Ford Fiesta

Ford Fiesta

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There’s no doubting that Ken Block shots some of the most bad-ass videos we’ve ever seen. But have you ever wanted to get a first-hand look of the amazing Gymkhana course? We bet that the answer to this question is a resounding "yes" and, with this is mind, Block revealed the 6th installment of his world famous Gymkhana series from a slightly different angle.

Sure, this is the same course that we saw in the earlier Gymkhana 6 video, but this one offers up tons more cut shots, thanks to strategically placed GoPro cameras. And these new angles are enough to make this feel like an all new Gymkhana video, as you get a look at just how precise Block is in his Fiesta .

This dude is simply amazing, and we can’t say much more than that. Enjoy the video, folks.

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In the latest episode of The Smoking Tire, Matt Farah wanted to see just how much car you can get for around $25k in both the new and used markets. From the new market, he chose a 2014 Ford Fiesta ST and from the used market, he borrowed a friend’s E46 BMW M3 . The Fiesta ST is a downright impressive hatchback that is unrivaled in its class, but the E46 M3 is still known as one of the best driver’s cars of all time.

Farah thinks that the Fiesta ST is easier to drive and that it offers a better equipped interior. Ford’s feisty hatchback is powered by a 1.6-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine that delivers a total of 197 horsepower and 202 pound-feet of torque. On the other hand, the E46 M3 gets a 3.2-liter, six-cylinder engine that delivers a total of 333 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque.

On paper, it looks like the M3 would win hands down, but he didn’t test these cars on paper. Check out the video to see which one he prefers.

Looks like Gymkhana isn’t the only viral phenomena we can expect from Ford these days.

This time a year ago, Ford of Europe released its own version of Ken Block’s now famous Gymkhana race-stunt series. Only that time, the role of Block was played by his inanimate cousin, Mental Block, and the Ford Fiesta rally car used in the stunts measured about four inches long.

So with Christmas once again upon us, the Blue Oval is back at it again with the second installment of Snowkhana, appropriately titled "Snowkhana Two." This time around, the Mental Block and his trusty steed find themselves in the always treacherous jungle called "under and around the Christmas tree."

Like a true savant drifter, Block and the Fiesta navigate around a pile of presents, other toy cars, a dinosaur, and even an excavator truck. And he did it all that while trying not to get too distracted by the cameo appearances of a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle, Darth Vader, and Miley Cyrus riding on a wrecking ball...err...a Christmas ornament.

It’s all in good fun and a reminder to all of us that the holiday season still has the power to bring out the kids in all of us.

Click past the jump to watch Snowkhana One

TheFord Fiesta ST is a pretty snazzy ride, notwithstanding the fact that it doesn’t do much in the way of inspiring anybody to start pursuing a life in auto racing .

But there’s a lot of things about the Fiesta ST that we like even if we’re not about to disagree if an aftermarket company decides to give it the ’ol circle around the tuning block.

Loder1899 doesn’t have the cache of the more esteemed tuners out there, but it still can pull off an impressive piece of work. No more is that evident than in what it did to the Fiesta ST.

With a few tweaks here (upgrading the exhaust and intercooler) and a few tweaks there (remapping the car’s ECU unit), Loder1899 was able to take the Fiesta ST’s 1.6-liter, Ecoboost engine and increase the output from 182 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque, all the way up to 235 horsepower and 247 pound-feet of torque, resulting in a performance improvement that includes a 0-to-60 mph time of 6.9 seconds — 0.4 quicker than the standard figure — and a new top speed of about 145 mph.

Those are some pretty serious numbers, especially for a hot hatch like the Ford Fiesta ST. Then again, you expect things like this from Loder1899, which has crafted a reputation as a fine Ford tuner.

Click past the jump to read more about Loder1899’s program for the Ford Fiesta ST

2014 Ford Fiesta ST by Loder1899

It goes without saying that Ken Block’s Gymkhana series has taken on a life of its own. It’s already on its sixth installment and every year, it seems that the stunts are getting crazier and crazier.

For "Gymkhana 6: The Ultimate Grid Obstacle Course," we’re treated to Ken Block laying waste to one of the most incredible man-made obstacle courses we’ve ever seen. It also features a pretty randy Ford Fiesta ST RX43 racer — a car that we haven’t seen a whole lot of — take on a slew of items, ranging from excavators, customized trailers, cops riding on Segways and even a pair of Lamborghini Aventadors . The latter two, we surmise, were made possible by Block’s recent tie-up with Need for Speed.

We’re not going to spend a whole time gushing about Gymkhana 6. Instead, we’ll leave it up to Block to show you why the Gymkhana series has become one of the most must-watch spectacles in stunt drifting. So crank up those speakers and enjoy...

Click past the jump to watch the first five Gymkhana videos

The SEMA Auto Show wouldn’t be complete without Bojix Design in the mix. The aftermarket company has, time and again, strutted its wares at the annual auto show in Las Vegas, and this year won’t be any different.

Yes, fellas, Bojix Design is coming back to SEMA with a new take on the Ford Fiesta ST. We’re saying ’new’ because Bojix seemingly makes it an annual ritual to bring a Ford to SEMA. Remember last year’s Focus project? We certainly do.

This year, the 2014 Fiesta is the subject and true to form, it has the kind of aggressive appearance that Bojix Design hangs its hat on. A comprehensive aerodynamic kit is part of the program, as you can probably see with the large front fenders, as well as the equally large wheel arches and side sills. A custom grey BASF paintjob is also part of the program, complemented nicely by black racing stripes with orange trims that you can also see on the mirror caps and the side doors of the Fiesta.

