Sport compact cars have come a long way since the days when they were warmed-over econoboxes. The new breed of high-performance compacts is so good, that when we get behind the wheel of an older-generation pocket rocket, we typically tend to be disappointed by how slow and not all that well put together it actually is. Back in its heyday, it was regarded as one of the best hot hatchbacks money could buy. It was so good, fast and dangerous, that insurance companies in Europe actually tried to kill it.
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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 A front splitter and rear wing were already present in this prototype, the same design as it would be used in the next years in competition.
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. One of the main selling points was the Cosworth YBT , a highly tunable turbocharged 2.
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.