Hardtop convertibles are very much commonplace nowadays. Combining the advantages of a hardtop and a convertible, it allows people to enjoy the wind while driving if the weather is fine and also enjoy weather protection when the weather is less than cooperative. While this technology is more or less unappreciated now (perhaps because the technology is now so commonplace), it was such a marvel to see back in the day. The first production hardtop in automotive history (or at least in an American car) was seen in the Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner, a car that was produced from 1957 to 1959.
The man responsible for the creation of the Skyliner is a man by the name of Gil Spear. He proposed “Roof-O-Matic”, an automatic roof system wherein the hardtop is stowed into the trunk when not in use. Together with Ben Smith, they engineered a retractable hardtop for the Ford Fairlane. The mechanism was relatively simple: raise the rear deck, unlatch the top, fold the top to fit into the space allotted for it, stow the roof, then close the decklid. However, executing this is not as easy as it sounds.
Here is a list of some of the modifications present in the Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner to make the hardtop function work. 7 electric motors play different roles to make the sequence work. To synchronize the functions of each motor, a cycling switch, 10 limit switches, and 10 relays are used. The Skyliner also has a unique decklid, rear fenders, a frame longer than the standard Fairlane convertible by 6 inches, repositioned cross-members and fuel tank, and 18 new body mounts just to name some of them. All these modifications added 500 pounds on the Fairlane’s overall weight.
To offset such a weight disadvantage, various modifications are employed on the Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner. The extra weight required the use of wider heavy-duty steel wheels to support the weight of the car. Also, engine choices are limited to the more powerful variants, with the 272-cid V8 engine producing 190 horsepower coming as standard. Perhaps the most intriguing engine in the Skyliner product line is the so-called F-Code engine. It is a 312-cid engine that comes with a McCulloch supercharger, increasing maximum output to at least 300 horsepower.
The Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner became very popular overnight because of its unique hardtop. But more than just for the novelty of owning the world’s first production car with a retractable hardtop, this car is a legitimate luxury cruiser. Just about everyone loves its distinctively 50s design and its tastefully-sorted interior. However, if there’s a weakness to such a groundbreaking automobile, it is the price. Costing more than 3000 dollars each in 1957, a lot of buyers believe the Skyliner is too expensive for what it offers.
While the Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner was not as successful as initially hoped, it is still one of the most unique cars to come out of the 1950s. They are still well-appreciated today, with fully-restored and complete examples fetching prices in the $50000-75000 range.
Tuning Ford Mustangs has always been very popular. After all, they are affordable, attractive, and carry loads of performance potential. Some extreme tuner Mustangs have come out of the woodwork over the years, boasting beefed-up components, overpowering engines, and relentless performance. Karl Geiger, a German importer of American cars and known tuner of muscle cars such as the Mustang, has come up with the Geiger Ford Shelby GT500. This just might be the best-tuned Mustang to come out of the market as of late.
Geiger’s claim to fame is the creation of the Geiger Ford Shelby GT640 Golden Snake, a gold-colored pony car with a tuned Shelby engine that produces 640 horsepower. However, before the Golden Snake, there is the Geiger Ford Shelby GT500, a machine made with meaner stuff. It comes with a host of modifications that don’t seem visible on the surface. While it still looks like your usual GT500, it packs enough goodies inside that it will decimate a stock GT500, as formidable as it is, with utter ease.
Just like most tuner cars, the component that takes most of the headlines in the Geiger Ford Shelby GT500 is the engine. It is still the same 5.4 liter supercharged V8 engine seen on the stock GT500, but Geiger upgraded it to the point that it simply gained a completely different character. A 3.3 liter Whipple supercharger is installed to create extra boost. Combined with other modifications such as larger throttle valves, ported cylinder heads, and improved fuel injection system, maximum output is now measured at 799 horsepower and 697 lb-ft of torque.
A host of modifications must be done to help the Geiger Ford Shelby GT500 handle all that power. It all starts with the drivetrain system. The stock 6-speed manual transmission received a number of updates to reinforce it. A triple-plate carbon clutch is created to ensure no slippage occurs during the shifting of gears. Cornering characteristics are improved with the help of Geiger’s reinforced racing chassis. This is complemented by upgraded suspension parts such as polyurethane bushings and adjustable lower control arms. Ensuring that the car can stop as good as it accelerates, upgraded 15-inch disc brakes with 6 pistons are installed. OZ Racing 20-inch wheels, 8.5 inches wide at the front and 10 inches at the rear, are installed on the front.
