Grips with perhaps the Blue Oval’s most dominant touring car
Pirelli and Yokohama was vital to Gravett’s 1990 BTCC title.
Even after his short run, Jordan can see why. “If you went too hard over a lap or two it’d be the beginning of the end of the tyres,” he says. “I bet they were being very careful to look after tyres.
“That really puts an emphasis on what brutes they were. The car’s not all over the place, but because you’re using all of the road – normally in a big opposite lock – I would think it made racing them quite hard. The cars would be moving around so much.”
Jordan has experience of a wide range of touring car eras, from Austin A40s and Lotus Cortinas of the ’50s and ’60s all the way up to the current NGTC racers. Just before the Silverstone test, he had driven a Gordon Spice Ford Capri, which dominated the BTCC just a few seasons before the RS500 arrived.
He is impressed by how far things had developed between the two iconic Fords. “This completely moves the goalposts,” he says. “It surprised me how quick it was. People always go on about the RS500 and you look at it and think it’s just a beefed-up Sierra. It’s quicker than I thought.
“I can see why people rave about RS500S now. It’s nice when something genuinely surprises you.” ■