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M-Sport Edition lends WRC kudos to Ford Fiesta ST

Nov 27, 2015 - 3:54 PM - by ST2Focus

by Antony Ingram, 27 Nov 2015

Mountune engine work, a Quaife diff and unique styling enhance Ford's great-value hot hatch

M-Sport, best known for developing the last few generations of Ford’s World Rally Championship entries, has launched a special edition based on Ford’s Fiesta ST.

The Fiesta M-Sport Edition is based around a Mountune MP215 power upgrade package, but adds several unique details that link it to the Fiesta RS WRCs driven by Ott Tänak and Elfyn Evans.

Externally, there’s a gloss black rear spoiler and a graphics package that references the official M-Sport World Rally Team livery. The ST’s standard wheels make way for a set of OZ Superturismo 7x17in multi-spoke alloy wheels painted matt graphite.

An optional handling pack also adds Bilstein struts with Eibach Pro springs, to further refine the ST’s already-excellent handling. Also optional is a brake upgrade, with Alcon calipers, 332mm discs and Goodrich braided hoses.

Inside, the blue theme of the graphics continues, with Nappa leather and Alcantara trim on the steering wheel, as well as a carbonfibre gearknob insert, and an M-Sport logo on the rev counter. The Fiesta ST’s Recaro seats also get custom embroidered M-Sport logos.

Mountune’s MP215 package lifts the Fiesta’s standard 179bhp output to 212bhp at 6000rpm, and there’s 236lb ft of torque — up from 214lb ft. To that, M-Sport adds a cold air induction system with a Pipercross filter, and Fiesta RS WRC exhaust builder Chris Tullett Exhausts will also supply a custom-made rear silencer.

To harness the extra shove, M-Sport fits a Quaife ATB limited-slip differential — bringing the ST in line with diff-equipped hot ... [Read More]
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Spyshots: 2017 Ford Fiesta Test Mule Previews Much Larger Body

Nov 26, 2015 - 6:54 AM - by ST2Focus
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by Mihnea Radu , 26 November 2015

While some believed this prototype was a preview for the WRC-inspired Fiesta ST, we're convinced that it's just a chassis testing mule for the next generation of Ford's subcompact wonder.

We're calling it a wonder because even after so many years, the current generation hatchback is deemed by many to be the most engaging model in its segment. However, in all other regards, it's outclassed by its (mostly European) rivals.

The first thing that strikes us when looking at the test mule is how much bigger it is. Fans of the Fiesta can easily spot the added length in the front bumper and the fender flares that preview its wider tracks.

The current Fiesta is 3969mm long and 1709mm wide, with a height of 1468mm. That might have been good enough when it was launched, but the Renault Clio, Honda Jazz and Mazda2 are bigger.

However, if you look at the back end, it's got a piece of the chassis sticking out through the bumper. If we take crumple zones into account, the next Fiesta could have a rear overhang that's about 8 to 10 centimeters longer. The obvious reason for this is to give the car a much larger trunk, which is something that's faulted it since day one.

Speaking of which, we have to mention that the current generation dates back to 2008. We're expecting the new Fiesta to be ready by early 2017, by which time this model will have been around for 9 long years.

One area where Ford has always kept ahead of the pack is the engine department. Most Fiestas sold in Europe come with the 1-liter EcoBoost engine. We consider it a groundbreaking unit regarding downsizing and 3-cylinder turbo applications.

Even though Ford doesn't make huge profits with the Fiesta, it's a crucial model. A total of 131,254 Fiestas were sold in 2014 just in Britain. Frankly, that's a ridiculously high number. The model's role will change slightly due to the imminent return of the Ka to European showrooms as a 5-door hatch.

The success of the... [Read More]
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M-Sport's Tanak, Fiesta RS Take 6th In WRC Season Finale

Nov 17, 2015 - 10:32 AM - by ST2Focus

NOV 16, 2015

(M-Sport Press Release)

M-Sport World Rally Team’s Elfyn Evans salvaged sixth place from this weekend’s Wales Rally GB as the team’s home event dished out its fair share of misfortune.
As torrential rain and gale force winds battered the stages, Evans and co-driver Daniel Barritt got the Welsh fixture off to a solid start. Best of the rest behind the leading pack, the pairing were making ground despite their limited experience.

Unfortunately, a puncture put paid to a push for the top positions — the Ford Fiesta RS WRC crew losing almost a minute and a half through the second pass of Hafren (SS4) which dropped them to an undeserving ninth place.

Regrouping, the local hero displayed an improvement in pace and stormed up the standings. Setting the fastest time through the second split of SS10, Evans also proved how formidable he can be when the going gets tough — setting the second fastest time through the night pass of Aberhirnant (SS11).

With little to fight for over the remaining 36.43 kilometres, the Welshman consolidated his position in the knowledge that a strong top-four finish would have been secured were it not for his earlier puncture.

In the sister M-Sport Fiesta RS WRC, Tänak struggled with set-up through the opening day, but was back on form having altered the settings through yesterday’s stages. Kings of the castle, he and co-driver Raigo Mõlder set the fastest time through a fan-packed Chirk Castle (SS13) and climbed into fourth position going into today’s final speed tests.
Unfortunately, Tänak became another victim of the conditions. Running slightly wide through the first pass of Brenig (SS16), he hit a stray rock and broke a bracket on the wishbone of his Fiesta — bringing his season to an untimely end and robbing him of a solid result on the team’s home soil.

