Ford's original prototype for the forthcoming Group B rally car regulations was the rear-wheel drive Escort RS1700T; however, their competitors were proving that four-wheel drive was the superior rally drivetrain. In light of converting the existing car to 4WD, work was abandoned in 1983 in favour of starting anew on a high-tech 4WD car - the Ford RS200. It was the first bespoke Group B car that did not draw its design from an existing road car. The Escort's 1,778cc turbocharged 4-cylinder engine was carried over, but was bored out to 1,803cc and mounted behind the driver. All four wheels were suspended on double wishbones with dual dampers.

Despite a drivable prototype being constructed by 1984, the car only began competing in 1986; the final season of Group B cars in the WRC. Its best result was a sole 3rd place in its debut event at the 36th International Swedish Rally, at the hands of Kalle Grundel.

The RS200 was directly involved in the banning of Group B cars, due to an accident at the Rallye de Portugal in which driver Joaqium Santos lost control and struck a crowd of spectators, killing three spectators and injuring thirty. This, and the following the deaths of the Tour de Corse, sealed the fate of the Group B rally cars[1].

While the RS200 (and its fellow Group B cars) could not compete at an international level, a handful of national rally championships continued to allow the use of them, alongside the sport of rallycross[2].

Colin McRae Rally[edit | edit source]

The Ford RS200 is a Bonus car in Colin McRae Rally.

Colin McRae Rally 3[edit | edit source]

The Ford RS200 is a Bonus car in Colin McRae Rally 3.

Colin McRae Rally '04[edit | edit source]

The Ford RS200 is a Group B car in Colin McRae Rally '04.

Colin McRae Rally 2005[edit | edit source]

The Ford RS200 is a Group B car in Colin McRae Rally 2005.

DiRT 3[edit | edit source]

The Ford RS200 is a Group B Rally car in DiRT 3.

Liveries[edit | edit source]

  • Ford Motorsport
  • Garmin Motorsport
  • Alpinestars Motorsport
  • Monster Energy Racing
  • Bronze (unlocked at online Rank 15)

DiRT Rally[edit | edit source]

The Ford RS200 is a 4WD Group B Rally car in DiRT Rally.

Liveries[edit | edit source]

  • #23
  • Ford Motorsport
  • Eibach
  • Omex
  • Forge Motorsport
  • Ferodo
  • #41
  • #33

DiRT 4[edit | edit source]

The Ford RS200 is a 4WD Group B rally car in DiRT 4.

Liveries[edit | edit source]

  • Ford Motorsport
  • Castrol
  • TOOLS
  • AiM
  • White
  • Gray
  • Blue

DiRT Rally 2.0[edit | edit source]

“The Ford RS200 arrived during the latter part of the Group B era, and as a result, never realised its full potential. After Group B was disbanded in 1986, most of the existing RS200 cars were sold to private buyers, many of whom choose to race the RS200 in rallycross events. The car featured a unique double wishbone suspension with twin dampers on all 4 wheels.”
— In-game info, DiRT Rally 2.0

The Ford RS200 is a 4WD Group B rally car in DiRT Rally 2.0.

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