so successful in Le Mans with the GT40 in the 60's. They needed to get back on to the
motorsport front pages and needed to do it quickly.
Ford had a look through their parts bins and found their T88 block or to you and I
their infamous Pinto block, with this in the boot of their car they set off
to Cosworth to see what they could do to help the cause.
With a set criteria including at least 180BHP in the road version and 300BHP
in the race version to achieve Cosworth set about bolting on a lovely turbo and a strong
custom gearbox from Borg-Warner and the Ford Cosworth engine was born.
All Ford needed to do know was choose what car they would put it in...
Introducing the Ford Sierra Cosworth in 1986.
The result was the Sierra RS500, a limited run, tuned and refined version of the normal Cosworth.
Some of the things they did to create the RS500 was add a even bigger turbo, a larger intercooler,
all new oil and cooling system and of course the external styling was "beefed up".
Ford had created an icon. Only 500 were made, all RHD and all for sale in the UK.
Originally they were all going to be black, altho 56 white and 65 moonstone cars were produced.
Ford went on to win numerous touring car races with the RS and entered it in to various
WRC and local rally events. They had got themselves back on to the Motorsport ladder
and remain there firmly right up to present day.
many ST models and a few S models Ford have launched the latest of their limited
500 run cars, the incredible Focus RS500.
A far cry from the relative calmness of 180BHP in the Sierra, but the Focus doesn't just have
more power. Technology, love it or hate it means you can corner faster, get off the line faster
and more importantly drive further than 10 miles without getting a headache
from the smell of unburnt fuel and burning oil.
The best way to look at these is to show just how far the automotive industry has evolved.
A showcase of technological achievement.
In the Sierra you get a gearstick, a steering wheel and 3 pedals. Oh and a little plaque saying what number
car you have, altho if your sat in there looking at that you should have probably saved yourself
£20,000 and bought a Fiesta Ecoboost because altho this Seirra is 27 years old it still drives great and keeps
your attention at all times, 180BHP through the rear wheels with relatively skinny tyres can keep you on your toes.
pointing in roughly the right direction after you have just shown off to your mates, taking
Avon Rise at over 100MPH and going in to Quarry just a bit to fast.
Petrolheads will tell you RWD is best, the EU will tell you FWD is safer and better in every way.
TBH I hate the EU, I hate having to carry a warning triangle in my car when I go to over there
and I hate paying in billions of pounds a year to help re surface roads in a country
I've never heard of while I have to dodge craters the size of number 10 downing street
everytime I want to buy a loaf of bread, but I digress. Basically RWD is cool.
and the iconic Sierra with its game changing engine is equally awesome.
TBH if I had a spare £30,000 and were looking for a fun car to do some track days
in, chat about up the golf course or drive around on a sunny sunday afternoon i'd take the
Sierra. Yes they are both limited edition runs at 500 and the Focus is more refined,
better on fuel and full of toys but how many Sierra's do you see in your local shopping mall car park?
Now how many Sierra Cosworth's have you seen? and finally how many Sierra Cosworth RS500's
have you seen? Exactly, and if that isn't a good enough reason just listen to the sound of one.
We need to say a big thank you to Focus RSDirect for letting us borrow
his two amazing cars for the morning to get these pictures and video.
Adrian there is a top guy and is the only place to buy an RS from.
Thanks for reading
Words By Nate
Pics By Louis
Video By Nate & Louis