Who needs a new Fiesta ST when there's this?
We were initially bummed to learn that the next Fiesta ST wouldn't be showing its face until 2017. Then we saw the M-Sport Fiesta WRC car and suddenly felt loads better. The new off-road racer is based on the new Fiesta, but that’s about where the similarities end as M-Sport says 95% of the car has been designed from scratch. The new Fiesta features the same 1.6-liter turbo-four as the current ST model but the dial has been turned to 11. M-Sport pushed the engine to new heights, squeezing out 380 horsepower and 332 lb-ft of torque.
Doling out all that power is a sequential six-speed manual transmission. Ford’s official WRC outfit says the sound the car makes is “fantastic” and “has to be heard to be believed.” The noise this Fiesta makes may be awesome but it will have a hard time competing with the body design for the title of coolest feature. That rear wing is absolutely monstrous, as is the diffuser that sits under it. The little pocket rocket appears to be a monster of downforce which will allow whoever is ballsy enough to get behind the wheel to push the little rally racer to its limits on the straights. Should things get out of hand ventilated disc brakes with four-piston monoblock calipers are on hand to pull both driver and co-driver back from the brink.
Twists and bumps in the road will also be easier to handle thanks to redesigned MacPherson struts complete with Reiger external reservoir dampers that M-Sport says are fully adjustable in bump and rebound. Rally racing took a big blow when Volkswagen announced that it was pulling its factory-sponsored team out of the series. Cars like the M-Sport Fiesta WRC prove that the show will indeed go on with some incredibly badass cars providing the soundtrack.