Ford Capri RS 3100 Cologne 

By Wouter Melisen

April 8, 2021

The Ford Capri RS 3100 Cologne came into being as the result of a fierce rivalry between BMW and Ford in the 1973 and 1974 European Touring Car Championship (ETCC).

Before BMW joined the ETCC, Cologne had gradually developed the two-door Capri into a race-winning machine. The Group 2 racer was a Capri "on steroids" in every way.

Producing around 450 hp and mated to a ZF five-speed gearbox, the GAA engine was mounted in a further developed version of the Capri chassis.

The massive front tires fitted to the Group 2 Capri require a monumental effort to steer.

Thanks to the introduction of the Heritage Touring Cup 1970s touring cars have become much sought after. The works Capris and CSLs were the fastest machines of the era but they are now quite rare.