|Ford Escort Rally Car '98|
|Appears in||Gran Turismo 2|
Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec
Gran Turismo 4
Gran Turismo PSP
Gran Turismo 5
Gran Turismo 6
|Type in GT5||Standard|
|Interior in GT6||Simple|
|Engine||WR-spec Cosworth YBT|
|Max Power||460 BHP (GT2)|
290 BHP (GT3-GT6)
|Performance Points||473 PP|
|Max Torque||428.2 lb-ft (GT2)|
361.6 lb-ft (GT3-GT6)
|Weight||1,230 kilograms (2,700 lb)|
|Power/Weight Ratio||2.67 kg (5.9 lb) per horsepower (GT2)|
4.24 kg (9.3 lb) per horsepower (GT3-GT6)
The Ford Escort Rally Car '98 is a Rally car produced by Ford. It appears in every main Gran Turismo game to date since Gran Turismo 2, with the exception of Gran Turismo Sport. It also appears in Gran Turismo PSP.
The car appears to be the #7 driven by Juha Kankkunen, who achieved a 4th place finish in the Drivers' Championship of the 1998 WRC season.
"Taking over for Sainz, Kankkunen became the ace driver for Ford in this car."
The Escort RS Cosworth prototype first appeared at the 1990 Paris Motor Show. Ford's intention was to race this car in the World Rally Championship, but people couldn't believe their eyes when they saw what was under the bonnet instead of the transversely mounted engine of the base RS2000, the engine was mounted longitudinally in the RSCosworth.
Ford decided to mount the engine in this way in order to gain advantage over their strongest rival, the Lancia Delta. Mounting the engine longitudinally allowed the transmission to be placed behind it, helping to improve the forward/rear weight distribution, and lowering the center of gravity. Airflow into the engine bay is also enhanced, giving an advantage in terms of cooling as well.
In its debut year of 1993, the RS Cosworth racked up 5 wins in WRC, and secured a 2nd place overall finish. However, from 1994 on, the team was fraught with troubles. Although the RS Cosworth still show bursts of great speed it failed to translate into victories.
The 1998 Escort was modified based on the WR car regulation introduced in the previous year, and it was driven by Juha Kankkunen and co-driver Bruno Thiry, who took over in the middle of '97. They entered the season with the car's weakest point, the rear suspension improved, but the car was unable to hide its age, and it finished the season without a single victory. Though the Escort finished this season with no wins, Kankkunen drove the car to steady points wins, earning himself 4th place overall in the drivers' title.
This car can be won by winning the Seattle 100 Miles Endurance, with a 50% chance to be awarded as the prize car. In addition, this car also appears in Arcade Mode as an unlockable rally car. In order to unlock it, the player must win a race in Arcade Mode on Grand Valley Speedway at normal level or higher.
The player can win this car by winning the Tahiti Maze Rally Event, on the rally races section.
This car can only be obtained by winning the Tour of Tahiti on Medium. Other than that, this car is available from the start in Arcade Mode.
This car can be purchased for 750,000 Credits.
As a Standard car, the Ford Escort Rally Car '98 can be purchased from the Used Car Dealership for 195,272 Credits. It is a Level 10 car.
This car can be purchased for 200,000 Credits. It is a simplified car.
- Like many of the rally cars that made their transition from Gran Turismo 3 to Gran Turismo 4, the paint scheme on the vehicle was modified between the two games to remove any information about a specific rally:
- The car that appears in-game is based on the #7 vehicle entered at the 1998 Rally Monte Carlo and driven by Juha Kankkunen. This is identifiable due to the "Lineltex" stickers above the number on the doors, and the red rally sticker on the hood.
- The number plate on the front and back of the car in Gran Turismo 3 read "1 FMC". From Gran Turismo 4 onwards, this was changed to "R4 FMC", which is what the real car had. Strangely, unlike other rally cars, the plates were left uncensored from GT4 onwards instead of being rendered illegible.
- Also, Finnish flags were added to both of the rear side windows. These are supposed to represent Juha Kankkunen and his co-driver at the time, Juha Repo.
- In addition, beginning from Gran Turismo 5, the numbers on the side were completely removed, though the plate remained, identifying the specific chassis of the Escort Rally Car that was rendered for GT3 yet not the rally.
- In early versions of GT2, the Escort Rally Car was instead the racing modification for the scrapped Escort GTi.
- As a leftover, the Japanese version of GT2 has this car using description text for the road-going Escort; other version of GT2 do not have description text assigned at all.