The Ford RS 200 Group B Rally Racer! | Homologation Special

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_video link="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T1VMv4J5aow"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]ah this car feels so good [Music] hello everyone i'm gaston rosato this is season seven episode 10 and i'm franco rosato and i'm extremely excited about this week's car a car that holds a big part of the motorsport history none other than the 1986 ford rs200 the rs200 is a special car on its own this car being particularly even more special in this episode we're going to talk about some of those details and history of the rs200 but first if you're new to the channel please go back to our archive hundreds of videos of cars as exclusive as this that's right hit that subscribe button renzo you and i let's go for the drive let's get on the road [Applause] all right first things first very obvious we're in a very tight cabin so this is a fixed bucket seat very aggressive bucket seat it's tight and you can only go back and forth also i want to know that you know there's a very strict cold start procedure reminding us right here with this big sticker right on the windshield i love it and it ends with failure to observe correct procedure may result in expensive engine damage so so we followed this procedure the car is nice and warmed up we are all up to temperature on the oil on the water we have fuel pressure water pressure battery is in the green let's go and enjoy this [Music] you know it is an 80s car charge infamous for lagging oh yeah you know city driving like this isn't going to be the most rewarding drive but we'll see if we can open up the throttle in just a little bit to get that groupie push i forgot my note cards to read out the next churns for you so right there we just hit the 4500 rpm and you start to understand what this thing is all about that's a turbo gauge just boost up and it comes to life you know it puts you in a really good place it's a it's a quite you know we didn't even step on it but you it became alive you felt it it's important to note that this red steering wheel and the red buckets are factory the red mirror no it's not factory it is the original mirror under previous ownership it was it was painted red i kind of like it to be honest it's a cool little distinctive feature yeah very short wheelbase allows for a very tight turn radius oh yeah [Music] this is [Music] is nice very smooth very smooth the transition of power from gear to gear and the car feels solid i enjoy that turbo lag the way it surges through [Music] [Music] ah this car feels so good i'm not gonna lie i'm impressed and i'm not even i'm not killing it you know i mean we're just driving we're driving it strong but we're not killing it here let me tell you i'm very impressed she redlines at 8 500 rpm and these pools that we've been doing have not surpassed 6 000 oh we're not redlining it not even close to it i love the sounds [Music] [Music] climb out of this thing [Music] well this is my first time as a passenger on an rs200 which is probably a little more frightening yeah these pedals are pretty tight [Music] uh this is really tight steering wheel the pedals seat well we got this massive tub right here in the middle which obviously houses the transmission allows the mid-mountain engine transmissions up front [Music] and that of course was done to help balance the car for weight distribution purposes [Music] back from the wonderful drive what a thrill renzo the car behaves so well it does i want to just kind of emphasize on the fact that we're miami summer time you know urban driving if you will right you know we kept an eye on those gauges of the whole time everything in the green throughout probably what a 20 minute drive in total so very pleased in how the car is behaving and this one in particular such a low low mile example perhaps the lowest mile example rs200 in the world and i'm a little bit torn between that because i can appreciate and i love preservation cars thanks to those cars we know what the standard is and how these cars should be for future restoration projects and things like that right at the same time it was a cart so purposely built and for some of the most hardcore racing in the world and yet there she sits so so untouched and so preserved with under 3 500 miles you know so we're talking about a little over 500 kilometers it's truly something to admire it's impressive and i want to go into a little bit of the birth of the rs200 and i think it's important i don't mean to cut you off because i'm probably guilty of this in the past but i'll never use it again i hate the saying if you know you know because if you don't know you deserve to know yeah it's an amazing history and that's true for all amazing cars exactly so continue as we mentioned in the cars a homologated car 200 were produced so we can classify for the group b and ford had started with a previous project to classify group b which will be a turbocharged rear wheel drive car known as the rs 1700t now that project didn't go as planned it was a failed failed uh um project and instead of writing it off as a loss or or just scratching it off completely they kind of flipped the script and they went with an all-wheel drive car and a mid-engine placed turbocharged 1.8 cylinder car which is the rs200 it's funny because the rs200 actually shares some parts with the sierra yeah and that makes sense yeah because they had to make this car from scratch right right which by the way uh tony southgate f1 designer developed the chassis for the car there's a lot of research development a lot of uh resource exactly they had to produce the best power plant the best drivetrain and you know taking parts from the sierra made sense so the doors are the sierra doors they're a little bit