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Ford Fiesta

For all of the cute little descriptions attributed to the Ford Fiesta, it’s important to remember that the hatchback has a racing soul hiding underneath its compact appearance. It’s not an accident that guys like Ken Block use the Fiesta for their racing exploits, and now, ahead of the Global Rallycross season, the Fiesta is once again taking center stage as the car-of-choice of Barracuda Racing.

Barracuda Networks, Inc, a leading provider of cloud-connected security and storage solutions, will be making its maiden foray into the world of rallying and it couldn’t have picked a worthier car to compete with than the Fiesta. If anything, it should serve veteran Bryan Herta and rookie driver Austin Dyne as they compete under the Barracuda Racing banner.

In order to compete in Global Rallycross, the team reconfigured the Fiesta to be an all-out powerhouse, tweaking the car’s engine to produce a staggering 600 horsepower, enough to hit 60 mph in just 1.8 seconds. In addition, Barracuda Racing also gave the Fiesta an impressive new livery that features a predominantly black finish with blue and orange trims spread throughout the race car . A huge rear wing spoiler and what looks like a roof exhaust have also been installed, largely attributed to improve the Fiesta’s performance and handling.

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With Gymkhana Six already online for a few months now, drift king Ken Block is gearing up for a full racing season.

His 2014 schedule will include events from the Global RallyCross, World RallyCross and the World Rally Championship and, since a new season requires a new car, the Long Beach-born driver got an updated Ford Fiesta to hoon around the globe.

Although Hoonigan Racing dropped the skateboard- and powerboat-inspired graphics for 2014, the blue and black color scheme that was introduced last year continues to adorn the souped-up Fiesta ST . However, the new livery is as original as it gets, now blending a zebra-like animal pattern and retro 8-bit computer graphics.

Granted, it’s an awkward recipe, but it’s Ken Block we’re talking about here. You won’t see him drifting a dull-liveried car — the 2014 Volkswagen Polo R WRC comes to mind — anytime soon.

"Every year I’m challenged with outdoing my livery from the season before," Block said while taking the wraps off the new race car, and we must admit he succeeded.

Block’s first Global RallyCross Championship appearance in 2014 will take place during the Barbados season opener on May 18th.

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It is officially Valentine’s Day and that means that quite a few of you are planning some great romantic evening with the man or woman of your dreams. Well we hate to burst your bubble, but unless you are dating Elon Musk and he is taking you into space, there are a few cars that will definitely be more exciting than what you have planned tonight.

From supercars to quick convertibles to hot hatches , we have something here that is sure to press your buttons.

We have gathered a list of five cars that are more exciting than your Valentine’s Day plans.

When you get done going through the list, feel free to let us know if we missed your favorite car. If you actually have a Valentine’s Day extravaganza that you thinks beats one of our cars, let us know that too. We will be sure to praise you for coming up with something more amazing than any of us could.

Hit the jump to see what we picked.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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