HistoryThe last of the Andy Rouse Engineering-built Mondeos. Originally built to use a 4-cylinder engine; Rouse had long believed that the lighter and physically smaller engine offered packaging and handling advantages over the usual V6. However when Ford decided to switch the works contract to West Surrey Racing, the idea was abandoned.
The car was converted back to 1995-spec, complete with V6 engine, and used by Josef Kopecký in the Czech Republic and FIA Central European Championships between 1996-1998.
The car was sold to a French buyer and used in European hillclimb events.
In July 2013 the car was offered for sale at auction at the Silverstone Classic, but failed to meet the reserve. The car was again put up for auction at the Autosport International Show in Jan 2014 but again failed to sell.
Eventually sold in late 2014 to Alan Strachan, who had worked for Rouse in period and was one of the original team who built the car. Over the winter 2014/15 Strachan's company AWS Engineering gave car a bare-shell rebuild, and in the process re-painted in 1995 BTCC 'Valvoline' colours.