This Ford Escort RS Cosworth is powered by a 2.0-liter inline-four turbo, paired to a 5-speed manual gearbox.
The 1:25 scale Escort RS1800 is constructed out of gold, silver, diamonds and other gemstones – and was 25 years in the making.
The 2020 Escape is the first of more than 30 new models Ford China will launch in the next three years.
Block had parts of the destroyed car’s turbocharger, wheels and fender ground to flakes and added to the paint.
Not a single part could be salvaged from the previous Escort Cosworth, so this one is a new car.
His previous Cossie was consumed by fire at a rally accident, but Block announced he is building a new one.
That’s a new record for the RS1600 – a legendary road-going rally car, sold by Silverstone Auctions alongside an equally impressive Sierra.
On the flip side, if Batman ever needed to blend in while out on patrol, this Ford Escort-based Batmobile should do.
This beautifully restored 1972 Escort RS1600 coming up for auction is no ordinary econobox.
Ken Block’s Ford Escort is no more, but thankfully both he and his co-driver got out without any injuries.
Last time around, the humble 1.1-liter Escort sold for more than double that sum.
Despite being very different, they will be auctioned at the same event for a similar price.