Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Ford Handling Specialist Hoons the New Fiesta ST on the Lommel Track

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The 2013 Ford Fiesta ST is the second model in a new line of Sport Technology-branded models aimed at a global audience. Following in the footsteps of its appreciated bigger brother, the Focus ST, the Fiesta ST needs to be fun, very quick and cheaper to buy than the competition, like the new Renault Clio RS 200 EDCPeugeot 208 GtiVW Polo GTi or its derivatives.
The Clio is the hottest of the bunch, but the Fiesta is only 20 hp down on the French model, it undercuts it on price, and with the recent facelift, it looks quite racy and modern, as well.
Now, Ford has released a video featuring one of their handling specialists, David Put, hooning the little hot hatch on Track 7 of the Lommel Proving Grounds in Belgium. The track features 20 turns and measures 4.32 km (2.7 miles) - it has been used by Ford to hone the handling of their cars for many years.
Judging from the video, the Fiesta ST looks quite planted through the bends, and makes a good sound when powering out of them. However, it does seem to lean a bit, and we suspect that in a similar manner to what they did with the Focus ST, the car won't get rock-hard suspension, in order for it to be a comfy daily driver as a normal car.
By Andrei Nedelea



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