After a $212,000 restoration, this RS200 Evolution is ready for sale at Canepa
Is this the best RS200... in the world?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.