly and resided as part of a private collection with a passionate focus on competition cars.
Today we consider this important works RS200 to be in excellent condition and ready for its next owner. Of note, it is regarded that in terms of credibility; B200 YEV remains one of just 3 works-built and works-sponsored RS200s extant in rally trim and with the other two safely in long-term ownership this could be the only opportunity for some time to acquire such an important piece of Ford’s rich rally history.
1986 International Swedish Rally #1 Stig Blomqvist/Bruno Berglund DNF
1986 Rallye de Portugal WRC #4 Stig Blomqvist/Bruno Berglund Withdrawn
1986 Circuit of Ireland #7 Mark Lovell/Peter Davis 4th
1986 South Swedish Rally #2 Stig Blomqvist/Bruno Berglund 1st
1986 Audi Sport National Rally #2 Kalle Grundel/Benny Melander 2nd
1986 British Rallycross, GP, Brands Hatch Thor Holm 6th
1987 British Rallycross, GP, Brands Hatch Thor Holm 5th
1987 European Rallycross Championship:
Division 2, Round 1, Austria Thor Holm 4th
Division 2, Round 2, Sweden Thor Holm 9th
Division 2, Round 3, Finland Thor Holm 13th
Division 2, Round 4, Spain Thor Holm 7th
Division 2, Round 5, France Thor Holm 8th
Division 2, Round 6, Ireland Thor Holm 7th
Division 2, Round 7, Belgium Thor Holm 12th
Division 2, Round 8, Holland Thor Holm 5th
Division 2, Round 10, Holland Thor Holm 16th
(Did not compete in rounds 9 and 11)
1988 European Rallycross Championship:
Division 2, Round 1, Spain Thor Holm 2nd
Division 2, Round 2, Austria Thor Holm 7th
Division 2, Round 3, Sweden Thor Holm 3rd
Division 2, Round 4, Finland Thor Holm DNF
Division 2, Round 5, Ireland Thor Holm DNF
(Only competed in first five rounds)
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