Two of the most iconic performance Fords ever built are celebrating milestone anniversaries this year, but which is the best?
The organisers of Britain’s biggest event dedicated to the Blue Oval are aiming to find out, by conducting a special survey in the run-up to Ford Fair 2017, where the 30th birthday of the Sierra RS500 and 25th birthday of the Escort RS Cosworth will be celebrated in style.
Both wear the famous ‘Cosworth’ badge, both are based on mainstream production cars and both have an enviable motorsport pedigree – but only one can be crowned the nation’s favourite.
Will it be the RS500, a car developed for homologation purposes to give the 80’s favourite repmobile, the Sierra, a chance to compete in World, European and British Touring Car Championships?
Or will it be the Escort Cosworth, launched in 1992 and based on a shortened version of the Sierra Sapphire Cosworth platform to give it 4WD capability beneath a radically restyled three-door Escort body shell?
The Escort was the car that propelled Ford to World Rally Championship stardom in the hands of drivers such as Francois Delacour, Carlos Sainz and Malcolm Wilson and is widely regard ed as one of the best performance Fords ever made.
Fans can cast their votes to determine which of the Cosworths is the nation’s favourite here.