While there are no extensive road tests done with this car, it is safe to say that the Geiger Ford Shelby GT500 has a strong case to being the fastest tuner Mustang in the world today. Due to its immense power, it’s estimated that it can accelerate from 0-to-100 in the 3-second range. Furthermore, according to Geiger, their Shelby is capable of reaching speeds of over 200 mph. Plus with all the reinforcements installed in this car, it is safe to say that it is just as fast on the corners as it is on a straight line.
The Geiger Ford Shelby GT500 is a product that all Ford and Mustang enthusiasts will be excited about. With its borderline crazy performance figures, this car can burn rubber and has the ability to leave a lot of fast cars at the dust.
The Ford Probe Zakspeed is any of the six units produced by Zakspeed and designed by Ford. The Ford Probe Zakspeed’s design is based loosely on the Ford Mustang GTP, and is the successor of the said Ford model. Ford Probe Zakspeed was a success in several races but its history is full of potholes. It was born out of a need of Ford to come out with a fuel efficient car. In order to market a safe, environment-friendly, and compact car to promote the company, Ford looked to its European operation for direction.
The Ford Probe Zakspeed ran with a 2.1-liter turbocharged engine and a variant of the Cosworth BDA straight-four engine. The said engine is capable of packing of 600 HP power (447 kW), and is unique in the IMSA GTP race with its engine mounted in the front of the car. Although the car easily qualified in the race, the reliability of the engine became a problem.
However, when IMSA GT Championship’s GTX race car class became obsolete, the IMSA GTP class was introduced. This became a problem since Ford’s Mustang GTX is no longer qualified to the new category. As a result, Ford brought Bob Riley onboard to design the Ford Mustang GTP which had a 2.1-liter turbo-charged front-mounted engine.
However, the engine was unreliable, which did not sit well with Zakspeed, the German tune-up company, and replaced it with the Ford Probe Zakspeed. The Ford Probe Zakspeed was built in Niederzissen, Germany.
The Ford Probe Zakspeed variant was designed by Paul Brown with an engine designed collaboratively by Zakspeed and Ford. The 2.1-liter Double Overhead Camshaft (DOHC) turbocharged engine is front mounted which was highly unusual in the GT class. The chassis was designed to improve stability and to decrease the overall weight and was built with a combination of carbon fiber, Aramid fiber, aluminum honeycomb and reinforced with Kevlar in several key areas. The chassis and body was built by Protofab.
The 16 valve 4-cylinder engine produces 650 HP of raw power and can propel the Ford Probe Zakspeed of up to 230 mph.
The Ford Probe Zakspeed was first introduced in May 1985 at the IMSA GTP racing at Laguna Seca. It was sleek and fast but the problem was the engine being overburdened of producing 650 horsepower from a 2.1-liter 4-cylinder engine. This resulted to the engine pistons melting due to overheating. Also, the car’s aerodynamics property was doubtful, and the car itself became increasingly difficult to drive when the fuel levels became low. The gearbox used the conventional Hewland VG500 5-speed manual transmission. The length pegged 186.6 feet, 78 feet for the width, and a total height of 40.5 feet. The total weight was at 1984 lbs.
It officially entered its first race in the 15th round of IMSA FT Championship, which used 1.7-liter version because the 2.1-liter engine was not yet ready. The first to drive the Ford Probe Zakspeed was Klaus Ludwig which resulted to a victory in the race by two laps. By 1984, the 2.1-liter engine was ready and the Ford Probe Zakspeed joined the Grand Prix of Miami. A puncture in front left suspension of the car resulted to 25th place finish.
The Ford F-150 is no stranger to sporty iterations. Tuned versions of this popular truck have been made in-house by Ford for quite a while now. Yet among these fast trucks, it can be said that the Ford F-150 SVT Raptor is the most unique of them all. While the popular approach for fast trucks is to make them resemble sports cars, for the Raptor, Ford used the approach of making it a street-legal rally raid machine. Since being introduced in 2010, this car has been a huge hit. Does the 2014 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor manage to retain the magic of its predecessors?
The 2014 version of the Raptor is not all that different from the 2013 version, which is not all that bad to begin with. The exterior still looks extremely rugged, with bright colors and outlandish graphics adorning it. Compared to its siblings, the 2014 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor has a higher ride height (2 inches) and a wider track (7 inches), necessary for traveling on rough terrain. Completing the look is a set of forged aluminum wheels that can be converted into beadlock-type wheels when necessary. These wheels are fitted with special 35-inch BF-Goodrich All-Terrain Tires. HID lamps can be installed as optional equipment.
