AET MO­TOR­SPORT UN­LEASH FI­ESTA AT THE NÜRBURGRING

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As the ul­ti­mate show­case of real-world cor­ners, cam­bers and crests tack­led at race-track speeds, the Nürburgring Norschleife al­ways has the ca­pac­ity to amaze. And step­ping into this iconic arena we find AET Mo­tor­sport, fast Ford tun­ing spe­cial­ists who have put to­gether one hell of a Fi­esta. Tak­ing a 2015 Fi­esta ST as a base, they’ve up­graded it with their own pro­pri­etary VT330R hy­brid turbo, a VUDU down­pipe, ITG in­duc­tion kit, Airtec Stage 3 in­ter­cooler, Co­bra Sport ex­haust, VUDU rear en­gine mount, and a Tur­bosmart re­circ valve – all of which fur­nishes it with a mighty 330bhp. In or­der to help de­ploy all of this star­tling thrust, the chas­sis and driv­e­train have been up­graded with a VUDU up­per strut brace, TAROX 6-pot brake kit with 2-piece discs, VUDU short-shift, ad­justable KW coilovers, Sum­mit front and rear lower strut braces, a Kaaz LSD and a short fi­nal drive. With all of these top-flight up­grades work­ing in har­mony, the 330bhp ST was able to clock up a Nord­schleife lap time of 8m15s – to put that in con­text, it’s only two sec­onds slower than the 507bhp Mercedes C63 AMG!

The suite of AET up­grades, if all bought to­gether, adds up to £10,378, while a good used ST of this age can be found for around £10k – mean­ing that you can worry supercars around the ’Ring in a £20k build. Supercars? Yes, AET Mo­tor­sport are con­fi­dent of that: “We’re tak­ing the car back to the Nürburgring,” says com­pany di­rec­tor Nick Cook, who read­ily ad­mits that this timed lap was his first ever time driv­ing the fa­mous cir­cuit. “I hon­estly be­lieve we can eas­ily knock 30 sec­onds off our time, which would see us con­tend­ing with the Pa­gani Zonda S, Audi R8 5.2 quat­tro and the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG.” Which makes an ex­cel­lent pub boast for a Fi­esta, doesn’t it?

Head to www.fast­ford­mag.co.uk to see a video of the ST in ac­tion.

This feisty Fi­esta can lap the Nürburgring in su­per­car-wor­ry­ing times Nick and AET are plan­ning to re­turn to the 'Ring soon, where they hope to knock as much as 30-sec­onds of that im­pres­sive lap time

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