Elfyn Evans (6th) said:

“Overall I think we have performed quite strongly this weekend. Without the puncture it would have been a really comfortable fourth place but we all know that rallying is a game of ifs and buts.
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Special Edition M-Sport Fiesta Revealed

Nov 17, 2015 - 10:24 AM - by ST2Focus

NOV 12, 2015

(M-Sport Press Release)

An M-Sport edition of the globally successful Ford Fiesta road car has today been revealed. M-Sport’s partners at Permashine are behind the project which includes a number of performance and aesthetic enhancements.
Mirroring the EcoBoost powered Ford Fiesta RS WRC, the M-Sport Edition Fiesta comes complete with a unique gloss black rear spoiler and graphics which draw inspiration from the 2015 M-Sport World Rally Team livery.

Each car also includes embroidered seats featuring the M-Sport logo, a custom steering wheel with Nappa leather and Alcantara trim, a carbonfibre gear lever insert with M-Sport logo on the gate pattern, an M-Sport logo on the rev counter and individual carbonfibre build numbers on the tailgate to define true limited edition status.

The most exciting upgrades however can be found under the bonnet. The 1.6 EcoBoost direct injection engine comes complete with a Mountune MP215 upgrade which retains the factory warranty and delivers 215 PS at 6,000 rpm as well as 320 Nm at 3,000 rpm.

The Ford IB6 gearbox also features a Quaife ATB limited slip differential for improved traction and OZ Superturismo LM 7x17” ET42 light alloy wheels in matt graphite complete the package.

Further options are available for those who desire the ultimate edition including an optional ‘Handling Pack’ with Bilstein inverted mono tube struts and Eibach Pro springs for improved handling.

An optional brake upgrade featuring Alcon calipers, 332mm discs and Goodridge braided brake hoses is also available as well as an M-Sport cold air induction system with Pipercross high flow foam filter.

A modified exhaust is also available with a custom-made rear silencer from Chris Tullett Exhausts — the firm who supply the exhausts for the rally-winning Fiesta RS WRC.

M-Sport Managing Director, Malcolm Wilson OBE, said:

“Following the success of the M-Sport Transit it only seemed right to deliver an M-Sport Edition Ford Fiesta. I am delighted to announce that we have done just that and our... [Read More]
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Ford Fiesta ST is the best ever

Nov 08, 2015 - 5:32 AM - by ST2Focus

By Phil Lanning, 30 October 2015

The Fiesta is the heartbeat of Ford and the ST makes your heart beat just that bit faster

JUST as we have a British Formula One world champion in 2015, the Ford Fiesta also first arrived in a year where a British race ace took the title.

It was 1976, James Hunt took the F1 world title ahead of Niki Lauda and the top chart hit was Dancing Queen.

Now in its seventh generation, the Fiesta nameplate has led the small car segment in the UK for 27 of its 37-year lifespan.

And it has been the best-selling car year-on-year since 2009, when it overtook yet another Ford, the Focus.

In terms of sales, more than 40 per cent of UK buyers today opt for the turbocharged 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine, with nine in 10 selecting one of the higher trim levels – including Titanium, Titanium X and flagship ST models — although the most popular is the Zetec spec.

I’m one of four million UK owners, having driven an XR2 as a teenager. Since then, the Fiesta has become part of the UK’s heritage alongside fish and chips, roast beef and moaning about the weather.

The Fiesta is the heartbeat of Ford, the performance editions make your heart beat just that bit faster... and I’ve had another drive of the best version ever, the ST-3.

There is always something very special about a Ford special edition... especially the fast versions.

For not too much extra money, these are the models that can deliver more pace and a few more tricks — a bit like signing Ronaldo but just nowhere near as expensive.

The ST-3 adds extra equipment including keyless entry, an upgraded stereo with sat-nav, cruise control, automatic headlights and rain-sensing wipers.

The rest is all much the same as the current ST – and I reckon it’s the best they’ve ever... [Read More]
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2016 Ford Fiesta RS Will Push You Over The Edge

Oct 29, 2015 - 12:36 PM - by ST2Focus
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By MC Staff | October 29, 2015

Looks like there's a bit of a buzz stirring.....

Ford has revealed the new Ford Fiesta RS that will leave you surprised with what the car is capable of. The new model is said to be one of the 12 new performance models under Ford.

The RS version comes with 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine from Fiesta ST, and is able to go from 180 horsepower to 250 horsepower. That is more than enough for the Ford Fiesta RS to go 0-62 mph in 5.5 seconds.

Furthermore, the car will come with the refined four-wheel drive. It is likely that the Ford Fiesta RS will have similar system with the new Ford Focus RS, which can offer power slides with a ‘drift’ button. The car will need a help from the standard launch control and talon-like grip form the four-wheel-drive system.

We heard that Ford is putting a good price for the Ford Fiesta RS when the car is launched soon. We’ll have to wait for further updates from Ford to find out more about the new model.

2016 Ford Fiesta RS Will Push You Over The Edge ? MotoringCrunch
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