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Successor
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New bodyshell and old internals, that sums up the transition from Mk I to Mk II. For some reason, and it's not only the aesthetics, the face lifted version seemed to work better than the old one. Over the years, things were improved here and there, for example the final versions had fuel-injected engines pumping out 272 horsepower and tarmac versions were somewhat lighter.

Until Ford Focus conquered the title in 2006, Ford Escort RS1800 is the only Ford version that could deliver the ultimate prize of World Title (the Makes' title in 1979 and Drivers' title in privately run Escort for Vatanen in 1981).

Statistics
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Debut WRC event: Finland 1975
Best WRC result: 1st by Timo Makinen in Great Britain 1975
 1st by Roger Clark in Great Britain 1976
 1st by Bjorn Waldegard in Safari 1977
 1st by Bjorn Waldegard in Acropolis 1977
 1st by Kyosti Hamalainen in Finland 1977
 1st by Bjorn Waldegard in Great Britain 1977
 1st by Bjorn Waldegard in Sweden 1978
 1st by Hannu Mikkola in Great Britain 1978
 1st by Hannu Mikkola in Portugal 1979
 1st by Bjorn Waldegard in Acropolis 1979
 1st by Hannu Mikkola in New Zealand 1979
 1st by Bjorn Waldegard in Canada - Quebec 1979
 1st by Hannu Mikkola in Great Britain 1979
 1st by Ari Vatanen in Acropolis 1980
 1st by Ari Vatanen in Acropolis 1981
 1st by Ari Vatanen in Brazil 1981
 1st by Ari Vatanen in Finland 1981
Rallies contested: 44  (major entries)
WRC starts: 171  (major entries)
Outright wins: 17  (wins to rallies ratio 38.6%)
Podiums: 28  (podiums to starts ratio 16.4%)
DNF's: 64  (DNF's to starts ratio 37.4 %)
Points scored: 397  (manufacturer championship points)
Avg points per rally: 9.0  
Technical data
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Group and class Group 4
Engine
Location: Front longitudinal
Turbo: No
Cylinders: 4 in line
Valves: 16
Bore x stroke: 90.4 x 77.6 mm
Cubic capacity: 1993 cc
Power: 250 hp
Torque: 217 Nm
Compression ratio: 11.5:1
Dimensions
Length: 3978 mm
Width: 1740 mm
Height: 1300 mm
Wheelbase: 2400 mm
Weight: 1040 kg
Transmission
Drive: RWD
Gears: 5
Sequential: No
Clutch plates: 1
Ford Escort RS1800
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Ford Escort Mk II - complete with a smoking driver (Ford advertisement photo of the era) Click picture to see larger version in a pop-up window
Ford Escort RS1800
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Ford Escort RS1800 competing in a historic rally show, painted in famous Eaton Yale -color scheme. Click picture to see larger version in a pop-up window
(Photo: Slowly Sideways / McKlein)
Ford Escort RS1800
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Another view of Escort RS1800, complete with authentic Ford service van from the 1970's. Note the tyre rack on the van roof. Click picture to see larger version in a pop-up window
(Photo: Slowly Sideways / McKlein)
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