This is the second time a Ford RS200 has crashed at Goodwood in a year.
Remember when a rare Ford RS200 Evo Group B car driven by former rallycross racer Pat Doran was badly damaged at last year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed after it went off course and plowed into some hay bales? The car appears to be cursed, because another RS200 suffered a similar fate at this year’s show.
Professional rallycross driver Liam Doran, who happens to be Pat’s son, was driving the RS200 at high speed during a timed run on the famous Goodwood HIllclimb. It looked like a fast run, but without warning the rear bodywork ripped off.
This of course had a detrimental effect on the car’s aerodynamics. With no downforce, Doran became a passenger as the car spun out of control and slammed into the trackside hay bales. Luckily, he walked away from the wreck uninjured, but it’s always sad to see such a rare machine get wrecked.
A fire broke out at the back seconds after the impact, so the car will probably require extensive repairs. That said, the RS200 that crashed last year was repaired overnight but the damage looks more serious here, so we doubt it will be as easy to fix. This particular RS200 is a 925-horsepower Pikes Peak challenger with the engine bored-out from 1.8 to 2.4 liters.
It delivers 700 lb-ft of torque enabling it to sprint to 62 mph in just 1.7 seconds before topping out at 160 mph. It looked like Doran was on course to set a brutally fast lap time, so hopefully we’ll see the legendary Ford race car return at next year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed to settle some unfinished business.