Ford Sapphire (Mk1) Profile

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Ford Sapphire (Mk1) General Information

If you wonder where to put this car from its Sapphire name and Mk1 tag, this is explained extensively in the groupA chapter of this car.

Although the Sapphire Cosworth combined 4x4 and turbo, it never seemed to become too famous with the groupN privateers. GroupN customers who previously had to decide between either Sierra 4x4 or Sierra turbo, now had as a 3rd option 4x4 turbo combined but in a much bigger and heavier saloon shell! As explained in the Sapphire groupA file, the Sapphire was not the most loved Ford rally car.

Nevertheless, when the groupA Sapphire never won a WRC event, the groupN version did turn a multiple WRC group winner. You could whitness the reflection already in the Sapphire's debut year, even though they only started Finland, San Remo & RAC. Indeed, in its debut year, 1990, Ford entered 4 cars: Pentti Airikkala, Malcolm Wilson and Franco Cunico in groupA cars and Gwyndaf Evans in a groupN example. In Finland they all retired, although Gwyndaf lead groupN until his spectacular roll. In San Remo only Pentti Airikkala brought a groupA Sapphire to the finish, in 11th place. The groupN cars of Alessandro Fassina and Gwyndaf Evans were 10th & 12th - funnily they sandwiched the works groupA! On the RAC groupA Sapphires managed 6th and 9th, while Gwyndaf Evans in 11th made it a 2nd groupN win in a row for this model! In future years Tommi Mäkinen, Carlos Menem junior, Fernando Capdevilla, Christoph Spiliotis, Mohammed Bin Sulayem, Robbie Head, Alister McRae and a few more all turned groupN winners in WRC events with the Sapphire. Sadly for Ford's records all these drivers were either accident prone or only started on selected events. It is quite some irony that the groupN WRChampionship titles of the early 1990s were shared between Mazda 323 & Nissan Sunny when in performance and reliability these cars were very clearly permanently outperformed by Fords!
 

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Ford Sapphire (Mk1) Evolutions

 
 
Model & Evo. (Activity)
 
BHP@
RPM
Torque
(Nm)@
RPM
Length
Width
Height
Weight
(Kg/BPM
Ratio)
 
Trans.
(W'base)
Ford Sapphire (Mk1) Cosworth (90-95) 204/6000 276/4500 4494.1698.1369 1250 (6.1) RWD (2608)
Ford Sapphire (Mk1) Cosworth 4x4 (90-93) 204/6000 276/4500 4494.1698.1369 1300 (6.4) 4x4 (2608)

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Ford Sapphire (Mk1) Results

This is an unofficial Car Results list and may be incomplete.

Pos Event Driver Co-Driver # Rego hh:mm:ss
9th. 1994 WRC Rallye de Portugal R. Madeira N. da Silva #27 [UNKNOWN] 7:25:37
17th. 1992 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo . "Tchine" . UNKNOWN #36 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
10th. 1992 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo C. Spiliotis I. Spiliotis #19 [UNKNOWN] 7:42:41
15th. 1992 WRC Rallye de Portugal F. Capdevilla A. Rodriguez #15 [UNKNOWN] 7:26:31
18th. 1992 WRC Tour de Corse D. Depping K. Wendel #33 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
10th. 1992 WRC Acropolis Rally F. Capdevilla A. Rodriguez #15 [UNKNOWN] 8:07:40
10th. 1992 WRC Rallye San Remo G. Manfrinato C. Condotta #12 [UNKNOWN] 6:42:18
13th. 1992 WRC Rallye San Remo A. Coutinho . UNKNOWN #99 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
18th. 1992 WRC Rallye Catalunya . "Tchine" . UNKNOWN #29 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
9th. 1992 WRC Rallye Catalunya M. Bin Sulayem R. Morgan #16 [UNKNOWN] 7:02:13
17th. 1992 WRC Rallye Catalunya F. Capdevilla A. Rodriguez #9 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
14th. 1992 WRC Rally of Great Britain A. McRae D. Senior #28 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
31st. 1992 WRC Rally of Great Britain T. Needell T. Thörner #26 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
16th. 1992 WRC Rally of Great Britain J. Milner C. Wood #34 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
13th. 1991 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo E. Mauffrey . UNKNOWN #39 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
23rd. 1991 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo O. Burri C. Hoffmann #94 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
12th. 1991 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo C. Spiliotis I. Spiliotis #38 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
13th. 1991 WRC Swedish Rally T. Mäkinen S. Harjanne #12 [UNKNOWN] 5:18:39
13th. 1991 WRC Rallye de Portugal F. Capdevilla A. Rodriguez #37 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
12th. 1991 WRC Rallye de Portugal F. Peres R. Caldeira #24 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
14th. 1991 WRC Acropolis Rally C. Menem V. Zucchini #45 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
21st. 1991 WRC Rally Argentina . "Tchine" . UNKNOWN #17 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
21st. 1991 WRC Rally of Finland J. Pöysti R. Savolin #47 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
26th. 1991 WRC Rally of Finland F. Capdevilla A. Rodriguez #39 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
13th. 1991 WRC Rallye San Remo G. Manfrinato A. Nicoli #29 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
8th. 1991 WRC Rallye Catalunya F. Capdevilla A. Rodriguez #16 [UNKNOWN] 7:37:51
11th. 1991 WRC Rallye Catalunya C. Menem V. Zucchini #17 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
11th. 1991 WRC Rally of Great Britain R. Head C. Roy #42 [UNKNOWN] 6:27:00
37th. 1991 WRC Rally of Great Britain R. Lancaster . UNKNOWN #58 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
23rd. 1990 WRC Rally of Finland G. Evans H. Davies #28 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
38th. 1990 WRC Rally of Finland E. Jurvanen M. Berglund #108 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
10th. 1990 WRC Rallye San Remo A. Fassina M. Chiapponi #30 [UNKNOWN] 7:58:13
12th. 1990 WRC Rallye San Remo G. Evans H. Davies #51 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
11th. 1990 WRC Rally of Great Britain G. Evans H. Davies #35 [UNKNOWN] 6:11:40

