Ford Fiesta

Ford Fiesta

The Chevrolet Camaro Hot Wheels Concept wasn’t the only car at SEMA bearing the Hot Wheels brand. Turns out, Chevy’s biggest rival, Ford, also had one in attendance, on a Ford Fiesta .

As far as the latter is concerned, the hatchback comes with edgy exterior graphics from Original Wraps with the Hot Wheels logo emblazoned on the sides of the car. It also has a new rear hatch spoiler, printed headliner technology from Freudenber Vitech, an aggressive Ford Racing suspension, and a new set of 18" custom-painted Motegi Racing wheels wrapped around Goodyear Eagle F1 Ultra Performance Low Profile tires. Meanwhile, the interior of the Team Hot Wheels Ford Fiesta Ford Fiesta boasts of a comprehensive, factory-available, two-tone interior package from Ford’s Custom Accessories division and a new short-throw shifter courtesy of Ford Racing.

The elaborate graphics design on the car alone was enough to catch our attention, but we also found out that nearly all of the styling components and functional accessories on this car are available from Ford Custom Accessories, Ford Licensed Accessories, or Ford Racing Performance Parts. That leads us to think that maybe we can dress up our own little Fiestas using this smoking hot Fiesta Hot Wheels racer as inspiration.

UPDATE 11/07/2011: We have added live images from the 2011 SEMA Show. Check them out in the picture gallery!

The Ford Fiesta did not have as many representatives at the SEMA Auto Show as that of the Ford Focus . Nevertheless, the former was in attendance in a variety of tuning programs, one of which comes courtesy of Gold Coast Automotive.

The US tuning firm prepared a program for the Ford Fiesta with an eye towards a comprehensive aerodynamic kit to go with a steady diet of performance modifications. In the case of the former, Gold Coast Automotive dressed up the Fiesta with a number of elements, including a 3dCarbon body kit, a SoCal SignWorx graphic wrap, a new fender flare kit, a custom front splitter, and a new APR Performance rear wing. As for the performance mods, the Fiesta was treated with a Jackson Racing Rotrex intercooled supercharger, a Wilwood four-piston front, a two-piston rear brake system, and a new set of Hankook Ventus racing tires.

All told, the changes done by Gold Coast Automotive on the Ford Fiesta have turned the car from a pedestrian hatchback to a definite eye-catcher. And at the end of the day, that’s what SEMA is all about, isn’t it?

UPDATE 11/07/2011: We have added live images from the SEMA Show. Check them out in the picture gallery!

Of the three SEMA Auto Show -bound Ford Fiestas , the one customized by Aaron Vaccar appears to be the one that has the least appeal, at least as far as first impressions are concerned.

But to say that little work was done on the car is completely ridiculous. As a matter of fact, this particular Ford Fiesta just may be the best of the bunch once you know all the modifications done.

Outside, Aaron Vaccar dressed the Fiesta with a custom BASF bright Silver Matte Metallic paint finish and a new set of 17" Advanti Racing V3 Vago wheels. As for the interior, the custom dress-up on the Fiesta includes a new Portable Trim red leather upholstery, a pair of Bride Vios III racing bucket seats, and a state-of-the-art audio system that features an MB Quart Onyx Series speaker and amplifiers.

On the performance side, Aaron Vaccar and his people also addressed some modifications to the Fiesta with the installation of several new components, including a new Weapon-R Secret Weapon air intake and a Wilwood Dynapro six-piston brake kit, among other things.

Wherever your tastes lie as far as this Fiesta is concerned, you can’t and won’t be able to deny the fact that Aaron Vaccar did a fantastic job on the car. We certainly attest to that.

The Ford Fiesta has turned out to be a very good addition to the US market, with many people showing great interest in the hatchback in a very short amount of time. Ford is now reaping in those growing sales numbers and to keep the momentum going, a number of tuners will be showcasing the Fiesta at the 2011 SEMA Auto Show. One of those tuners is M2-Motoring.

The new program for the Ford Fiesta combines form and function by adding an Injen Technologies cold-air intake system and a DC Sports cat-back exhaust. The chassis has been upgraded with a Wilwood big brake kit and Megan Racing coilovers. The most impressive feature, and surely the most noticeable at first glance, is the candy purple paint finish by Status Motorsports. That paint is also joined by a 3dCarbon body kit and upper roof spoiler. The interior is then treated to an upgraded Jensen Mobile Audio Power sound system and Audiovox flip-down touch-screen monitors.

Next to the Focus ST , Ford also unveiled the Fiesta ST at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The Fiesta ST is a concept car that features bold and dynamic exterior styling inspired by the Fiesta RS WRC and a driver-oriented interior. The concept also hints at what a future Fiesta ST performance model could look like.

The Fiesta ST concept continues a tradition started 35 years ago with models like the Fiesta XR2 and XR2i, Fiesta RS1800, and RS Turbo. Under the hood, the concept gets a 1.6-liter Ford EcoBoost engine that delivers a total of180 HP.

