Ford reveals 345bhp Fiesta for US tuning show
A 345bhp Ford Racing version of the Fiesta will take centre stage at a major aftermarket tuning show in Las Vegas next month.
The SEMA convention will play host to eight customised Fiesta concepts, but the in-house designed model, which features a heavily modified Ecoboost petrol engine, is likely to be the star of Ford's stand.
While the show car is intended to show American fans how customisable the striking hatchback can be, the idea of a Fiesta with the same power as a Focus RS500 is likely to be very appealing to the brand's European fanatics.
As well as the 2.3-litre engine (bored out from standard 2.0-litre lump) the one-off model is the recipient of a number of specialist Ford Racing parts, including a short-throw gear lever, Brembo brakes, sports exhaust, rear wing, 17-inch alloys and Ohlins dampers.
"The goal of our 350-horsepower Fiesta is really twofold – first to reinforce Fiesta's fun-to-drive nature with an extreme version that captures the attention of the influential enthusiast, and second, to introduce the Ford Racing/EcoBoost connection in a way that's unexpected and outrageous," said Mickey Matus, Ford Racing Performance group marketing manager.
As well as Ford's own interpretation of a customised Fiesta, there will be efforts by other private companies showcasing various alternate performance parts, and even lifestyle options such as an integrated iPad command centre.