Say it with me: The Ford Fiesta ST is NOT a sleeper. It’s not a particularly fast car, true. It’s more meant to be a neat little daily, a runaround that doesn’t suck, an eco-car that you can absolutely beat the hell out of at an autocross course. Believe me on that last part, I’ve seen it first hand. 180 horsepower with up to 197 horses on tap with an overboost function in stock form in a car that weighs in at about 2,500 pounds at the heavy end of the scale isn’t anything to shame, that’s for sure. But on a quarter-mile or half-mile track, it’s nothing to really get that excited about, either. It’s a five-door that stock, might crank out a low-15 second quarter. It’s the Little Econobox That Could…and not much more.
At least, if you leave everything well enough alone. But what fun is there in leaving a car like the Fiesta ST stock? If you’re even slightly into the idea of a killer sleeper, the ST isn’t a bad start. Who would take one that seriously in a half-mile run? Nobody, that’s who. If you have an Evo, a musclecar, or a strong sports sedan, you are going to take one look at the rolling Easter egg and make an early notch into your belt. Surely, you can punt a Fiesta down the track faster than it will move, right? Be careful who you pick on, because with the right turbo setup and some other boltons, the tide can turn on you, fast. Watch the kill list this little white machine racks up while running NoFlyZone Midwest…it’s impressive, to say the least.
Whew…not one FiST joke made. That’s a new record!