NZ Performance Car - - 2016 Ford Fiesta Sport - PHO­TOS: ADAM CROY

NZ Per­for­mance Car: Hi, Drew. A Fi­esta isn’t our reg­u­lar cut of cheese; how’d you end up with it?

Drew: Hey, team. This is ac­tu­ally my sec­ond Fi­esta. The first one hit 50,000km, and I de­cided to sell it, so this was the nat­u­ral pro­gres­sion from there. This shape was a brand-new plat­form and en­gine to Ford New Zealand, and I picked it up as an eco­nom­i­cal run­about, which it is far from, now!

Yeah, it doesn’t quite look like your run-of-the-mill Fi­esta!

Nope, it doesn’t. I got quite in­volved with so­cial-me­dia hap­pen­ings and the on­line car com­mu­nity, so went hunt­ing for the fo­rums of­fer­ing sup­port and mods for these ve­hi­cles. They’re all UK based and full of awesome in­for­ma­tion and help­ful peo­ple — which is where I found the RS con­ver­sion. It was hailed as the pin­na­cle of Mk7.5 Fi­esta mod­i­fi­ca­tions and ba­si­cally took the full ex­te­rior look of a Fo­cus RS and put it onto this. It was shipped over and was skil­fully ap­plied by the best in the busi­ness, Grant and Ben at GT Refin­ish­ers. I’ll say it was easy be­cause all I had to do was wait, but I know [that] the kit gave them some com­pli­ca­tions around the fit­ment of the front nose due to the front-mount in­ter­cooler.

And do peo­ple tend to pick what’s go­ing on or is it all con­fu­sion?

No one has a clue, re­ally. They ei­ther as­sume [that] it’s just a Fo­cus RS or stop you to ask, “What on earth is this?” A quick con­ver­sa­tion clears it up, and then they are usu­ally im­pressed by the ef­fort, the noise, and the power [that] the little thing de­liv­ers!

Speaking of power, how does it go for a one-litre three­cylin­der unit?

That is al­ways the sec­ond ques­tion af­ter “What is it?” The mo­tor is a proven pack­age, used through­out rally-prepped Fi­es­tas in the UK and the US. In fact, Ken Block’s wife races com­pet­i­tively in her three-cylin­der EcoBoost Fi­esta R2. So it goes sur­pris­ingly well, and, with the ad­di­tion of the bolt-on mods and the ECU tick­leup cour­tesy of Hans at Alt Tune, it flies. It also cracks, bangs, and chucks you a cheeky flame with its over­run func­tion.

Has the lo­cal Euro-Ford con­tin­gent re­sponded well to it?

The lo­cal Euro-Ford crowd was very quiet un­til I reared my big grey and black RS head, and, to­gether with a few oth­ers, we have formed a pretty strong little group on our own, but while also ter­ror­iz­ing the lo­cal Euro Car Club fo­rums and meets. Per­fect cruiser, Drew. Cheers for the yarn.

THANKS: Sarah, Matt, and Erin from Nitto / Enkei New Zealand; Bren­don at The Sign Stu­dio; Grant and Ben at GT Refin­ish­ers; Mag and Turbo Manukau; An­drew at Scar­les; Ran­dal at Elite Tint; Hans at Alt Tune; Werd Cre­ative; Bent­ley and Daniel Smith EN­GINE: Ford EcoBoost 998cc three-cylin­der turbo, R-Sport front-mount in­ter­cooler, Forge Mo­tor­sport cold-air in­take, cus­tom cat-delete down­pipe, cus­tom twin-exit ex­haust sys­tem, Stage 2+ ECU re­flash with over­run map DRIVELINE: Five-speed man­ual IN­TE­RIOR: Ford Sport EX­TE­RIOR: Max­ton De­sign Fo­cus RS facelift kit, Fo­cus MkIII RS front bumper, Fo­cus MkII RS rear bumper, Max­ton De­sign Gur­ney flap, Max­ton De­sign front split­ter, Max­ton De­sign side split­ters, Ford OEM Fi­esta ST side skirts, Nardo grey wrap WHEELS/TYRES: 17x8-inch Enkei RCT-4, 205/40R17 Nitto Neo Gen SUS­PEN­SION: D2 Gen-2 coilover POWER: 138kW, 230Nm FUEL TYPE: Gull Force 10 TUNER: Hans at Alt Tune

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