According to Ford, the project also comes with a coilover suspension, a cat-back exhaust system and a Banks Straight-Shot water-methanol injection system. No details have been given regarding the performance upgrade, but don’t be surprised if it packs the kind of output — 250 horsepower — last year’s Fiesta ST program had under its hood.

Click past the jump to read about the 2014 Ford Fiesta ST

The 2013 SEMA Auto Show is shaping up to be a doozy and the word out of Ford is that the automaker will be bringing an armada of vehicles to Las Vegas.

Fifty-seven in total, in case you’re wondering, which is hugely significant considering that a lot of brands will be out in force themselves to showcase their latest aftermarket offerings.

One Ford model that will be well represented at SEMA is the automaker’s resident pocket rocket, the 2014 Ford Fiesta ST . From the looks of it, five unique Fiesta ST models will be showcased at the event, including one created and developed by an aftermarket company who’s no stranger to the lights of SEMA: Ice Nine Group.

We all remember the company’s program for the Ford Fusion that was displayed at last year’s event. This year, the tuning firm upped the ante with an incredible showcase of creativity and ingenuity wrapped up in a program for the Fiesta ST.

The car itself was transformed in the spirit of a rally car . Notice the Fiesta ST’s grille now has a pair of fog lamps installed on it. That’s not a happenstance addition, fellas. There’s also a carbon-fiber hood, huge fender flares and a rear wing, all of which were added to improve the car’s aerodynamic capabilities.

Meanwhile, the unique custom body wrap is the real highlight of the program, with Ice Nine Group opting for a confluence of colors (white, blue, orange, and black, mainly) that all combine to create a distinctive style and image. Rounding out Ice Nine Group’s take on the Fiesta ST are a new set of 17-inch Braid wheels wrapped in Falken Azenis RT615K tires.

Click past the jump to read about the 2014 Ford Fiesta ST

Not one to be outdone by the number of other Ford Fiesta STs coming to the SEMA Auto Show , perennial attendee 3D Carbon isn’t going to let the event pass without bringing its own program.

Hardly surprising, right?

This year, 3D Carbon’s work on the 2014 Ford Fiesta ST is all kinds of red, the kind that can’t escape your attention even if you wanted to.

In addition to the splashy red body color of the Fiesta ST, 3D Carbon also spent some time adding a new aerodynamic kit on the sports hatch , installing a whole set of new components that include a front splitter, modified side skirts, a tailgate-mounted spoiler and a rear diffuser. A set of 19-inch Pinzette-M Forgiato wheels are also part of the package and they are wrapped in Pirelli race tires.

Inside, there are plenty more modifications, but the only thing that was mentioned is the two-tone leather upholstery. Ford didn’t mention any performance upgrades, but we expect to see at least a few extra ponies squeezed from the 1.6-liter, EcoBoost engine.

Expect more details about 3D Carbon’s program for the 2014 Ford Fiesta to be revealed in the days leading up to the 2013 SEMA Auto Show.

Click past the jump to read about the 2014 Ford Fiesta

The partnership between Ford Racing, Tanner Foust, and COBB Tuning has been churning along for years now and as part of their collaboration, special-edition models are always an expected treat.

Earlier this year, Foust, Ford Racing and COBB Tuning worked on a special-edition Focus , one that we lauded for its unique exterior detail, new carbon-fiber add ons, a new custom grille, fancy race graphics, a wheel and tire program, an a noticeable performance upgrade.

At the 2013 SEMA Auto Show , all three are back to working again, only this time, the choice vehicle is the 2014 Ford Fiesta ST.

Just like the special-edition Focus from earlier this year, the SEMA-bound Fiesta ST that Foust, COBB Tuning, and Ford Racing worked on is a definite treat to the eyes. The digital camouflage wrap already on this military-inspired Fiesta ST jumps out of the picture.

There’s also a new carbon-fiber hood that matches the overall body makeup of the sports hatch. Racing decals are also prevalent, including the vehicle’s apparent tie-up with the Pat Tillman Foundation.

The model also has an upgraded interior and performance modifications that include, among other things, a cold air intake and a sports exhaust system.

More details, like the performance specs, are expected to be unveiled regarding this COBB Tuning/Tanner Foust-tuned Ford Fiesta ST.

Click past the jump to read about the 2014 Ford Fiesta ST

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As Ford used us by now, with a few weeks before the 2013 SEMA opens its doors in Las Vegas, the company started to revealed the first details on the models it prepared for the show. One of these vehicles is a pretty cool Fiesta ST tuned by the guys over MRT.

The concept was designed as a stylish street performer updated with aftermarket parts and a pretty aggressive body kit that enhance its sporty reputation. The car is powered by an EcoBoost engine mated to a six-speed transmission and combined with a high-performance exhaust system. However, up to this point we can not tell you for sure the amount of power delivered by this Fiesta ST .

The car sits on 18-inch wheels from Rotiform and features a cool custom paint that combines green, black and some orange stripes.

At the SEMA show Ford also prepared a special Xbox One demo station that will allow visitors to play the Xbox One’s “Forza Motorsport 5,” which goes on November 22nd, but also to virtually test the Fiesta ST.

Click past the jump to read more about the standard Ford Fiesta ST.


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