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Group B Rally Car Is Going Back Into Production

02 Jul 2024
  • How is Boreham Motorworks planning to modernize the iconic Ford RS200 for its 40th anniversary?
  • What unique features will the "blueprint-accurate" and "period-sympathetic" revival of the Ford Mk1 Escort by Boreham Motorworks?

In an exciting development for rally car enthusiasts, Boreham Motorworks, a UK-based company, has announced that it will be bringing back two iconic Ford rally cars: the Ford RS200 and the Mk1 Escort. These models, revered for their performance and legacy in the rally world, will be produced under a brand license agreement with Ford.

The Return of the Ford RS200

The Return of the Ford RS200

The Ford RS200, one of the most legendary Group B rally cars of the 1980s, is making a grand comeback just in time for its 40th anniversary. Originally produced between 1984 and 1986, the RS200 was known for its impressive mid-engine, four-wheel-drive layout, and lightweight fiberglass body. Boreham Motorworks plans to revive this icon with an entirely new, ground-up build, not merely a continuation of the original model.

Based on teaser images, the new RS200 will feature modern enhancements such as LED headlights and an updated interior to suit contemporary standards, reminiscent of Kimera's modern recreation of the Lancia 037. While specific details on price, power, and performance are yet to be disclosed, Boreham has hinted that the new RS200 will maintain its original mid-engine, four-wheel-drive setup, ensuring that it stays true to its roots.

The Ford Mk1 Escort: A Blueprint-Accurate Revival

The Ford Mk1 Escort: A Blueprint-Accurate Revival

Alongside the RS200, Boreham Motorworks is also set to bring back the Ford Mk1 Escort, a car celebrated for its dominance in rally stages throughout the late 1960s and early 1970s. The Mk1 Escort was initially produced from 1967 to 1975, and Boreham's revival will be "blueprint-accurate" and "period-sympathetic," complete with a continuation VIN number. This meticulous attention to detail ensures that the new Mk1 Escort will capture the spirit and essence of the original while being street-legal in the UK. Boreham Motorworks' collaboration with Ford is not limited to the RS200 and Mk1 Escort. The company has announced plans to produce at least five additional models under the Ford license. These will include both continuation models and modern recreations, promising to delight car enthusiasts and collectors alike.

The news of Boreham Motorworks' revival of these iconic rally cars has generated significant excitement in the automotive community. The Ford RS200 and Mk1 Escort are not just cars; they are symbols of a bygone era of rallying excellence. Their return, enhanced with modern technology and craftsmanship, is a testament to their enduring legacy and appeal. As we await further details on these exciting new models, one thing is clear: the spirit of classic rallying is alive and well, ready to thrill a new generation of drivers and enthusiasts.

Wael Nakhle

BY Wael Nakhle

Wael is an automotive content writer specializes in creating written content for Motor 283. Producing a wide range of content, including blog posts, articles, product descriptions, reviews, and technical guides related to cars, trucks, motorcycles, and other vehicles, with an unprecedented passion for cars, and motorcycles.


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