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Ford RS200 "Red Road Car"
Reference No: C3319
Type: Single car, crystal box
Class: Road/Street
Availability: through Collector Centers only
Release Date: July 2012

From Scalextric Press Release;
"The Scalextric model"
Originally a 1984-86 4-Wheel Drive Group B Rally Car, the famous rally car from
Ford was extensively used in rallying and rallycross and can still be seen in
competition today. The car was soon replicated as a standard road car as
demand grew from motoring enthusiasts who wanted road going versions. Many
motor kit-car businesses have reproduced this iconic competition car for road use
as well as for continued competition after Ford ceased production of the RS200.

Power came from a 1.8 litre, single turbocharged Ford/Cosworth "BDT" engine
producing up to 450 horsepower (340 kW) in racing trim. Although the RS had the
balance and poise necessary to be competitive, its power to weight ratio was
poor by comparison, and its engine produced notorious low-RPM lag, making it
difficult to drive. Factory driver Kalle Grundel's third place finish at the 1986 WRC
Rally of Sweden represented the vehicle's best-ever finish in Group B rallying
competition, although the model did see limited success outside of the ultracompetitive
Group B class.

High detail. Magnatraction. Quick-change guide blade. DPR

Motor; Mabuchi SP - 18k rpm
Gear ratio; 11:36
Chassis; Rear Mounted Motor
Side-Winder - Rear two-wheel drive
Magnet; Rectangular 2.5 mm - Down-force 200 gm
Overall length; 125 mm
Wheelbase; 78 mm
Axle/Hub width; 54 mm Front - 54 mm Rear
Tyre diameter; 20(ext), 13(int), 8 mm Front - 20(ext), 13(int), 8 mm Rear
Weights; Car 78 gm
Case; 156gm

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so they say public demand was high,it probably was but so was the price. £50,000 in the mid eighties meant a lot were broke up for spares..

And of course there were never 200 made as was requested by the regs, from memory the body's were made by reliant in Tamworth who also did some assembly work in a unit wich was bought out of mothballs situated somewhere near shenstone..

When the fia inspectors visited to confirm the necessary 200 had been built they were shown some at the Tamworth factory and then driven round the long way to Shenstone while a fleet of all white rs 200s were driven the short way..They got the papers of course..

I was living and working in the area at the time and often witnessed half a dozen on the road at a time. A pal from school even worked there until Reliant ceased to be and confirmed the numbers never tallied..
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