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Why the Escort Cosworth couldn't come with its original triple wing

There's a bit of a confusion surrounding who did what on Ford's Escort Cosworth. Its chief exterior designer was Stephen Harper, while Ian Callum calls it his first major car design, adding that he created it with the help of fellow Royal College of Art graduate Peter Horbury. What's for sure is that the Cossie's iconic rear wing came from the head of yet another designer fresh out of college—Frank Stephenson.


What's more, Ford's rally car was supposed to get a three-deck rear wing—inspired by the WWI Fokker Dr.I triplane—like the world had never seen before in automotive design.


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