In the years that followed the RS1600 there were more and more Escorts and Cortinas released in RS guise but the next really significant leap came in 1984.
Ford released it's first crack at a mid-engined, four wheel drive rally car, the RS200.
The project was originally intended to be another Escort, the Escort RS1700T, and was due to be rear wheel drive.
But when the Audi Quattro arrived on the scene four wheel drive became a necessity.
The power came from a 1.8 Litre, turbocharged, Cosworth engine, producing 250bhp as a road car (the rally version got a tuning to reach around 350bhp).
The strangest thing about this car though is that the body was built on behalf of Ford by a company specialising in fibre glass body work which would make the RS200 extremely light.
That company's name was Reliant.
Yes THAT Reliant, meaning this 250bhp rally bred Ford was in fact a relative of the three wheeler, Reliant Robin.