Hammond’s icons: Escort Cosworth
Richard drives the last of the old-school boy racers. He’s a fan…
Posted: 07 Mar 2012
Independent suspension all-round and four-wheel drive with 34/66 split front/rear are cool features
on a modern car; but on something appearing in 1992, well, it showed the Escort Cosworth was deadly serious. This Monte Carlo special edition even featured wheels just like those on the legendary WRC cars. But these are irrelevant points right now. Because... look at the wing. Gawping at an Escort Cosworth and commenting on anything else is like complimenting a pole dancer's eyebrows. Just look at that bloody wing... it's massive.
Yes, later versions of the Escort Cosworth featured a smaller turbo and, though less powerful - down to 217 from 227bhp - were considered the better drive, but... look at the wing.
This feature first appeared in the February 2012 issue of Top Gear magazine
Words: Richard Hammond
Photos: Justin Leighton