Little and large: two performance Fords hit LA
Another classic feature from the last 20 years of TG mag: can a 'world car' work for passionate performance sub-brands?
Posted: 18 Oct 2013
TF: Ok, so here's a thing. My day hasn't started well. On the freeway, the Fiesta hasn't stacked up. With firm suspension, lowered 15mm over the standard car, and a shortish wheelbase, the badum-badum rhythmic stride of the Mustang across the roadway's expansion joints becomes a stuttering budda-budda in the ST that makes you fear you've got a flat tyre. And it follows grooves like a slot car. On the better-surfaced bits, it's more confident and settles down to a cruise, but I reckon that the USA won't warm to such nervousness. European roads are better - but it's not a great start.
PD: Patience, Tom. I take your point about the short gait of the Fiesta making the road feel worse, but that stretch of the I10 is famous for its horrible surfacing. No small car can handle it any better than the Fiesta. It's not an ST issue, it's a titchy car issue.