Feb 27, 2013 - 10:15 AM - by STdan
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Quick, lively, and practical, the Fiesta ST is simply addictive. And my Porsches still tucked away in the garage are starting to get jealous.
By Jack Baruth, Apr 21, 2016
This was supposed to be the week that I got my Porsches out of storage. Perhaps "storage" is too grandiose a word. I have a two-car garage, and it's occupied by my 911 and my Boxster S all four seasons of the year. Come December, however, I over-inflate the tires, put in some fuel stabilizer, disconnect the batteries, and make sure that both cars are sealed up tight enough to keep mice from dying in the glove compartment. My detailer says that he's breaking up with me if he has to deal with dead mice in the glove compartment for a third year in a row.
Never in the past 15 years have I gotten as far as April 15th without reversing all of the above steps, clearing out the motorcycles that block my garage door like a Maginot Line made entirely of Japanese steel, and getting my sports cars on the road for a little spring cleaning of the soul. Not this year. I probably won't get around to it until next Saturday morning, which is my SCCA region's first autocross of the year. Part of the delay is due to laziness, part to travel, part to a busy parenting and work schedule. But the primary reason is the little blue car that sits in the unprivileged space at the end of my driveway.
It was just 35 days ago that I left Los Angeles in the deep-blue Fiesta ST that belonged to The Smoking Tire's Matt Farah until my partner in crime, Danger Girl, traded him a personal check for the keys. It takes an act of faith to accept a check nowadays for anything larger than a box of Cheerios, but Matt's a trusting fellow. It took about 30 hours to get back to Ohio, which is not a short enough timeframe to make Alex Roy jealous but which is certainly far too long... [Read More]
24 March 2016
Hot hatchbacks are rebels amongst, what is today, a rather civilised automotive industry. Amongst the premium saloons and the very serious performance kit sits this breed that point blank refuses to be extinguished. The past few years have seen a real resurgence for those cars that demand to have their cake and eat it. Practicality and performance can both be had in a neat affordable package. Ford’s Fiesta ST is our pick of the bunch, it won our 2013 Car of the Year, but its time in the spotlight is coming to an end. An all-new Fiesta is coming, but this model has one final swan song for enthusiasts. Meet the Ford Fiesta ST200.
At a secretive location, filled with legendary Ford cars of the past, we were amongst the first to get up close and personal with the new Ford Fiesta ST200. Fast Fiestas such as the XR2 pepper this models heritage and so this car has some big shoes to fill. However, the ST on which it is based is an excellent starting point.
Visually the Ford Fiesta ST200 has a passive aggressive tone thanks in part to a new set of 17 inch alloy wheels. These five spoke black rims fill the arches and wouldn’t look out of place on the Death Star. “Storm Grey” is an exclusive colour for the ST200 and it wears it with distain. Badging is proudly tattooed on the cars backside.
Inside you will find the interior familiar with the exception of silver stitched Recaro seats, more ST logos, and a an illuminated scuff plate. Seating five with an ample level of boot space, the beauty of the ST has always been that when you just need to go to the shops it is still a Fiesta.
Don’t go thinking that this car earned its special status with a new paint job and a snazzy set of wheels… Oh no! The chassis has had a good going over with a stiffer suspension setup, with attention being given to the rear twist beam and front steering knuckles, and an overall lower centre of gravity.
The 1.6 litre turbocharged engine now produces 197 BHP and 214lb ft of torque. But there is more! A 15 second overboost feature enables 212 BHP and 236lb ft. 0-62 MPH takes 6.7 seconds and it will go onto a top speed of 143 MPH. Final drive ratio has also been... [Read More]
by Dan Trent , March 31, 2016
Behind the scenes at M-Sport's rally HQ
The second life for your stereotypical crumbling country pile tends to follow a certain pattern. Once the landed gentry have moved out or died off many find use as hospitals or care homes, boutique hotels, corporate HQs or conference venues. There probably aren't many that have done - or do - most of the above as well as supporting a tech park, industrial estate and world class manufacturing facility for building and preparing cars for international rallying and circuit racing.Credit to Malcolm Wilson though; he bought Dovenby Hall as a semi-derelict former psychiatric hospital, gutted it, restored it and then built a factory unit on the back where his firm M-Sport builds and prepares every kind of rally car. More recently this has been joined by the job of building and running Bentley's swaggering GT3 cars. Expansion plans are well under way to add an additional manufacturing unit and on-site test track to create a motorsport centre of excellence in the heart of Wilson's native Cumbria.
Shop floor workers
The old house has been restored into something approaching its former glory, the lavish dining rooms now available to hire. As you progress through the building it becomes steadily more like your regular specialist car manufacturer, offices full of CAD operators, admin and marketing teams eventually opening out into the gleaming shop floor where the physical manifestation of all this expertise takes shape. Down one side bays filled with R5 and WRC Fiestas in for strip-down and repair hum with activity; on the other new cars are prepped and built, body-in-white shells awaiting fit powertrains and interiors.Off to the sides are rooms with machine shops, powertrain test and assembly areas,... [Read More]
Ford hands us the keys to its collection of old Fiestas. We get all Essex
by Tom Harrison, 26 Mar 2016
Everyone loves a fast Fiesta - including us. Everyone knows someone who’s owned one, or has owned one themselves. They’re fun for the everyman, and unbeatable value for money. Which is why when Ford asked us back down to its Heritage Centre - a (purposefully) nondescript shed in deepest Essex - to drive some old, fast Fiestas, we just about bit its hand off.
It’s all in honour of the ST200, the latest version of today’s ST, which from the factory has more than twice the power of the very first XR2s. Progress, huh? It’ll be a few months before we get a go, but if (most of) the oldies are anything to go by, it’ll be an absolute riot.
Read more: TG drives the fast Ford Fiestas | Top Gear
by By Marshall, 03/14/2016
In 2013 we were given the chance to build Ford’s, then new, Fiesta ST. The car features our Stage 3 Power Package, suspension upgrades, upgraded stereo, and a very impressive paint job in tribute to the Pat Tillman Foundation. Full details for the build can be found in a previous article, “COBB Tuning / Pat Tillman Foundation Ford Fiesta ST”.
In January, the car went out to Scottsdale, Arizona to be sold at the Barrett-Jackson Auction. We were not able to secure a Charity Listing with Barrett-Jackson, however we entered the auction under the premise that all proceeds would be donated to the Pat Tillman Foundation to support their Tillman Scholars.
Today, we were so lucky to be able to present representatives of the Pat Tillman Foundation with the proceeds of said auction. We also had the privilege to meet and hear from a few of the Tillman Scholars. As a company, we are extremely proud to be involved in helping to make a difference!
- 2014 Ford Fiesta ST
- 1.6L Ecoboost I-4 Engine
- 6-Speed Manual Transmission
... [Read More]
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