chopped they're a little modified to fit so is the windshield you're going to see sierra components yeah for the buttons and the real tear lights and right right and things like that and so that was obviously saving cost that's what that was all about at the time the body was designed italian design right here and the bodies were actually made by the reliant motor company in england well the cars were manufactured there they were manufactured there because they they had the experience of working with fiber fiberglass right as we know this body is mainly composed of the plastic fiberglass obviously to save weight and we mentioned it in the car it's a rear mid-engine car with the transmission placed in the front i got that big tunnel exactly it's a big tunnel so now the power goes to the front wheels first then goes back into the the rear wheels making it actually very complex drive drive train and made it a very very well balanced car it's probably known for being one of the most balanced cars out there and when it came to the racing history of the car it really didn't have the most amazing uh pedigree right but that's okay i think the failure of that lack of pedigree right you know all of a sudden it becomes automotive history and and we're so i guess thankful for that failure because yeah it's not you know it's not the only car without a group v history of course the car was debuted it was short-lived but then they went on to do other things besides group b right and you know there was these cars were highly highly modified i mean the streetcar like you mentioned 250 horsepower right but there there's there's versions out there that go up to they're saying it's between seven and eight hundred i can't imagine would it be to drive this power with that kind of power and also to think that that power plant can produce that kind of power we're so underpowered right now that you know you think how do you break that engine with it exactly it's it's it's that's astonishing to think that that thing could have that much horsepower in it um and you know i think the engineering part of the car is most fascinating it's incredible yeah that radiator that sits on the roof the scoops on the side and the top of the roof it's aggressive i keep looking back there because the car is back there yeah and and i just i just the design and the suspension yeah so the wishbone suspension double wishbone suspension double coilover suspension on all four four corners uh for handling purposes i really want to take that car out and take it to the limit you know this is not the example of do it no at least not for me i'm not gonna do it personally yeah but if you know whoever buys this car and that's what they're going to do with it i mean i congratulate them because at the end of course that's what they were meant to do and unfortunately there's not many examples out there i think that you can do that with because and speaking of examples this one in particular is believed to be the last customer delivered car chassis number zero zero one six nine uh and it would make sense based on the chassis number uh and it's also reported that the car left the factory in england in august of 1994 so very late delivery for whatever reason wow went to the first owner here in the united states in michigan uh and then stayed very long-term ownership and then it changed hands twice more after that but basically the biggest part of its life have been one single owner and that under you know that that makes sense why the mileage exactly the car comes with the manual and we have some service history last year it received a full full uh a very comprehensive mechanical update simply not because of the miles obviously it's the time right the time the overhaul of turbo and fuel lines and brake lines and it's all detailed as far as what was done to it and and you feel it when you're driving yeah and and i know whoever ends up with this car is going to enjoy it um if i if i were to keep the car do some modifications and that would probably just be change the bucket seats be a little bit more in there because i like you said this is something that i think the car is beautiful the speed line wheels yeah i love i said speed line and it also says ford motorsports exactly very special a lot a lot of special things of this car and it's i don't get tired of looking at it every day we walk in here i i sit there at least for like a minute or two and just appreciate that there's nothing else like that on the road and that's why people use that phrase if you know you know because it's such a small pocket such a small segment of the market yeah that it takes a true connoisseur or a true enthusiast to to understand the beauty the history and the relevance of this car so with that we want to just end this episode we want to thank you for watching and we hope this car goes to the right home we do we do and we hope you guys get to enjoy you know the visuals and then we try to bring you as much as we can to our to our viewers so they can you know experience these cars as much as we can we're very lucky to be in the position we're in to do this hopefully it justifies us exactly so folks please hit that subscribe button for more content thank you for watching and we'll see you next week i'm renzo rosato and i'm gaston rossad peace out<br><!-- wp:image {"id":1776,"sizeSlug":"large","linkDestination":"none"} -->rn<figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img class="wp-image-1776" src="https://en.videoencontexto.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/The_Ford_RS_200_Group_B_Rally_Racer__Homologation_Special_T1VMv4J5aow.jpg" alt="The Ford RS 200 Group B Rally Racer! | Homologation Special" /></figure>rn<!-- /wp:image -->[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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