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
It's Tuesday morning in Hollywood, and so far, I've seen a clutter of Spidermen, a four-foot-tall Captain America, an overly upholstered Wonder Woman, and nearly mown down a man dressed as the devil, sporting noticeably lopsided horns. I, on the other hand, have become the invisible man. I'm slithering through traffic in the brand-new 180bhp Ford Fiesta ST - a car as yet unreleased to the public, and due to go on sale in the USA in five-door form imminently - and not a single person has noted its existence. The little blue hatch might well be wearing a tidy new face with a wide trapezium of a black grille, chunky rear spoiler, twin exhaust pipes and a cheeky set of 17-inch wheels, but it becomes blindingly obvious that a small hot supermini in the USA is the kind of automotive urban camouflage celebrities would pay millions for.