The interior remains virtually similar to the previous models. Seats both in the front and rear are heavily bolstered, which is essential for providing comfort and support for occupants when taking on rough terrain. Setting the interior of the 2014 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor apart further from the rest of the F-150 line are detailing such as shades of matte gray and aluminum on the dashboard and center console. This car definitely has an interior befitting of a premium sport truck.
In the business end of things, the mechanical components of the 2014 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor remain virtually the same. It still has the top-of-the-line Boss 6.2 liter V8 engine that has a maximum output of 411 horsepower and 434 lb-ft of torque. The power is then harnessed by a 6-speed automatic transmission with SelectShift technology. Power is distributed to a full-time 4-wheel drive system. A Torsen limited-slip differential is installed to improve power distribution to the wheels. Axle ratios are set at 4.10:1.
The performance of this truck has always been overwhelming. While it is not as nimble as some sport trucks are, one must remember that the Raptor’s focus is not for on-road racing. From its heavy-duty suspension to its all-terrain tires, the purpose of the 2014 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor is very clear: take on trails that most fast trucks won’t even dare to travel on. However, if someone does engage it on an on-road race, the Raptor is capable of going 0-to-100 in 7 seconds. And with some improvements on its unique suspension, it can corner much better too than in previous years.
While this is not the fastest sport truck out there, a case can be made that the 2014 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor is the most unique production sport truck in the world today.
The Ford GT40 is undisputedly the greatest sports car to ever come out of Ford’s factories both then and now. The brainchild of Henry Ford II and crafted with the help of racing luminaries such as Carroll Shelby, this car was designed to take on endurance racing and win convincingly. It dominated Le Mans from 1966 to 1969, earning it the distinction of being the “Ferrari Killer”, which is exactly what Henry II envisioned with this car to begin with. As one of the greatest Ford cars ever built, the Ford GT was created to be a tribute to this car’s legacy.
The GT was created to commemorate the centennial anniversary of Ford. It is bigger, taller, and wider than its classic counterpart, but it retained virtually all of the lines of the original. Just like the original GT40, this new-age car was designed to take on the best sports cars from all over the world and come out victorious. While the design is undoubtedly classic, Ford took a modern approach in building the Ford GT. Aluminum is used for the body panels and space frame chassis. Carbon fiber is also used in strategic places of the body to reduce weight.
On the interior, the retro-themed flavor continues. The interior is designed like a true supercar should: minimalist but by no means cheap. Retro-styled gauges are all around the dashboard and are easy to read even while traveling at high speed. While space may seem like a problem at first, even tall people should fit into the Ford GT without much problem. It must be noted that its unique doors might make exiting from the car in tight spaces a difficult task.
It is in the mechanical department where the Ford GT makes its mark. The engine used for this car is a Modular 5.4 liter V8 engine. However, with modifications such as the addition of a twin screw-type supercharger, the use of a dry sump oiling system, and the use of unique camshafts and cylinder heads, max power is increased to 550 horsepower and 500 lb-ft of torque. The engine is mated to a Ricardo 6-speed manual transmission that comes with a helical limited-slip differential.
The performance of the Ford GT is simply spectacular. Its acceleration times: 0-to-100 km/h in 3.5 seconds, 0-to-100 mph in 7.4 seconds, and 0-to-250 km/h in 17 seconds, are all unheard-of during the time of this car’s release. The top speed of this car is at an electronically-limited 205 miles per hour or 330 kilometers per hour. Thanks to Brembo cross-drilled and vented disc brakes, stopping power is beyond impressive. Last but not least, with its superior aerodynamics, well-sorted suspension settings, and low center of gravity, this car’s handling character is nothing less than awesome.
Ford has done it once again. Almost 40 years since it was first released, the Ford GT makes a triumphant return. Just like its predecessor and doppelganger, it has world-beating performance. Now this is a retro car that definitely lives up to the hype.
For many years, the Ford F-150 is considered as the standard of what a full-sized pickup truck should be. A best-seller in most parts of the globe, it combines an intimidating presence, a car-like cockpit, and impressive hauling capabilities to turn itself into an automotive legend. However, for a majority of the past decade, the F-150 is saddled with outdated and overmatched engines. When the 12th generation Ford F-150 was released in 2009, it came with engine updates that aim to revitalize the much-revered F-150 franchise. In this review, the 2014 Ford F-150 Boss will be put into the spotlight.
