With the Fiesta taking center stage on the World Rally scene, Ken Block Gymkhana events and X Games finals, it’s only logical that Ford should develop a performance version of its super-mini to build on this motorsport activity.
So while the production version of the Focus ST was being unveiled, in another corner of the Ford booth at the Frankfurt auto show, visitors can see the new Fiesta ST Concept.
Sporting Fiestas are revered in Europe for their affordable fun, going back through the car’s 35-year history with iconic models such as the Fiesta XR2 and XR2i, Fiesta RS1800 and RS Turbo as well as the more recent first-generation Fiesta ST.
The distinctive new second-gen three-door Fiesta ST Concept embodies the spirit of Fiesta’s high-performance history while infusing the latest model with innovative technology.
"With a racing silhouette inspired by the global Fiesta race and rally cars, and influenced by the unique appearance of the new Focus ST, the new Fiesta ST Concept is an exciting demonstration of the road-going Fiesta’s future potential,” said Derrick Kuzak from Ford’s Global Product Development.
With the Fiesta RS World Rally Car and Fiesta Rallycross cars currently demonstrating the potential of Ford’s small car in the toughest motorsport events, there’s no better time for Ford to offer customers a glimpse of what is also technically possible with the road-going Fiesta.
Like the Fiesta RS WRC, the new Fiesta ST Concept uses a 1.6-liter Ford EcoBoost engine to deliver the performance. The use of a 1.6-liter turbocharged unit reflects not only the current WRC engine guidelines, but also the trend within international motorsport to deliver greater fuel economy through technical advancement. Like the 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine in the forthcoming Focus ST, the 1.6-liter in the Fiesta Concept also features Twin-independent Variable Camshaft Timing (Ti-VCT).
For the Concept, this engine achieves a target power output of 180hp with 180 lb-ft of torque, enough to propel the concept vehicle from 0-62mph in less than 7 seconds. The top speed is said to exceed 135mph. Yet the design of the turbocharged, four-cylinder – connected to a 6-speed manual transmission – means the ST Concept is also able to deliver target CO2 emissions of lower than 140g/km.
The three-door Fiesta ST’s bold styling makes an immediate impression. The large trapezoidal grille echoes a key feature of the new Focus ST and incorporates a honeycomb mesh design. At the rear, a diffuser envelops a twin-exit exhaust.
A lowered stance, widened wheel arches filled with 17” wheels and the full ST body kit mirror the styling of the Fiesta WRC competition car. The Molten Orange paint – new for Europe but featured on the Ford SVT F-150 Raptor pickup – reinforces the racing spirit of the Fiesta ST Concept. This theme is continued on the high-contrast interior, which includes Recaro sports seats.
“With the Focus ST we promised to deliver uncompromised sports performance and styling to a truly global audience for the first time, without sacrificing Ford’s key values of Smart, Safe, Quality and Green. With the Fiesta ST Concept, we are demonstrating that our Global Performance Plan has legs,” said Jost Capito, Ford's director of Global Performance Vehicles.