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Fast Fiestas: a history lesson

May 12, 2016 - 5:47 AM - by ST2Focus
by Mike Duff, May 10, 2016
Four hot Fords in a day gives a chance to experience the best (and worst) of the breed

What's the best thing to come out of Dagenham? The answer depends on whether you're a 1970s comedian or not. If so then "the A13", followed by a drum roll from your house band and an admonition to try the veal. If not, then quite possibly one of the many Ford products to have been produced in this corner of Essex, a couple of which have brought us here, along with a pair of their German descendants.The journey into Ford's vast Dagenham complex is one that gives off distinct Detroit vibes - a fair amount of the site is currently being cleared, with Ford's Heritage Collection housed in a nondescript (and leaky) industrial unit which is now pretty much at the edge of the complex. Inside it contains what's probably the best collection of old and interesting Fords in the world, but today it's all about Fiestas. The official unveiling of the ST200 has given a tangential, but acceptable, excuse to invite us along for a go in some of its predecessors. There's a 1989 XR2, a 1993 XR2i, a 2005 ST and a current Ecoboost ST. Time then for a condensed history lesson...

Mk2 XR2

We can't start at the beginning because Ford doesn't have a Mk1 XR2. Most of the collection has been donated over the years, and obviously no owner has felt generous enough. Or maybe they've all rusted to pieces. It's a shame because the 1981 XR2 was a genuine pioneer, one of the earliest hot superminis in the UK and sold with an 84hp version of Ford's familiar Kent overhead valve engine. With a 0-60mph time that dipped under 10 seconds it was seriously rapid by mainstream standards.

Instead I start with the Mk2 XR2, introduced in 1984, and which was basically a heavy facelift of the original. It turns gurning reminiscence as soon as I get in - the first car I ever drove was by grandmother's 1.1L of the same era. The XR2 is positively plush by comparison - there's a rev counter, a sunroof, internally adjustable door mirrors and even a five-speed box. But the tiny cabin is instantly familiar, as are the notchy gearchange and low-geared, unassisted... [Read More]
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​The Fiesta ST Is All the Performance Car You Need

Apr 22, 2016 - 5:09 PM - by ST2Focus
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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]
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Heikko Hammel scores pole for Deutscher Tourenwagen Cup Race 1

Apr 17, 2016 - 4:34 AM - by ST2Focus
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Heikko Hammel has put his Wolf Racing Ford Fiesta ST on pole position for the first race of the Deutscher Tourenwagen Cup, almost a second clear of Kai Jordanís MINI John Cooper Works.

The German lapped the Oschersleben circuit with a time of 1:39.438, 0.960 faster than Jordan, who is taking part in both the DTC and the TCR Germany series this weekend at the east German circuit.

Third fastest in the top tier Superproduction class was Milenko Vukovic in his Audi A3 ahead of Alexander Rambow in the Kia Pro Ceeíd GTR, with Kia team-mate Christian Schmitz in fifth.

In Production 1 (1.6 litre cars), Alf Ahrens was fastest in his CitroŽn DS3 ahead of Dirk Lauthís MINI JCW with Dominique Schaak third, while the Volkswagen Scirocco-only Production 2 class pole sitter was Thomas MŁhlenz.
Race 1 takes place at 15:35 CET.

Top 10 Scorecard

01 Heiko Hammel 1:39.438
02 Kai Jordan +0.960
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Ford Fiesta ST200, Up Close and Personal

Apr 09, 2016 - 12:57 PM - by ST2Focus

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]
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M-Sport: PH Meets

Apr 01, 2016 - 4:27 AM - by ST2Focus
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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]
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TG drives the fast Ford Fiestas

Mar 27, 2016 - 5:46 AM - by ST2Focus
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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.

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