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Ford Escort (Mk5) General Information

It somehow is tempting to regard the Escort Cosworth as the first homologation special of the groupA era. But this doesn't hit the nail on the head. The Lancia Delta was also a homologation special, but here a FWD 1.6 turbo was already available long before groupA became the top category. The Delta integrale was built from the original FWD turbo and in the first version HF 4WD, had it not been for the twin head lights, you wouldn't spot the difference. The Escort Cosworth looked very different to any other version Escort and it was the only Escort since the Mk2 that had engine and gearbox longitudinally mounted. But even that was probably not so unusual for Ford. In this layout the Escort Cosworth was very similar to all previous Ford Cosworth variations, and that was very much its technology parent.

But the Escort Cosworth was more than that. It was a stunning looking machine already in road trim, it was so well balanced, that it is Jeremy Clarkson's declared favorit. And whoever knows Jeremy Clarkson, knows how difficult he is to please and how sharp his tongue is. If this very valuable car tester and critic tells you a number of little problem areas, only to then conclude that for all this he loves this car more than any other car, than it is true love! - 'It is such a great car to drive, I don't care that the gear knob keeps falling off....' And I can assure you, Jeremy Clarkson is by far not the only Escort Cosworth fan. In a way the Escort Cosworth could be regarded as the spiritual mother to all the homologation specials that came since, especially certain models called Lancer and Impreza.

In groupN rally terms it is surprising not more had been done with the Escort Cosworth. The comparatively unsuitable Sapphire Cosworth 4x4 had been a multiple groupN winner at World level with a huge variety of drivers. Somehow in the early 1990s the drivers to go for a full groupN program were all in Mazda 323s and Nissan Sunnys. Funny enough in 1994 there was one regular in a groupN Escort Cosworth: Jesus Puras. And Jesus did he show how much better the Cosy performed than the rest of this category! After 4 events Jesus already had 36 points out of a possible 39 to his name, yet the closest challenger had less than half that number. The 2nd half of Jesus' season saw a number of accidents and retirements, but it didn't matter, nobody could even near catch him for the title by now!

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Ford Escort (Mk5) Evolutions

Model & Evo. (Activity)
Ford Escort (Mk5) RS Cosworth (93-98) 224/6250 305/3500 4211.1734.1425 1300 (5.8) 4x4 (2550)

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Ford Escort (Mk5) Results

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

Pos Event Driver Co-Driver # Rego hh:mm:ss
39th. 1998 WRC Swedish Rally G. Manfrinato N. Arena #50 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
9th. 1995 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo P. Camandona . UNKNOWN #24 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
18th. 1995 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo U. Nittel M. Eckhardt #136 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
23rd. 1995 WRC Rallye de Portugal A. Kremer S. Behling #81 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
40th. 1995 WRC Rally of Great Britain T. Jardine . UNKNOWN #93 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
22nd. 1994 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo . "Tchine" . UNKNOWN #22 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
8th. 1994 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo P. Jenot . "Slo" #19 [UNKNOWN] 6:49:16
9th. 1994 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo J. Puras A. Romani #23 [UNKNOWN] 6:53:49
8th. 1994 WRC Rallye de Portugal J. Puras C. del Barrio #26 [UNKNOWN] 7:16:17
12th. 1994 WRC Tour de Corse J. Puras C. del Barrio #15 [UNKNOWN] 6:33:35
21st. 1994 WRC Tour de Corse M. Bin Sulayem R. Morgan #14 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
11th. 1994 WRC Acropolis Rally C. Menem M. Christie #20 [UNKNOWN] 7:42:21
6th. 1994 WRC Rally Argentina J. Bescham J. Garcia #12 [UNKNOWN] 6:33:59
20th. 1994 WRC Rally New Zealand K. Rosenberger K. Wendel #21 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
17th. 1994 WRC Rallye San Remo J. Puras C. del Barrio #99 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
23rd. 1994 WRC Rally of Great Britain T. Ellis-Jones H. Lewis #37 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
12th. 1994 WRC Rally of Great Britain J. Milner S. Turvey #32 [UNKNOWN] 5:57:37
15th. 1994 WRC Rally of Great Britain J. Puras A. Romani #26 [UNKNOWN] 6:05:08
10th. 1993 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo J. Serpaggi . UNKNOWN #29 [UNKNOWN] 6:57:58
12th. 1993 WRC Rallye de Portugal A. Coutinho . UNKNOWN #25 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
15th. 1993 WRC Tour de Corse A. Coutinho . UNKNOWN #37 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
10th. 1993 WRC Tour de Corse G. Manfrinato C. Condotta #14 [UNKNOWN] 6:55:30
6th. 1993 WRC Rally Argentina M. Bin Sulayem R. Morgan #11 [UNKNOWN] 6:09:42
8th. 1993 WRC Rally Argentina A. Coutinho . UNKNOWN #20 [UNKNOWN] 6:30:53
15th. 1993 WRC Rallye San Remo A. Coutinho L. Lisboa #48 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
17th. 1993 WRC Rallye San Remo M. Bin Sulayem R. Morgan #15 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
6th. 1993 WRC Rallye San Remo R. Travaglia A. Mari #27 [UNKNOWN] 6:58:21
7th. 1993 WRC Rallye San Remo A. Dallavilla D. Fappani #72 [UNKNOWN] 6:58:31
11th. 1993 WRC Rally of Great Britain G. Evans H. Davies #25 [UNKNOWN] 7:10:44
13th. 1993 WRC Rally of Great Britain J. Milner S. Turvey #30 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00

