Words by Leo Lim | Photos courtesy of the Ford Motor Company
The Ford Fiesta ST was built for weekend speed junkies who want the extra oomph but are practical enough for daily drives and trips to the supermarket. It packs a four-cylinder 1.6L EcoBoost engine with 197 horsepower and should go from 0 to 100 km/h in under 7.0 seconds. Quite thrilling, that is until you see this. Ford Racing, with OlsbergsMSE from Sweden, has built a Fiesta on steroids that has 600 hp, all-wheel-drive, and can jump to 100 km/h in less than 2.0 seconds. So what if it only has one seat and can't fit any groceries? Who cares if you've got 600 hp under your right foot?
This is the Ford Fiesta ST Globally RallyCross Championship (GRC) race car, which will be used for the blue oval brand's campaign in the 2013 Global RallyCross Championship, and will driven by two-time GRC champion Tanner Foust, Brian Deegan, and the Gymkhana King himself, Ken Block.