This is a very, very special car.
Nowadays, the closest to a Ford rally car you can get is the Focus RS, and that car isn't even in production anymore, so you have to find a used one. These days, the company is more interested in bringing new electric vehicles to market, and performance cars in a small package are few and far between. But there was a time when Ford made motorsport-bred race cars available for the public, and the iconic RS200 Evolution was one such machine. Designed by the legendary Ian Callum, it's a rare piece of automotive machinery, but someone decided that it wasn't quite perfect and upgraded one to over 700 horsepower. And now you can buy it.
The original RS200 Evo produced in excess of 500 hp, but the one under our microscope today had its 2.1-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine upgraded from the factory and made more than 600 hp. This made it capable of achieving 0-60 mph in under 3.2 seconds, making it a Guinness World Record holder for many years as the world's fastest accelerating car. But that wasn't enough for the previous owner, who had it retuned to develop a whopping 704 hp and 535 lb-ft of torque. That's more power than Audi's modern ode to Rally Sport, the RS6 Avant. However, this is an old car, so there's no ABS or electronic wizardry to keep you safe.
As treacherous as this is, it's also wildly intoxicating feeling something with that much power transmitting mechanical vibrations and every divot in the road to your hands and butt. Nevertheless, the owner has decided that it's time to move on, having spent over $200,000 on upgrades, and has put it up for sale. Number 106 of 146 RS200s ever sold, it's finished in white and wears Speedline split wheels, a suede Momo steering wheel, and rally-spec brakes from AP Racing. Having been lovingly owned by a prominent rally-car enthusiast, it's one of the cleanest examples out there. We're not sure if the modifications to this car will make much of a difference to its ultimate selling price, but one thing is for sure: they don't make 'em like they used to.