Sunday, June 26, 2011
Car Of The Day: June 26, 2011
Today's car of the day comes from jedimario's collection and is Matchbox's Ford Escort RS Cosworth.
The Ford Escort RS Cosworth was a sports derivative of the Ford Escort. It was available from 1992-96 in very limited numbers. It was instantly recognisable due to its large "whale tail" rear spoiler. The main selling point was the Cosworth YBT engine, a highly tunable turbocharged 2-litre engine which had an output of 220 PS (162 kW; 217 hp) in standard trim.
For more information and pictures of the real car please visit: Ford Escort RS Cosworth
This model comes to us from the mid-90s, right when this car was in production. While the obvious go-to choice "Escort" of this time period for die-cast replication due to its high performance (and I do use the term Escort here lightly), this car shares very, very little in common with normal Escorts save for the body. It was based on its rallying predecessor, the Sierra Cosworth, and then wrapped in an Escort body.
This particular version is done up as if it were ready for the famous Rallye Monte Carlo, complete with sponsorships from Michelin and Mobil 1. The design is heavily based on but not an exact match to a livery featured on a real Escort RS that entered the 1993 Rallye Monte Carlo.