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As part of an expanded Global RallyCross (GRC) program, Ford Racing introduced the Fiesta ST GRC in the 2013 season of the GRC Championship and Global X Games events around the same period of the global launch of the updated Fiesta ST road going car.

Developed with collaboration of Swedish-based auto racing team Olsbergs MSE as part of a formal manufacturer partnership, the Ford Fiesta ST GRC runs on an Olsbergs modified 2.0-liter Ford twin-cam Duratech four, capped with its own cylinder head, and features a Magnaflow exhaust and a large Garrett turbo. The result is a vehicle that has approximately 550 bhp and more than 590 lb-ft of torque. OlsbergsMSE was also responsible for the transmission, all-wheel-drive system, gearshift and the hydaulic handbrake. Suspension wise, the shocks are from Öhlins, the springs are from Eibach, the brakes are from Alcon and the 17-inch wheels are Motegis. The revised exterior body panels are from OlsbergsMSE, and are made of Kevlar, and the rear spoiler is made of carbon fiber.

With examples being driven by Tanner Foust, Brain Deegan, Ken Block, Patrik Sandell, and Nelson Piquet Jr, the Ford Fiesta ST GRC saw great success through its racing history. Going into the 2014 season, The Fiesta ST won three driver's championships, three manufacturer's championships, as well as winning nine of the ten scheduled races and claiming 22 of the 30 availible podium spots. As of 2015, the Fiesta ST won 5 consecutive Red Bull Global Rally Cross Championships, as well as 88 podium appearances and 29 wins

Notable competitors included Volkswagen's Polo R, and Subaru's WRX STI GRC. As of 2021, the Fiesta ST GRC has since been retired from rallycross.

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Overview

Originally a high B-class car, the Ford Fiesta ST GRC is now a low Class-S rally car that requires Class-S Blueprints 20 to unlock, and starts at a car level of 26. Oil changes take 1 and a half hours each and cost Credits 250.

Much like the other Global RallyCross Championship vehicles, the Fiesta ST is depicted in-game is an largely unaltered rendition of the real-life 2014 model, like the Volkswagen Beetle GRC, it does not feature any real life liveries to use as decals.

Performance

The Ford Fiesta ST can be argued to be the third best rally car within class-S, behind only the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Z51 and the Porsche 911 SC (although the Fiesta is still very competitive with the latter rally car). The Fiesta ST does not have any outstanding qualities to it apart from being above average in every aspect within the class, and is easier to use the all-in technique with compared to the Volkswagen Beetle GRC. As is usually the case when comparing class-S vehicles to other vehicles within the same archetype, the Fiesta ST is largely overshadowed due to it simply not having the high top speed and overall pace other rally cars can offer.

The Fiesta ST can be upgraded to Level 50 using only its blueprints and class-S tools. There is no level below 50 that is particularly remarkable for the Fiesta, largely due to the fact that it is not useful in any regard at lower ranks. At max rank the all-in nitro speed, while slower than the best rally cars, is decent for class-S. The Fiesta's handling is also quite forgiving and easy to learn. Not much effort is required to initiate drifts and to transition between drifts. The drift radius is also good, being tight enough for the Fiesta ST to exit harsh corners without too much speed loss, although the driver must keep in mind that the Fiesta will tend to counter steer when quickly straightening the wheel. In comparison to the 911 SC, the Fiesta has less top speed and has airspeed lower than the all-in speed, but trades it for better handling and smoother drifting transitions, as well as drift-boosting power. The two rally cars can keep up with each other quite well, sometimes one beating the other based on what the track prefers. As usual, once rally cars outside of class-S are considered, the Fiesta ST is simply outmatched due to a top speed deficiency, especially with the likes of the Ford Focus RS, and the Mini All4Racing X-Raid, which can easily beat the Fiesta ST by seconds per lap.

Speed Modifier Approximation

Modifier: 91.4 %* km/h mph
Real Displayed Real Displayed
No Nitro 253.1 km/h 276.9 km/h 157.3 mph 172.1 mph
Long Nitro level 1 265.1 km/h 290 km/h 164.7 mph 180.2 mph
Long Nitro level 2 267.8 km/h 293 km/h 166.4 mph 182.1 mph
Long Nitro level 3 273.7 km/h 299.4 km/h 170 mph 186 mph
Long Nitro level 4 Extra Tank 276 km/h 302 km/h 171.5 mph 187.7 mph
All-In Nitro 293.4 km/h 321 km/h 182.3 mph 199.5 mph
All-In Nitro Extra Tank 300.7 km/h 329 km/h 186.9 mph 204.4 mph
Max Airspeed 290.7 km/h 318 km/h 180.6 mph 197.6 mph
Max Airspeed Extra Tank 294.3 km/h 322 km/h 182.9 mph 200.1 mph

* when using the Land Rover Defender as 100 % benchmark

While the Fiesta ST doesn't have the best speed modifier within Class-S nor does it have the highest top speeds. The top speed is too low to be competitive with other rally cars, in addition to other archetypes with the exception of buggies (Although the best buggies gain their speeds through their high airspeed capabilities). As per usual for rally cars, Nitro Recharger Nitro Recharger can increase the effectiveness of the all-in technique, allowing quicker times, but Extra Tank Extra Tank is not worthwhile to have due to the long nitro not being as effective as the all-in technique for this car. While its all round performance means the Fiesta isn't unbearable on any track, the best ones are that of which rally cars that have decent handling are preferred, so Coachella Valley and Svalbard are the obvious picks. While ultimately not as good as the dominant archetypes, Detroit can be a relatively fun choice for the Fiesta as the handling allows it to cope with the strange terrain effects on drifting better than other rally cars.

In terms of time-limited events, the Fiesta ST is useless apart from the usual solo challenges, It also is just too slow against the dominant cars in multiplayer so the only real reason for maxing it is purely for progressing through the career races that require the Fiesta to be used in order for all stars to be achieved.

While it may be a fun car to drive, and is quick for its class, there isn't sufficient reason to spend a hefty amount of rank up tools to max out the Fiesta ST. It is also possible to use an under ranked Fiesta to win the career event that requires it, albeit requiring a lot of effort and patience to do so.

Blueprint

No image available Ford Fiesta ST GRC Blueprint – Last checked: Jul 7, 2020
Price: Tokens 412
Rarity: Class S
Vehicle: Ford Fiesta ST GRC (20 to build, 1 to overclock)
Availability: Boxes, Black Market

Career

The Ford Fiesta ST GRC is required for a Stars Star goal in the following career race:

  • Race 291 (Class S, levels 47–50)
    • Recommended level: 48
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