This is tragic - only 24 were originally built by Ford.
This year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed is now underway. Attendees of the eclectic car gathering event will get to see an assortment of historic racing machines tackle the famous hill climb, as part of this year’s “Peaks of Performance” theme. Former rallycross champion Pat Doran was taming his feisty Ford RS200 Evolution Group B car around the 1.16-mile course when he lost control and hit some hay bales. Doran was uninjured and even bowed to the cheering crowd, but the rare RS200 Evo suffered serious damage.
Tearing around the notorious Molecomb corner too fast, Doran appears to hold the slide but runs out of asphalt and ploughs into the hay bales, ripping the rear hatch off the mid-engined rally car on impact. “Unfortunately at the top of the hill the brakes locked up with the high speed, and from there I think everyone saw what resulted,” Doran wrote on Facebook.
“I am ok but with the excessive amount of panel damage we are just working out our opinions and to see if 'Rosie' will be able to go up the hill again this year. Would be very disappointed if we cannot continue.” Ford only built 24 examples of the Ford RS200 Evolution, which makes the crash even more painful to watch. Compared to the standard RS200 which was powered by a mid-mounted 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder unit, the extreme Evolution model was upgraded to a 2.1-liter turbo engine that made 600 horsepower and a 0-60 mph time of around three seconds which was unheard of at the time. Let’s hope the damage isn’t too extensive so that 'Rosie' can be repaired in time for this weekend's time trials.