- Credit to Mathew Parsons; all images used with permission

The Ford Escort RS Cosworth is a legend. Created as an homologation vehicle for Ford's rally efforts, it's still one of the most beloved cars of the '90s. The rally-spec version was highly successful on circuits worldwide. Unfortunately, as Ford's interests changed, the car was phased out towards the end of the decade, to be replaced by the then-new Focus.

Credit to Mathew Parsons

Credit to Mathew Parsons

Now the Focus has taken the Escort's place as the cool performance Ford hatchback, but what if the brand brought the Escort back? Designer Mathew Parsons, a contributor on DriveTribe's own Academic Driving tribe, imagines what that might look like. Drawing cues from the original car, he's modernized it to create a sleek and aggressive design that doesn't look out of place with Ford's current styling.

Credit to Mathew Parsons

Credit to Mathew Parsons

Classic details like the large rear wing and hood intakes remain, but the design is fresh and new. While the design may look fantastic and very much a hallmark of the original Escort Cosworth, this production version of this car probably wouldn't remain entirely faithful.

Credit to Mathew Parsons

Credit to Mathew Parsons

The pure, unadulterated feel set this car apart. The design doesn't match the spirit of the original car, which had slightly hotted-up economy-car looks hiding a spectacular drive. This, and the hybrid or electric engine Ford would surely now put in it, wouldn't quite live up to the expectations of the Escort. That's why it shouldn't be produced, but this design should still be here for us to imagine this car from a bygone era remade for today.

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