1:1 The real-world Ford XR3i was released January 1983, built in Saarlouis, Germany. The RS1600i and the RS Turbo versions were produced in the mid-eighties to satisfy the Group A regulations for racing & rallying.
C0389: Mike Smith, a well-known UK music DJ, raced throughout the 1980s much of it in Production Saloon championships. One colourful livery was the C0389 Uniroyal Production saloon Ilford Escort XR3i (actually an RS Turbo in the 1:1 world).
C0390/C0376: Probably the most famous liveries used on the XR3i cars were the’05’ MOBIL and Marlboro cars of Peter Brock, the famous Australian saloon car driver. Though the Escort was never used in 1:1 racing by Peter Brock, Scalextric needed to feed a demand in the Australian market. Not having any Holden cars in the range, Scalextric used the Escort XR3i as a donor body for the well-known Holden liveries driven by ‘King of the Mountain’ Peter Brock in the Bathurst 1000 races and other championship rounds in Australia.
C0392/C0375: Dick Johnson, another extremely well-known Australian champion, is also represented in the Scalextric range with the Palmer Tube Mills green Escort XR3i although, again this car was never used in the Australian Saloon car championship by Johnson. Scalextric didn’t have models of the cars driven by Johnson and used the Xr3i as a donor.
C0141: The Rover 3500 was also used for a green Palmer Tube Mills/Dick Johnson livery – again, a donor car and paired with the (C0140) Marlboro 05 Escort and released only in the Australian market.