BOOK REVIEW: Ford Escort RS Cosworth
- 10th February 2009, 2:30pm
By any standards, the evolution of the Escort RS Cosworth was a copybook way of developing a great rally car. Not only did the inspiration of the car come from the right source â€“ Ford Motorsport â€“ but so did the basic engineering, the rationale, and the development improvements which were laid down for the program. Here was a car which Ford Motorsport had conceived, requested, engineered and refined to tackle one job only â€“ to become a world-beating rally car.
It took a long time (four and a half years) to bring this car from â€œGood Ideaâ€ to fully homologated Group A rally car but there is no doubt that the wait was worth it. In its first full season, 1993, it won no less than five World Championship rallies, but more importantly, in the period from 1993 to 1996, it was the car to use in European events, winning no less than 95 outright victories.
Graham Robsonâ€™s latest release â€œFord Escort RS Cosworth and World Rally Carâ€ tells the story of one of Fordâ€™s most important models which saw the light of day in 1993 after a period when Ford were sick of playing catch-up to the other manufacturers. Their RS1700T and RS200, although showing huge potential, were never to influence world rallying for various reasons, and the RS Cosworth was like a breath of fresh air.
Robsonâ€™s book of 125 pages includes a huge array of great rally photos as well as a list of all the victories achieved in the five years from 1993 to 1998. Itâ€™s a fascinating story written by an author who really knows his subject matter and conveys it in an extremely readable manner.
â€œFord Escort RS Cosworth and World Rally Carâ€, part of the 16-title Rally Giants series, is priced at $39.95 plus postage and is available for immediate delivery.
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