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by Mihnea Radu, 2 December 2016
The 2017 Fiesta rendering saga continues with the image we all want to see: a possible preview of the hot Fiesta ST. It will arrive late next year, possibly at the Frankfurt Motor Show. But the question is: will she be a party animal or a bookworm?
Ford has had two chances to make the Fiesta RS and failed to do so, meaning the ST badge is as high as it's ever going to go. While I have no problem with that, I can also admit that it's not my favorite hot hatch. Sure, it's the best in the segment, but the MINI Cooper S has an extra dose of refinement and everyday eventfulness.
The differentiations is unlikely to change, but Ford is going to give its fans more stuff to play with. The lack of driving modes is one reason why the Fiesta ST is fun - Eco mode is your right foot, so is sports mode. But the next ST will have that and more. With how much money has been invested in the interior, we wouldn't be surprised if the engine sound comes through the speakers.
Nobody knows what's under the hood, but according to my hypothesis, it's the 1.5 EcoBoost, not the 1.6. Remember the 150 PS 2-liter from the old Fiesta ST? That one had 140 PS when it came out of the Focus. As for the 1.6 EcoBoost, it originated from the Focus too, where it makes 182 PS.
And since the 2014 mid-life facelift, the Focus has been using a 1.5-liter engine to make the same 182 PS. Considering Ford dumped huge amounts of money into making that engine, I don't see why they would continue to develop an old mill.
Why deviate from the subject of the Fiesta ST rendering? Because X-Tomi Design probably spent a couple of hours working on it and now I'm going to tell all of you that it's not perfect. Obviously, the front... [Read More]
by Sam Sheehan, 27 November 2016
We jump into a modified hot hatch to see what its like being a Time Attack driver at 2016's Snetterton season finale
We get a first taste of Time Attack in a super-hot Ford Fiesta ST to see what one of Britain's best-value series is like.
From afar, Time Attack might look like a glorified track day championship. Rather than racing, its drivers are sent out on track in sessions in order to record their fastest lap time. No race starts, no battles, it’s just you against the stopwatch.
Those who crave wheel-to-wheel competition — and can afford to fund the inevitable damage — may not find Time Attack as appealing as a race series. But for those who love driving on the absolute limit and extracting everything from themselves and their car on every corner, Time Attack might just be the perfect fit.
To find out what it’s like to be a Time Attack driver, this Autocar staffer headed to Snetterton for the final round of the year and strapped himself into a Project Carsbranded Ford Fiesta ST, prepared by intercooler specialist Airtec. With extensive engine and suspension mods, including an uprated turbo that boosts power to 345bhp and a very pointy (read: oversteery) chassis set-up, it’s a serious piece of kit.
The Time Attack championship visits six tracks, including Brands Hatch, Oulton Park and Snetterton, and generally takes place between April and September. Our entry is at Snetterton, on the two-mile-long 200 circuit. This year’s series has more than 50 entries per race, split into eight classes that range from Pocket Rocket, in which the smallestcapacity cars run, to Pro Extreme, where modifications are unlimited.
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by Andrei Tutu
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Nurburgring crashes come in all shapes and sizes and we're not just talking about the intensity of the impact. Instead, we're referring to how complicated the situation gets and we're here to bring you one of the overly complex crashes that took place on the Green Hell recently.
The driver of a Ford Fiesta ST lost his car to the infamous German track earlier this week, with the hot hatch engaging in a high-speed accident.
The piece of footage at the bottom of the page shows the multi-impact Fiesta ST accident, which is nothing short of an agony episode - the most spectacular part of it all sees the Fiesta pulling a massive "drift" with one of its rear wheels having already been bent by an impact with the protection barrier on the side of the track.So, what caused the mayhem we have here?
Truth be told, the greatest mistake the driver seen here made was to enter the first corner of the respective Ring session way too fast. Given the hefty entry speed, a crash was inevitable, regardless of the car taking the understeer or the lift-off oversteer route (the latter seems to be the case here).
In fact, this ST accident is not unlike the pinball-style Suzuki Swift Sport Nurburgring crash we showed you last month and that's due to the configuration of this Nordschleife area. Sure, the consequences of this Ford accident aren't soft, but things could've ended much worse. For one thing, the Ford... [Read More]
By Bark M. on November 4, 2016
Yep, that’s my driveway. Based on my non-scientific observations and complete lack of research, I’m going to say I’m the only person in the world to have both a Ford Fiesta ST and a Ford Focus RS. Well, okay. I’m a person in the world who has a Fiesta ST and a Focus RS, which makes me uniquely qualified to compare the two.
“Hold up,” you might be saying. “Who compares a car that stickers for just over $23,000 with a car that runs $43,000 plus additional dealer markup?” (And yes, I know that you can get FiSTs for under $20,000 now. We’ll get to that.)
Well, it’s not as crazy of a comparo as you might think.
In some ways, the comparison is unfair – to the Focus.
The Fiesta ST might land in the highest fun-per-dollar quotient of any car ever made. It’s the E30 M3 and the MK II GTI wrapped into one. It’s impossible to overstate just how great it is to drive. In fact, up until I bought the Focus, I was starting to get incredibly depressed about the thought of giving the Fiesta back in February, because there’s absolutely nothing else like it on the market. I had almost convinced myself to either buyout my lease or just buy a new FiST when I turned this one in.
However, as great as the Fiesta is, the Focus is a whole ‘nother ball of wax. To drive the Focus RS is to have the ability to launch yourself into any gap in traffic, no matter how small. And maybe it’s just because I live in the great Commonwealth of Kentucky, but Nitrous Blue garners more attention and comments than my School Bus Yellow Boss 302 ever did. Like the Fiesta, there’s nothing else like it on the market – and no, the Golf R and the STI don’t count.
But, for a moment, let’s forget about how sublimely unique each of the Fords are, forget about what the window sticker says, and talk about how they... [Read More]
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