Tuesday, 23 June 2015

RWD Fiesta Supersport

Words & photos - Daniel Bevis

This little pocket-rocket has been on the scene for some years now, with Ford superhero Chris Todd at the wheel. At twenty paces it simply appears to be a beautifully finished MkI Fiesta Supersport - the 1.3-litre sporting testbed that prepared the UK market for the forthcoming XR2. But almost immediately, little details start to bubble through into your consciousness; that nose-down raked stance, the fact that the rear wheels are much bigger and wider than the fronts... and hang on - it's got wheelie bars on the back! What steaming madness is this?
The answer is that Chris has stuffed a turbo'd Subaru flat-four into the back, driving those vast rear wheels. It's engineered for the strip, and it lays down some pretty devastating times - see here and here, for example. Those wheelie bars are needed to stop the damn thing flipping over. It's utterly, utterly bonkers. And it's also rather wonderful to see something so focused that's also so well finished. This is truly one of the leading lights of the UK classic Ford scene.

Spotted at the 2015 Retro Show - more photos here.

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