After a $212,000 restoration, this RS200 Evolution is ready for sale at Canepa

Is this the best RS200... in the world?

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Capena Motorsports

Capena Motorsports

With just 146 Ford RS200's ever built, this Group B icon is practically a unicorn if you ever see one in person. Of that 146, a mere twenty-four of those cars were Evolution models, which were essentially an RS200 cranked to 11. The Evo models swapped their 1.8L engines for 2.1L units that upgraded horsepower figures from 250hp to an insane 550hp. Only one of those cars, chassis No. 106, was taken even further into the extreme. The legendary Canepa Motorsports of Scott's Valley, CA is offering it up for sale.

Capena Motorsports

Capena Motorsports

Chassis 106 was delivered new to its first owner in California back in 1989. This car was fully customized to the owner's spec, who decided to dial even more horsepower over the "standard" RS200 Evo. An astronomical 600 horsepower was achieved with a bigger turbo, larger exhaust, intercooler, and MKII heads.

Capena Motorsports

Capena Motorsports

Capena Motorsports

Capena Motorsports

If 600 horsepower was good, more must be better! This car's original owner sent its RS200 2.1L engine to Brian Hart, the man who oversaw the development of the engine at Ford to begin with. Hart designed a second ECU with a tune that hit 704 bhp with 535 lbs./ft of torque.

Good. Lord.

Capena Motorsports

Capena Motorsports

Capena Motorsports

Capena Motorsports

The RS200 changed ownership in 2003 and was shipped up to Michigan. That owner performed a cosmetic restoration of the car's bodywork, interior, and suspension. After being sold twice more, the car wound up in the hands of a Capena client who wanted to take this car even further than ever before.

Capena Motorsports

Capena Motorsports

You know how Capena has been resto-modding Porsche 959's? They took the same approach with Chassis 106. Together with their client, they made a to-do list on the biggest legal pad ever conceived by man, and spent the next 18 months perfecting this machine. This included a complete engine tear-down and rebuild with new camshafts, a new turbo, reworked ECU, a modified exhaust system, and brake system. You name it, they touched it. The re-imagined RS200 in its final form put down 615 horsepower and 510 lb/ft of the torques on Canepa's dyno. The goal wasn't just numbers on paper, but a tamable Group B race car for the street.

Capena Motorsports

Capena Motorsports

That project cost about as much as a new 2020 McLaren GT: a staggering $212,000. It's now up for sale at Canepa Motorsports. The sale price isn't listed, but I would confidently say it's going to take more than that to get Chassis 106 into your garage. If you aren't following Capena on Instagram, go do it now. Here's a clip of the RS200 sounding like a angry hive of Murder Hornets.

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Comments (8)

  • Amazing car ... thanks for penning this interesting read.

    I have a very tiny thread of a connection to Canepa. Living in Santa Cruz back in the mid ‘80’s, I used to go down to his shop and drool over whatever happened to be on the lot at the time. These were the early days of Canepa Motorsports. All I ever wanted to be in my life was a race car driver but this was not supported by my conservative father so it wasn’t until I got out of the USAF in 1983 that i was able to pursue my dream.

    I signed up for the Jim Russell British School of Motor Racing in ‘85 and finished fastest in my class. My instructor was Jon Beekius. For the last several decades, Jon has had a successful career as a race reporter for ESPN.

    After graduating from JRBMR, I got my SCCA license and hired the west coast Reynard importer (BRITS) to sell me an RF84 and manage my efforts at the track.

    I was a very serious aspiring race driver who would be on an F1 grid within a few short years. As such, one must have his own helmet design.

    I would see Canepa at Laguna Seca frequently and always appreciated how well his gear was turned out so one day I stopped into the paint shop with a pencil drawing of my helmet design. We went with Porsche blood red and Corvette yellow. The day I picked it up, Bruce was hanging about and gave me and his painter a thumbs up for my design and his paint techs work.

      1 month ago
  • What is the second gear shift knob for (red knob)? Is it all wheel/4 wheel?

    This looks so good I thought it was a model!!

    I wouldn't know what to do with that much power in something this light but I LOVE IT.

      1 month ago
  • Amazing.

    It’s funny how cars from the 80’s like this and the Countach can be so moving to look at from the outside, and then have such bleak interiors. This one looks like a Pontiac Fiero inside. Perhaps that’s a side effect of its being a homologation product, but what’s the Countach’s excuse?

      1 month ago
  • Can't forget about this monster

      1 month ago
  • These RS200's are such amazing cars, I want one soooooo bad but they are going for sooo much money

      1 month ago

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