While the Boss name is associated by Ford fans to the almost-race-ready variants of the equally-legendary Mustang, the Boss name used for the F-150 has nothing to do with it. Actually, the Boss is the name of the top-of-the-line 6.2 liter V8 engine installed in the F-150 and other trucks within the F-series family. This engine comes as optional equipment for all trims of the F-150, while it comes as standard equipment for the performance-oriented F-150 SVT Raptor. The 2014 Ford F-150 Boss is considered as the top-of-the-line product in terms of engine capability.
To better understand what the 2014 Ford F-150 Boss is all about, it’s crucial to take a closer look at the engine that makes it tick. As said earlier, the displacement of this V8 engine is measured at 6.2 liters. Sharing some similarities to the Modular engine, its biggest features include an overhead camshaft valve train arrangement, 2 valves and 2 spark plugs per cylinder, and dual equal variable cam timing. It has a 4.53 inch bore spacing, allowing for larger valves and bore diameters. The engine has a cast-iron cylinder block for maximum durability, and aluminum pistons and cylinder heads for weight savings. All these result to a maximum output of 411 horsepower and 434 lb-ft of torque.
Just like previous iterations of the F-150, you can customize your 2014 Ford F-150 Boss according to how you want it. You can select from 4 different variants: Regular Cab, Super Cab, Super Crew, and SVT Raptor. Each of these variants boast of an abundance of space inside, meaning both driver and passenger can sit comfortably. Optional equipment include a rearview camera, an integrated trailer-brake controller, and a voice-activated navigation system.
When it comes to performance, the 2014 Ford F-150 Boss has some interesting figures. It has the most speed and hauling capacity among all F-150 variants. 0-to-100 acceleration is completed within 7 seconds. Its towing capacity is also the best among engine variants, measuring at a whopping 11300 pounds. Its fuel economy is measured at 15 miles per gallon for 2WD variants and 13 miles per gallon for 4WD variants. Impressively enough, with its 4-wheel disc brakes, this truck can stop from 100-to-0 within 130 feet.
It is said that what made the present-generation Ford F-150 relevant again is the great selection of engines. While the other engine offerings (a base V6 engine, a 5.0 liter V8, and a 3.5 liter EcoBoost V6) are great in their own right, the 2014 Ford F-150 Boss, with its Boss 6.2 liter V8, surely deserves a place in your garage.
The Shelby GT500 represents the top-of-the-line Mustang, and the 2013 version is no exception to that. In fact, it can be argued that the 2013 Ford Shelby GT500 might not just be the most extreme Mustang ever, but it just might be the most extreme production muscle car ever built.
The 2013 Ford Shelby GT500 is the handiwork of Ford’s Special Vehicles Team (SVT). Obviously challenged by the offerings of their counterparts such as the Camaro ZL1 and the Corvette ZR1 (both from Chevrolet) and the Dodge Viper, they sought out to create the best Mustang they can possibly create. Other than the addition of some aerodynamic parts, Cobra emblems, and racing stripes, it is easy to dismiss this car as just another Mustang. But perhaps this is how SVT exactly wants it.
The 2013 Ford Shelby GT500 is available in both coupe variants, with the coupe available with an optional glass roof. Coming as standard are race-ready Recaro front seats wrapped with leather. Heated front seats are optional, but most owners would probably prefer the Recaro. Air-conditioning, cruise control, and an eight-speaker sound system are among the creature comforts that come as standard equipment in this car.
For the 2013 Ford Shelby GT500, it is the engine that undoubtedly gets the headlines. The 5.8 liter V8 engine is reinforced with forged pistons, cranks, rods, and camshafts. With increased compression ratio and a bigger Roots supercharger, maximum output is measured at 662 horsepower and 631 lb-ft of torque. According to Ford, this Shelby is the most powerful American-made production car ever built. It also comes with an upgraded fuel injector, head gaskets, and exhaust valves.
A lot of the components of the 2013 Ford Shelby GT500 are reinforced to handle its historically-powerful motor. The entire construction of the 6-speed transmission, from the gears to the case, is reinforced. The dual-disc clutch from ZF is made from stronger components and has increased clamping load. A one-piece carbon fiber driveshaft carries the engine’s momentum into the rear wheels very well. A 3.31 final drive gearing is made possible by the engine’s massive torque, and ultimately allows this Shelby to have a top speed of over 200 miles per hour. 15-inch disc brakes on the front and 14-inch ones on the rear provide stopping power to equal this car’s massive accelerating ability.