Ford Escort (Mk5) Retirements

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

Pos Event Driver Co-Driver # Rego Reason
Ret. 1997 WRC Rally of Great Britain T. Jardine B. McKenzie #80 [UNKNOWN] SS22 suspension
Ret. 1996 WRC Acropolis Rally J. Papadimitriou . UNKNOWN #32 [UNKNOWN] SS32 ?
Ret. 1995 WRC Rally of Great Britain J. Milner S. Turvey #23 [UNKNOWN] SS26 clutch
Ret. 1995 WRC Rally of Great Britain R. Holfeld I. Grindrod #48 [UNKNOWN] SS21 crash
Ret. 1995 WRC Rally Australia (WA) J. Priestley K. Caffrey #30 [UNKNOWN] SS99 suspension
Ret. 1995 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo . "Tchine" P. Dupuy #31 [UNKNOWN] SS99 crash
Ret. 1994 WRC Rally of Great Britain T. Jardine . UNKNOWN #100 [UNKNOWN] SS5 gearbox
Ret. 1994 WRC Rallye San Remo U. Nittel M. Eckhardt #99 [UNKNOWN] SS99 suspension
Ret. 1994 WRC Rallye San Remo B. Bentivogli . UNKNOWN #35 [UNKNOWN] SS99 driveshaft
Ret. 1994 WRC Rally New Zealand J. Puras C. del Barrio #19 [UNKNOWN] SS6 crash
Ret. 1994 WRC Rally Argentina C. Menem V. Zucchini #10 [UNKNOWN] SS2 suspension
Ret. 1994 WRC Rally Argentina J. Puras C. del Barrio #9 [UNKNOWN] SS6 engine
Ret. 1994 WRC Acropolis Rally M. Bin Sulayem R. Morgan #17 [UNKNOWN] SS7 fuel pump
Ret. 1994 WRC Tour de Corse K. Rosenberger K. Wendel #39 [UNKNOWN] SS9 crash
Ret. 1994 WRC Tour de Corse C. Menem V. Zucchini #16 [UNKNOWN] SS8 gearbox
Ret. 1994 WRC Rallye de Portugal M. Bin Sulayem R. Morgan #18 [UNKNOWN] SS16 engine
Ret. 1993 WRC Rallye Catalunya M. Bin Sulayem R. Morgan #11 [UNKNOWN] SS11 transmission
Ret. 1993 WRC Acropolis Rally M. Bin Sulayem R. Morgan #20 [UNKNOWN] SS23 gearbox
Ret. 1993 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo P. Jenot . "Slo" #21 [UNKNOWN] SS19 suspension