"The Fiesta has a rich history of high-performance models so a new ST performance model is a logical next step in our performance vehicle strategy for our global small cars," said Derrick Kuzak, Ford group vice president, Global Product Devel Devel opment. "The Fiesta ST Concept continues that tradition by showing how a global performance version of our best-selling B-car can be both technically advanced and dramatically styled."

Hit the jump to read more about the Ford Fiesta ST Concept.

It was only a few days ago that we brought you spy shots of the Fiesta-based Ford B-Max , but apparently that won’t be the only model using the small hatchback’s platform. New spy shots reveal that Ford is also preparing a new baby Kuga which we expect will debut late next year.

The yet-unnamed baby Kuga will be placed below the current Kuga and will be offered with the same engines and gearboxes found in the Fiesta line-up. However, there may be a more powerful version offered to compensate for the higher weight of the SUV or a more powerful engine for the optional four-wheel-drive version.

The baby Kuga’s main target market will be Europe where it will take on models like the MINI Countryman , but judging from the fact that this test model was caught testing at the top of Pikes Peak, it may also be available in the US.

Every year, the collective wait surrounding the release of Ken Block’s Gymkhana video seems to grow by the load and it shouldn’t come as a surprise that a lot of fans have waited in earnest for the release of the fourth installment of Gymkhana. So now that it’s out, it’s time to sit back, relax, and marvel at Block’s expertise in theatrical hooning.

Similar to Block’s Gymkhana TWO: The Infomercial, Gymkhana 4: The Hollywood Megamercial shows the man himself performing a seven-minute hoon-a-thon inside the lot of Universal Studios Hollywood. The whole production set-up is amazingly executed by director Ben Conrad with an ode to Hollywood-style film-making that involves plenty of pyrotechnics, gorilla stunts, explosives, and lots of tire-burning hooning action.

Block’s newly-launched Ford Fiesta H.F.H.V is the other star of the show as it blasts through a number of film sets belonging to some of the most iconic Hollywood blockbusters of all time. Heck, even the infamous mechanical shark from Jaws makes an appearance in the video.

For his part, Block wanted to set a higher bar for the Gymkhana film and found the perfect partner, Universal Studios, to stage his epic hoon-ness.
"We opted to go over the top on FOUR with a big Hollywood production and Universal Studios provided the perfect place for it," he said. "

The backlots provided real life obstacles, plus an extremely varied collection of settings all just minutes from each other. Without question, Gymkhana FOUR is the most ridiculous film we’ve done yet, but it’s also packed with some of the hardest and most dangerous driving I have done in these films.”

So without further ado, ladies and gentlemen; get ready for Gymkhana 4: The Hollywood Megamercial!

Ford is celebrating its 100th anniversary in Britain with the unveiling of a special edition Fiesta Centura. The model will be offered exclusively in black and pays tribute to the first Ford vehicles to be manufactured in the UK, the Model T in 1911. The model will be limited to only 1,000 units and will be priced from £13,395 ($21,900) for the three-door version and £13,995 ($22,900) for the five-door.

The new Fiesta Centura will be distinguished by a metallic Panther Black paint, chrome mirror and door caps, LED daylight running lights, 16-inch seven-spoke alloy wheels, automatic headlamps and windscreen wipers, reverse parking sensors, and a parking camera mounted in the rear view mirror.

Anthony Ireson, marketing director, Ford of Britain, said: "Fiesta has been a UK favourite its entire lifetime and it was a natural choice to use this great icon to help mark our centenary. With a unique specification and affordable price, the Centura will appeal to thousands of customers, and we anticipate strong demand – who knows it might even become a collector’s car one day!"

Over the years, Ken Block has treated us to a wide variety of high-octane racing action, having competed in plenty of racing disciplines that has earned him the title as one of the most versatile racers in the world today.

Having had experience with the WRC , Rallycross , and Gymkhana , Block has likewise driven plenty of race cars, each unique to its own depending on the where he is racing at a particular time.

But all that’s about to change with the introduction of the new Ford Fiesta RS WRC HFHV. If you don’t know, ’HFHV’ stands for ’Hybrid Function Hoon Vehicle’, which pretty much explains what the car is all about. It’s a modified Ford Fiesta that has been tweaked and reconfigured in such a way that it fits right in on all three racing items Block competes in.

At the heart of this versatile machine is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder Ford EcoBoost engine that produces 600 horsepower and 665 lb/ft of torque mated to a six-speed sequential manual gearbox. Anytime Block and his team need to change the specs of the car, they only need to add and subtract a few elements of the car.

Read more about this versatile vehicle after the jump.

At this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed , Ken Block was presented with two racing cars: the Gymkhana Three Ford Fiesta and the current Ford Fiesta RS WRC car . Defending the "hooning title" he won in 2010, Block spent the entire weekend sideways or in circles on Goodwood’s hillclimb and rally stages. This video was then released so we could all partake in the mad skills Block illustrated.

The Gymkhana Three Fiesta is powered by a boosted 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that delivers an impressive 850 HP (de-tuned to a total of 650 HP in the name of tractability) and 660 pound-feet of torque. With this amount of power under the hood, the Fiesta will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 2 seconds, providing the very reason why Block felt it necessary to have at it during the festival. Enjoy!


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