The performance of the 2013 Ford Shelby GT500 is amazing, considering that most of its mass is concentrated on the front. May it be on road or track, this car corners superbly. For those who want the total package, it is highly recommended to pick up the optional Performance Pack. It includes a set of 20-inch wheels, a Torsen limited-slip differential that helps in channeling engine power to the wheels, a more performance-oriented suspension, and adjustable dampers from Bilstein.
All in all, the 2013 Ford Shelby GT500 is a Mustang that defies all expectations. More than just being the most powerful American production car ever, it is a complete, well-rounded supercar you can avail for less than $100,000. Only 4,000 units of these cars are made, and each is an instant classic in their own right.
The Ford Mustang is one of the preeminent sports cars of America. One venue in which this reputation is sealed is in the legendary Trans-Am Series of the late 60s and the early 70s. Using the Ford Mustang Boss 302, Ford, managed by Bud Moore and led by drivers Parnelli Jones and George Follmer, was the dominant force in Trans Am racing. To commemorate this milestone event, the Ford Mustang Boss 302 was revived in 2012. Representing the top-of-the-line model for this limited-run model is the Ford Mustang Boss 302 Laguna Seca.
On the exterior, the Boss 302 is markedly different from other Mustangs. Because of a staggered suspension setup, the front is lower than the rear, creating a staggered setup that resembles the original. Also, a body kit directly derived from the race-ready Boss 302R was installed for superior aerodynamics. Trademark aerodynamic design cues from the original such as the ducktail rear deck wing and the front spoiler below the bumper are retained not just to evoke a vintage look, but also to create extra downforce.
Extra detailing can be found to help you distinguish a Ford Mustang Boss 302 Laguna Seca from other Mustang models. Hockey stripes on the side are unique for the Boss 302, and a color-contrast roof is also present. Lightweight alloy wheels, 19×9 inches on the front and 19×9 inches on the rear, are installed, and they are wrapped with R-compound high-performance tires for maximum grip. To top the exterior mods off, a special rear badge that contains a map of the Laguna Seca race circuit is installed.
The interior receives a through update in the Ford Mustang Boss 302 Laguna Seca. Recaro racing seats are installed on the front for maximum comfort and support on-track. In addition, the rear seats are removed and replaced by a cross-brace. Ford claims that the addition of this brace increases structural rigidity by 10 percent.
Of course, for a car that is deemed as track-ready, the biggest changes in the Ford Mustang Boss 302 Laguna Seca can be found on the mechanical side of things. Utilizing the Mustang GT’s 5.0 liter engine, maximum output is measured at 444 horsepower and 380 lb-ft of torque. This is made possible by updating the intake system and camshafts and installing CNC ported heads and a forged rotating assembly. Its exhaust restrictors can be removed for higher power and a more distinct sound. A 6-speed MT82 manual transmission is used to transfer the engine’s power to the rear wheels. A limited-slip differential allows for efficient transfer of power even while on the limit. It retains the Boss 302’s stiffer suspension and adjustable shocks.
For a lot of enthusiasts, the Ford Mustang Boss 302 Laguna Seca is considered as the ultimate track-ready Mustang. While the Shelby Mustangs have more power, they lack the sheer refinement of the Boss when it comes to track racing. In fact, some enthusiasts say that this is probably the most track-ready muscle car on the market today. The Boss 302 Laguna Seca is considered as a limited-run model, with only 1500 examples made in 2012 and 2013 combined. Due to its status and rarity, one can expect the value of these cars to rise further in time.
As the reincarnation of the legendary GT40 cars of the 1960s, the Ford GT is considered by many as a worthy product. As one of the fastest cars developed in the 2000s when it first came out in 2004, this car is one of the most formidable supercars on the road both then and now. Because of the car’s dominance and history, it won’t be long until people went clamoring for a track ready version of the Ford GT. One such example is the Ford GT1, developed by Swiss auto racing development firm Matech Concepts.
For those who do not know, Matech Concepts is the one responsible for directing the Ford GT’s successful campaigns in the European GT3 circuit, which culminated in a 2008 FIA GT3 Constructor’s Championship. Realizing that the potential of the GT is much bigger than that, they decided to use the car to campaign in GT1 competition. This is where the Matech Ford GT1 was born.
