The squared-off body lines are unmistakably 80s in nature, though have now taken on a retro appeal, as opposed to the often outdated looks on cars from a similar era, such as the Ford Cortina or Orion. The over fenders and wide bumpers give the car an unmistakeable motorsport feel, which of course gives it visual ties to the competition cars that the Sierra RS was derived from; After all - who doesn't want to drive a race car for the road?
As expected, the road-going variants of the RS were certainly no slouches, making just over 200bhp from factory, with a healthy 205lb ft of torque to back this up, all leading to a 0-60 time of around 6 seconds - still very respectable by today's standards.
The chassis itself was very similar to the standard Sierra, though benefitted from uprated dampers and anti-roll bars, helping to tie the car together and give the chassis a more appropriate base for the competitive intentions of the car. A quicker steering rack and a brake upgrade finished off the chassis upgrades, creating what was certainly one of the most sought-after homologation cars ever produced, still commanding serious (and ever-increasing) amounts of money in todays' market.
The most striking quality of this particular car however was of course the vibrant Q8 Oils livery, a tribute to Franco Cunico's 1989 RAC rally car. The Deep blues contrasting with the vibrant yellow lower body makes this car stand out from a mile off, and looks absolutely fantastic in the low winter sun we enjoyed at the October Scramble.
The livery itself is mostly a completely accurate reproduction of the famed Q8 car, however look closer and there are some changes - 'sponsorship' brands are different which perhaps reflects the owners' brand allegiances. The correct RAC Lombard Rally sheet is in place, but no number is displayed.
The famous exaggerated spoiler from the RS model is a trait that is recognisable a mile off. Ford actually stated that the wing was functional and not just to add aggressiveness to the appearance of the car, stating that it produced up to 20.4KG of downforce at 70mph.
There was even a 1:43 scale model of the original 1989 RAC Lombard Rally car on the dashboard, showcasing the car that this pays tribute to.
Pressed bonnet vents hint at the power of what lies beneath - a styling cue that ford still continues to this day on it's RS-edition Focus models.
There is something about classic fords from the 80s and early 90s that sits so well within car culture; Perhaps it is that they were once symbols of the ubiquitous 'boy racer' culture, or perhaps it is that they share so much of their DNA with the racing cars from which they are homologated. Either way, they are motoring icons, and very few have as much presence and history as the Sierra RS.
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