Ford Sapphire (Mk1) Retirements

This is an unofficial Car Model Retirements list and may be incomplete.

Pos Event Driver Co-Driver # Rego Reason
Ret. 1994 WRC Acropolis Rally K. Rosenberger K. Wendel #27 [UNKNOWN] SS27 ?
Ret. 1993 WRC Rallye de Portugal R. Madeira N. da Silva #45 [UNKNOWN] SS4 suspension
Ret. 1993 WRC Swedish Rally A. McRae D. Senior #14 [UNKNOWN] SS99 suspension
Ret. 1993 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo . "Tchine" . UNKNOWN #27 [UNKNOWN] SS22 transmission
Ret. 1992 WRC Rally of Great Britain F. Capdevilla A. Rodriguez #16 [UNKNOWN] SS21 transmission
Ret. 1992 WRC Rally of Great Britain J. Milner C. Wood #34 [UNKNOWN] SS32 gearbox
Ret. 1992 WRC Rallye San Remo M. Bin Sulayem R. Morgan #14 [UNKNOWN] SS4 transmission
Ret. 1992 WRC Rally of Finland G. Manfrinato . UNKNOWN #18 [UNKNOWN] SS7 crash
Ret. 1992 WRC Rally Argentina F. Capdevilla A. Rodriguez #7 [UNKNOWN] SS0 withdrawn - driver broke his leg before start
Ret. 1992 WRC Rally New Zealand M. Bin Sulayem R. Morgan #10 [UNKNOWN] SS19 withdrawn
Ret. 1992 WRC Acropolis Rally M. Bin Sulayem R. Morgan #20 [UNKNOWN] SS25 ?
Ret. 1992 WRC Tour de Corse F. Capdevilla A. Rodriguez #11 [UNKNOWN] SS7 suspension
Ret. 1992 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo G. Manfrinato C. Condotta #21 [UNKNOWN] SS17 radiator
Ret. 1991 WRC Rally of Great Britain F. Capdevilla A. Rodriguez #39 [UNKNOWN] SS14 gearbox
Ret. 1991 WRC Rally of Great Britain C. Menem V. Zucchini #40 [UNKNOWN] SS1 crash
Ret. 1991 WRC Rallye San Remo F. Capdevilla A. Rodriguez #31 [UNKNOWN] SS99 gearbox
Ret. 1991 WRC Rallye San Remo B. Bentivogli N. Gullino #22 [UNKNOWN] SS19 crash
Ret. 1991 WRC Rally Argentina F. Capdevilla A. Rodriguez #18 [UNKNOWN] SS5 electrics
Ret. 1991 WRC Rally Argentina C. Menem V. Zucchini #16 [UNKNOWN] SS8 head gasket
Ret. 1991 WRC Acropolis Rally F. Capdevilla A. Rodriguez #29 [UNKNOWN] SS2 suspension
Ret. 1991 WRC Tour de Corse F. Capdevilla A. Rodriguez #25 [UNKNOWN] SS99 suspension
Ret. 1991 WRC Rallye de Portugal T. Mäkinen S. Harjanne #11 [UNKNOWN] SS34 gearbox
Ret. 1991 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo J. Ballet . UNKNOWN #21 [UNKNOWN] SS16 transmission
Ret. 1991 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo . "Tchine" . UNKNOWN #40 [UNKNOWN] SS26 withdrawn
Ret. 1990 WRC Rally of Finland J. Pöysti . UNKNOWN #63 [UNKNOWN] SS99 crash
Ret. 1988 WRC Swedish Rally G. Donaldson . UNKNOWN #89 [UNKNOWN] SS99 ?