While its body shell has a striking resemblance to the road-going Ford GT, the GT1 can be considered as a completely new vehicle from the ground up. In fact, according to Matech Concepts test driver Thomas Mutsch, this car is a different vehicle from the ground up. There are many reasons to believe that, as virtually every component was replaced to create a machine that’s ready to take on the best GT1 cars in the FIA GT1 World Championship.
One significant difference can be found in the engine bay. In place of the usual 5.4 liter supercharged Modular V8 found in the road-going Ford GT, the Ford GT1 comes equipped with a Cammer 5.0 liter V8 engine, the same engine Matech used for their GT3 machines. With some updates, maximum power is raised to 600 horsepower and 472 lb-ft of torque. The 50-horsepower hike compared to the GT3’s motor is attributed to a switch to a single butterfly intake manifold.
Going deeper, there are more changes going on within the Ford GT1. With its abundance of spoilers, diffusers, and vents, aerodynamics and cooling are optimized in strategic parts of the body that’s composed of mostly carbon fiber. An aluminum spaceframe chassis was used both for light weight and to aid driver safety in the event of an accident. A double wishbone setup with 4-way adjustable dampers is employed in both the front and rear. A heavy-duty Hewland 6-speed transmission is installed for superior toughness for high speeds and extreme wear associated with motorsport.
While the Matech Ford GT1 has stopped campaigning already, a company named RH Motorsports loved the GT1 so much that they purchased the molds, bodywork, and engineering from Matech. Even better, they modified it in such a level that their rendition of the Ford GT1 is completely street legal. The same 600-hp V8 engine used in the race car can be availed, but now buyers can upgrade it if they want. They can install a supercharger to raise final output to 760 horsepower, or they can get a twin-turbocharged version of this motor for a whopping 1000 horsepower!
You’re into sports cars but you don’t have the buck for the latest Audi or Maserati. You want the speed and exclusivity of owning one. So if you fit this profile, look no more than one of Guinness Book of Record’s mainstays for 12 years for being the world’s fastest accelerating car, the Ford RS200 EVO Gruppe B. Ok, so you also have to like old models, like 1982-designed model.
Ford RS200 EVO Gruppe B is a homologation model designed by Ford of Great Britain for the FIA Group B World Rally Championship in 1982. To meet the homologation requirements such as road-certification examples, around 200 of these were produced.
During that time, the Ford RS200 EVO Gruppe B had a unique design by featuring carbon and fiberglass composite body (built by Reliant but designed by Ghia), a mid-mounted engine and the use of Audi’s then new four-wheel-drive technology. Making the car lightweight included proper weight distribution which required the installation of the transmission at the front of the car. This revolutionary design resulted to the transmission power coming from the engine that is mounted in the middle of the car to go to the front wheels and then run to the rear wheels. It was also dubbed as one of the most balanced platforms among its competitors by using a combination of double wishbone suspension and two dampers on each of the four wheels.
The entry of Ford RS200 EVO Gruppe B into the Group B class was a result of FIA’s implementation of not-too-strict regulations to attract more participants. The new model was based on the design of the defunct Escort 1700RS model. Because the development of the RS 1700T became problematic, the lessons learned out of those failures were employed to design the Ford RS200 EVO Gruppe B. With the help of ace engineers Tony Southgate and John Wheeler, Ford was able to create a superior racing model.
With an initial rating of 247 HP, the 200 model cars were upgraded to 300 HP using a 1.8-liter turbo-charged engine. Twenty four more units were produced and labelled as Evo or “E2” to compete with powerful models being produced by Peugeot such as the 205 T16. Some of the upgrades on the Ford RS200 EVO Gruppe B included a BTD-E 2.1-liter engine with 420 BHP. The air scoop was also enlarged for the air intercooler to compensate for the high temperatures being produced by the engine. The combination of a powerful engine and a lightweight body resulted to a Guinness world record that was left unbroken for twelve years, ‘the fastest accelerating car in the world’ which can go from 0 to 62mph in 3.07 seconds-faster than a McLaren F1 or Ferrari Enzo.
The Ford RS200 EVO Gruppe B also borrowed some design from Ford’s Sierra model, including the side windows, the windshield and some of the instrumentation.
The final result: a 2.1-liter 600 HP RS200 Evolution, which eventually became obsolete after its 1986 debut in FIA due to a series of accidents that clouded Group B racing. The accidents involved the death of 3 spectators at the Portugal Rally and the death of Henri Toivonen and co-driver Sergio Crestos at the 1986 Tour de Course.
Ford was still able to survive despite the ban by producing the initial 1.8-liter model.