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by Kristen Lee, 22 May 2018


Hey, so, you know how the 2018 Ford Fiesta ST (THAT WE WON’T GET HERE) has launch control? Do you know how freaking awesome that is? Do you know how mad I am? The kids over at Carfection recently got their hands on a new Fiesta ST.

In addition to, they also cut this short video of host Henry Catchpole trying out the launch control.

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It doesn’t look very hard, it looks fun as hell and it’s absolutely enraging. We used to get the Fiesta ST and now we do not, because of sales and SUVs or some dumb bullshit like that. Which means we are completely missing out on some sweet, three-cylinder, launch control fury.Think one will fit in my checked bag the next time I come back from the UK?

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to kick a trash can across the room and scream at my furniture.

https://jalopnik.com/we-are-so-mad-the-2018-ford-fiesta-st-has-launch-contro-1826226527

 

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How usefull will launch control be in tiny engined tiny turbo car? When he launched it the thing bogged right down anyway.
 

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How usefull will launch control be in tiny engined tiny turbo car? When he launched it the thing bogged right down anyway.
chalk it up to a bad clutch dump from the driver. BUT we are forgetting the purpose of "Launch Control." Despite all the marketing hype and forum talk, LC is not some magical "go fast" button. It LIMITS the torque and slip so you can get traction off the line. THAT'S IT.

A prime example is the R35 Nissan GT-R fiasco. Despite not have a LC feature at initial launch, owners played with it until they found a mode that let it hook up faster...at the cost of the transmission. Nissan's fix? Well they faced unfair judgement from the online community and revised the transmission protocols to allow for a "Launch Control," which limited the power in the first few gears, engaged the traction control, yet enabled the GT-R to achieve faster launches!

The European hot hatch market is very competitive and in order for Ford to stay at the forefront, selectable driver modes, LC, etc. were all added. We may think it's a bit much for a small commuter car but what do Americans know? We're not getting the car anyway.
 

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I was just posing the question of asking how useful it would actually be in a tiny powered car. No racial debate about it. They will eventually need a dsg style tranny to keep up with...... everyone else in class. I think the Polo GTi or at least the older model was the only competitior optioned with a manual trans. I think Ford may need to have both manual and dual clutch auto options available in future. The dual clutch will probably do more for 0-100 than launch control which just seems gimmicky to me on these cars.
 
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