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Ford Sierra (Mk1) General Information

It was the same dilemma as Ford had with the groupA Sierras. Read more in that chapter. The two Sierra versions were basically one with a turbo engine and one with 4x4, when it was the combination of both that was needed. It is an easy to work out fact that on gravel a powerful turbo RWD should still cope better than a low torque, non-turbo, heavy 4x4 would cope on asphalt. As the groupN cars were more attractive to privateer drivers than works drivers, the cars were hugely unlikely to be run exclusively at WRC level. Nor are privateers likely to buy two cars, one for gravel, one for asphalt. In Europe the cars were likely to be covering a fair amount of asphalt rallying. It seems obvious why in groupN on 10 Sierra Cosworths there would only be 1 Sierra XR4x4, if even that. Indeed the Sierra Cosworth won groupN on uncountable occasions, while the Sierra XR4x4 stayed a very rare beast in groupN.

However don't be lead to believe the groupN Sierra XR4x4 was an utter waste of space. I owned one as my very first rally car and I have fond, but far too short memories of this car. (The car was written off before I ever rallied her in a completely stupid and unnecessary road accident - not my fault, why do people overtake just before a crest they can't see over? Besides I could not have used her for international rallying. I got it through a very good Ford connection I had from karting and it was a pre-production car with only a 3-door shell, while in the end only the 5-door was done in large numbers. The 3-door was never homologated in groupA/N and such only of use in national rallies. Well, for my first rallies it was an interesting car with fantastic sound and handling... Well, this is not a story about me, but interesting maybe that a 3-door version definitely existed. And mine wasn't even a prototype but came from an early production run in 1985. Still, must be a very rare version, nobody knows the production numbers, but probably not even a hundred? Despite a relation in engine and name to the Sierra XR4i, even as a 3-door the XR4x4 did not have the unique XR4i shell.). Sure the engine was a heavy lump, V6s are just not a good idea for a decent torque to weight ratio. The 4x4 system however was a beauty, with 2/3rd of the power at the rear it drove like an easy to control RWD car. And traction was good as well. To underline that the Sierra XR4x4 was not that pathetic: A classic ERC scoring round traditionally with enough star entries, an icy Boucles de Spa Rally 1986 was won outright by the completely unknown Jean-Claude Probst - driving a Sierra XR4x4 groupN!!!!

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Ford Sierra (Mk1) Evolutions

Model & Evo. (Activity)
Ford Sierra (Mk1) Cosworth (87-92) 204/6000 276/4500 4450.1720.1369 1095 (5.4) RWD (2608)
Ford Sierra (Mk1) XR4x4 (87-89) 160/5700 218/3800 4450.1716.1393 1270 (7.9) 4x4 (2611)

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Ford Sierra (Mk1) Results

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Pos Event Driver Co-Driver # Rego hh:mm:ss
13th. 1989 WRC Rallye de Portugal J. Miguel R. Caldeira #24 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
9th. 1988 WRC Tour de Corse P. Baroni M. Rousseau #19 [UNKNOWN] 7:45:17
15th. 1988 WRC Rally of Finland K. Hämäläinen M. Putkonen #51 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
24th. 1988 WRC Rally of Finland . Palmroos . UNKNOWN #84 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
24th. 1988 WRC Rally of Great Britain A. McHale J. O'Brien #35 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
21st. 1987 WRC Tour de Corse J. Rouget . UNKNOWN #22 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
15th. 1987 WRC Rally of Great Britain G. Donaldson F. Gallagher #110 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
26th. 1987 WRC Rally of Great Britain J. Morton . UNKNOWN #114 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00

Ford Sierra (Mk1) Retirements

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Pos Event Driver Co-Driver # Rego Reason
Ret. 1990 WRC Tour de Corse C. Gardavot C. Neri #38 [UNKNOWN] SS99 ?
Ret. 1989 WRC Rally of Great Britain G. Smith . UNKNOWN #100 [UNKNOWN] SS41 rear axle
Ret. 1989 WRC Rallye San Remo A. Fassina M. Chiapponi #26 [UNKNOWN] SS5 crash
Ret. 1989 WRC Rallye San Remo B. Bentivogli . UNKNOWN #23 [UNKNOWN] SS99 ?
Ret. 1989 WRC Rally of Finland . Palmroos . UNKNOWN #100 [UNKNOWN] SS11 ?
Ret. 1989 WRC Tour de Corse J. Ballet M. Lallement #9 [UNKNOWN] SS99 ?
Ret. 1988 WRC Rally of Great Britain G. Evans H. Davies #80 [UNKNOWN] SS16 crash
Ret. 1988 WRC Rallye San Remo F. Cunico M. Sghedoni #16 [UNKNOWN] SS1 crash
Ret. 1988 WRC Rally of Finland G. Donaldson C. Wood #53 [UNKNOWN] SS23 ?
Ret. 1987 WRC Rally of Great Britain G. Evans H. Davies #109 [UNKNOWN] SS33 crash
Ret. 1987 WRC Rally of Finland K. Hämäläinen . UNKNOWN #104 [UNKNOWN] SS15 ?
Ret. 1987 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo J. Rouget . UNKNOWN #86 [UNKNOWN] SS14 crash
Ret. 1986 WRC Rally of Finland S. Mustonen . UNKNOWN #59 [UNKNOWN] SS30 ?
Ret. 1986 WRC Rally of Finland K. Hämäläinen M. Putkonen #44 [UNKNOWN] SS4 transmission