Adjustable chassis and special optics

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Adjustable chassis and special optics


The special model is not exactly a bargain in terms of price



Ford Fiesta ST Edition (2021)


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Ford Fiesta ST Edition (2021)

Ford does that ST party even sportier, but not with more performance: the brand presents an ST edition of its multi-award-winning compact sports car, which transforms it into a veritable “track tool” for dedicated excursions on closed circuits.

The limited special model developed by Ford Performance rushes even more ambitiously through the curves thanks to a stainless steel coilover suspension with three different driving programs developed on the Nordschleife of the Nürburgring, adjustable in rebound and compression stages. A mechanical locking differential from Quaife for the driven front wheels is also available on request.

The 1.5 liter EcoBoost three-cylinder with 147 kW (200 PS) continues to provide propulsion. It accelerates the Ford Fiesta ST to 100 km / h in 6.5 seconds and enables a top speed of 230 km / h. The Ford Fiesta ST Edition can be ordered now and costs from 32,000 euros.

The exclusively three-door ST Edition comes as standard with pressure-rolled 18-inch alloy wheels in a 10-spoke design, which are around two kilograms lighter than the Ford Fiesta ST. In addition, there is an exclusive paintwork in nitro blue and high-gloss black contrasting body elements.



Ford Fiesta ST Edition (2021)


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Ford Fiesta ST Edition (2021)

In the interior, the ST-Edition sets itself apart with special applications in a carbon-fiber-carbon look, blue decorative stitching and a new Ford Performance sports steering wheel, which enables a direct switch to the “Sport” driving mode via a separate button.

“With the adjustable chassis, the handling properties can now be optimized in a targeted manner”, emphasizes Stefan Münzinger, Manager Ford Performance in Europe. “Compression and rebound as well as the ride heights – and thus the ground clearance – can be set independently of each other. This means that the driving experience can be adapted to individual requirements or the respective purpose. These are very high-quality chassis elements. “

For the development of the ST edition of the Ford Fiesta ST, the experts at Ford Performance have chosen what is probably the most difficult and demanding test track in the world: the Nürburgring Nordschleife. According to Ford, the result is convincing with a very balanced chassis balance and a precisely defined, easily controllable self-steering behavior in the limit range.

In addition, the special model offers the opportunity to individually adapt the handling to your own wishes and external conditions by means of extensive setting options. This is made possible by new double-tube shock absorbers (stainless steel housing): In the pressure stage, the way in which the dampers are compressed on a bump, for example, can be influenced over twelve stages and thus the response of the chassis can be adapted to the respective road quality.



Ford Fiesta ST Edition (2021)


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Ford Fiesta ST Edition (2021)

The rebound, also known as “rebound”, can even be set in 16 levels. It defines the speed and the force with which the dampers return to their starting position. This is important for the contact between the bike and the road.

The adjustable twin-tube shock absorbers develop their full effect in conjunction with shorter sport springs, which further lower the vehicle’s center of gravity. They reduce the ground clearance on the front axle by 15 millimeters and on the rear wheels by ten millimeters – thanks to the exclusive powder coating in Ford Performance blue, they also look great.

The extra light 18-inch aluminum wheels also make an important contribution to the agile responsiveness of the ST Edition chassis. Compared to the standard rims of the Ford Fiesta ST base model, they weigh a good two kilograms less.

With their 10-spoke design, these light alloy wheels offer the same stability as traditional forged wheels, but thanks to their special production process, they use significantly less material. Shortly after the casting process, a rolling process exerts pressure on the inner shell of the rim. The aluminum is stretched and compressed in a targeted manner until it has reached the desired shape.

Buyers of the Ford Fiesta ST Edition can – as part of the optional performance package – use a mechanical front axle limited-slip differential from Quaife. It increases the traction of the driven front wheels, especially when cornering quickly, and works together with Ford’s standard torque vectoring technology.



Ford Fiesta ST Edition (2021)


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Ford Fiesta ST Edition (2021)

The agile chassis characteristics of the Ford Fiesta ST Edition also benefit from special steering knuckles and the correspondingly adapted electro-mechanical EPAS power steering (Electric Power Assisted Steering) with its more direct 12: 1 ratio. The high-performance braking system uses ventilated 278-millimeter discs at the front and solid brake discs with a 253-millimeter diameter for the rear wheels.

Thanks to its independent design elements, the Ford Fiesta ST Edition causes a special stir even when it is stationary. On the one hand, this is due to their exclusive body color, nitro blue. Until now, this color was only available as an option for vehicles from the Special Vehicle family, and in the case of the sporty Ford Fiesta ST edition model, it is deliberately flanked by contrasting accents in high-gloss black.

This applies to the upper grille and the surround of the fog lights as well as to the light alloy wheels and the roof section or the rear spoiler and the rear diffuser element. The exterior mirror trims are also presented in high-gloss black – in the dark they project clearly visible ST logos onto the road as soon as the Ford Fiesta ST Edition is unlocked.

On the other hand, the lower grille and the air inlet for the charge air cooler with their matt black surfaces and the black framed ST logos underline the special status of this ST edition.

Further sporty innovations from Ford:

In the interior, decorative elements with a carbon fiber-carbon finish characterize the design of the instrument panel including the air vents. The start button is framed in bright red. The new Ford Performance sports steering wheel, flattened at the lower edge, as well as the handbrake lever and the gear knob of the manual 6-speed gearbox, has a touch-friendly leather cover with blue stitching.

A design feature that also distinguishes the door panels, the seat belts and the heated Recaro sports seats with their adjustable lumbar supports and the floor mats with the ST logo.

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