Ford Escort RS Cosworth & World Rally Car (Rally Giants Series)
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Paperback • 128 pages • 195 tall x 210mm (75⁄8in tall x 81⁄4in) • 100 pictures, mainly in colour
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• Full, detailed history of the Ford Escort’s brilliant rally career
• Complete story of concept, design and development
• Unrivalled coverage of people and influences behind the cars
• Step-by-step account of technical evolution
• Description of cars: why, how and when evolved
• Details of principal people involved
• Packed with pictures
• Comparison with rivals
• Complete listing of important successes and ‘works’ Escorts
The Escort RS Cosworth, which began rallying in 1993, was one of the most ingenious designs of all time, and eventually became Ford's most successful model since the legendary Escorts of the 1970s. The combination of Cosworth power, four-wheel-drive transmission, and an effective aerodynamic package made it a Rally Giant in all conditions, and, until the all-new Focus WRC was launched in 1999, this generation of Escorts was the most effective rally car that Ford had ever produced.
The Escort RS Cosworth, which started rallying in 1993, was one of the most ingenious designs of all time. What started as a shortened Sierra Cosworth 4x4 platform, topped off by a modified Escort cabin and outer skins, was soon developed into a versatile and sophisticated rally car, and eventually became Ford's most successful since the legendary Escorts of the 1970s.
Because it was smaller, lighter, and more nimble than any of the Sierras, the combination of Cosworth power, four-wheel-drive transmission, and an effective aerodynamic package made it a Rally Giant in all conditions. With five World victories in its first season, and success all round the world in later years, it was seen in every continent, in all conditions. Drivers like Carlos Sainz, Tommi Makinen and Francois Delecour added their own stardust to a glittering reputation. To meet a change in regulations, the Escort World Rally Car took over in 1997, and also enjoyed years of success.
Until the all-new Focus WRC was launched in 1999, this generation of Escorts was the most effective rally car that Ford had ever produced.
"BOOK OF THE MONTH. Readers will gain insight into Ford’s engineering methods and enjoy reading about the Ford Motorsport design team’s dynamics – the members really did work together." – Australian Classic Car
"Covering its design, development and career as a rally tool coverage of the people involved, and all the important events the cars competed on, it's packed with great pictures and is well worth putting on your Christmas wishlist." – Classic Ford
"As with the rest of this 'Rally Giants' series, the book is packed with photographs – many from the Ford Archives as well as Martin Holmes' personal archive – with plenty of photos of personalities." – Old Stager
"The rallies themselves take up about 70 pages of the book, which has plenty of good good colour photos right through it. Robson has produced another good book in Veloce Rally Giants series." – New Zealand Classic Car