JUL 28th 2015

0‑60mph in 1.7sec: Pat Doran tells GRR of his 900bhp Ford RS200

‘Every time I get in it, it tries to kill me,’ Pat Doran tells us when we caught up with the larger-than-life former British Rallycross Champion at FoS this year. Thankfully Pat emerged unscathed after his run up the Goodwood hill…

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The car? What else but his famous RS200, ‘Rosie’, all 900bhp of it. Pat’s had it since the early 1990s so it’s part of the family now, despite recent misadventures: an off at Pike’s Peak and then an engine fire during a demo run last year at Lydden Hill, the circuit in Kent that Pat owns. He miraculously escaped both incidents unhurt. 

For a man who’s speared off the top of the ‘Devil’s Playground’ and sat inside an inferno of a Ford, Molecombe would surely not represent too much of a challenge.

‘It is a beast,’ he tells us in our interview, ‘but so far it’s behaving itself.’ With four-wheel drive and modern sequential ‘box it’s certainly fast: it has been timed at 0-60 in just 1.7sec. 

You can hear Pat – father of Liam, campaigner of the Citroën DS3 in the World Rallycross Championship – talk more about it, and see his Goodwood run, in our video…

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