Turbos, wings and bling: find out how Ford’s iconic RS Cosworth range redefined the performance car in the Classic Ford April 2021 issue, available now!
With Ford’s encouragement, Cosworth has built some era-defining engines over the years (check out our pick of the top five starting on page 32), but in recent times it’s definitely the YB turbo that has had the biggest effect on the classic Ford world. A relatively simple design by today’s engineering standards, this 2-litre engine is capable of producing almost obscene amounts of horsepower, yet it was designed over 25 years ago.
Unsurprisingly then, the YB’s popularity has never waned, and neither has that of the carts it was officially fitted to, and we pay tribute to the mighty RS Cosworths starting on page 23. However, there’s no denying the biggest crowds are always drawn to the open bonnets of classic Fords running them, like Jamie Gilmour’s Mk1 Escort (above and page 36). We all appreciate period-modified cars, but sometimes you can’t beat going stupidly fast in a 50-year-old Ford brandishing a Cosworth cam cover.
Inside this issue
The works: authentic recreation of a works Escort RS1800 rally car
Cortina 1600E: one reader’s mission to save a rotten Mk2
Mk3 Granada: in-depth buying guide to the 1980s classic
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