The Ford Escort RS Cosworth was one of the most popular cars of the 1990s. The car took 10 overall World Rally Championship victories between 1993 and 1997, cementing its place in history.
Unfortunately for the Cossie, Motorsport is leaning with time, and the car was retired towards the end of the decade, to be replaced by Focus. Fortunately, Ford has a man in his books who breathes new life into the Fast Ford.
After he created the Hoonicorn from a Mustang of the 1960s and restored an Escort Mk in 1978. II for gymkhana purposes, Block and his Hoonigan team have turned to an escort RS Cosworth, and besides, he's actually going to compete with it this year.
Block, alongside long-ride Alex Gelsomino, will be part of a season in the American Rally Association Series – America's most prestigious rally championship. Although the escort is included in the Top Open 4WD class, Block and Gelsomino are not aiming for full event wins, but focus on the experience and challenge of competing with an older car alongside modern machines.
It may be old though, but the car will more than likely be a match for today's cars. A turbocharged four-cylinder engine produces around 350 hp, a seven-speed gearbox and a complicated differential gear that sends all these horses to all four wheels.
The former WRC car was already tested in Arizona Desert, with the team adjusting the chassis, engine management and roll cage of the car to get it ready for the competition.
In addition to escorting the escort in rallies in the US, Block will return to the WRC Sport in an M- Ford Fiesta . He will also drive a Focus RS RX at selected rallycross events.
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