Ford Import Cortina RS1600 – A Higher Efficiency Rally Race Automobile – A Wolf In Sheep’s Clothing

The dull tiny Ford Escort remarkably served as upscale souped up restricted production version meant for racing and rallying labeled as the Ford Escort RS1600. The RS1600 was to lay Ford’s encounter and path in the coming revolution of little automobiles. The Ford Escort, announced in 1968, was the most current in a long line of standard little family members saloons from Ford. One particular version of it – the Escort Twin-Cam – was a very specific. Limited- production car intended for use in touring car racing and rallying. This vehicle utilised Lotus-Cortina mechanicals, including the twin-cam overhead engine. It was extremely successful, but the two-valves-per cylinder engine was obsolescent.

In 1970, it was replaced by the RS1600, virtually identical to the Twin-Cam except for its magnificently conceived four-valves per engine Ford_Cosworth BDA engine. This was a twin-overhead-cam conversion of the pushrod 1600 cc Cortina unit with belt-driven overhead camshafts. It was also in impact a production-ized variant of the widely profitable Cosworth FVA Formula 2 racing engine. As a result equipped and with all manner of turning gear added, an escort could have up to 280 BHP (boiler horsepower unit)

The very first RSc had cast-iron cylinder blocks, which could only be “bored out” safely to 1800 cc the aluminum block adopted in 1972 enabling “boring” to give the full “capacity limit” of 2 liters.

In 1975, when the Escort’s styling was changed the RS1600 became the RS1800, with a bigger but a lot more simply carburetor fuel fed engine. All previous competition extras could be fitted. The RS1800 was dropped in 1977. Other well-liked Escorts for sporting purposes have the 1600 cc Mexico and the two,000 RS2000.

Maximum torque was 112 lb at four,000 rpm. In terms of the transmission option was a single dry plate clutch and four speeds, all synchro-mesh manual gearbox, each in unit with front mounted engine. Gearchange was a remote manage central gear modify. As well an open propeller shaft to hypoid “live’ rear axle arrangement.

What of the chassis decision. The chassis was of unitary construction pressed steel two door saloon physique /chassis unit. Front suspension was in the kind of independently driven MacPherson struts and an anti-roll bar setup. For the rear suspension the choice created was half elliptic leaf springs with radius arms and telescopic dampers. Braking was accomplished by hydraulically operated and servo-assisted front wheel disc brakes, and standard rear wheel drums. Nicely set up rack and pinion steering, a choice ahead of its time
This whole package rolled beautifully down the road on 13 inch press steel disc wheels sporting 165 x 13 inch tires.

Lastly the Ford Escort RS1600 was what was regarded a “tiny car” at a time when little automobiles were a novelty from domestic American auto producers back home at Ford head workplace in Dearborn Michigan. The refrain of the time from shell shocked American auto producers right after the first oil provide shocks in 1973 was larger was much better, or ideal and “we don’t want to construct econo-boxes (and small automobiles).” There is no “cash in it” and it is not trendy or attractive. Therefore this upscale restricted production Ford car meant mostly as a demo solution and for the rally and racing circuit indeed could be noticed as a test development marketplace to create a product in the form of a modest automobile that had ultra high overall performance for its size, and could hold up to grueling motoring and driving demands.

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