Fusing a show-car end with useable horsepower, Steven Howells’s tuned Mk7 Fiesta ST blends kind with perform.
Characteristic from Quick Ford. Phrases: Dan Bevis. Images: Ade Brannan.
Automobiles, it goes with out saying, are for driving. Positive, there’s so much to be mentioned for the low-and-lazy cruise to let everybody see the hassle you’ve put into your pleasure and pleasure. And, after all, we’re very a lot on board with the present scene, displaying these intricate particulars that fill the one that you love construct.
However for the sheer visceral thrill of human being and inside combustion in good concord, all you want is one good street and a bit of time to take pleasure in it.
It doesn’t actually matter what you drive – if you happen to set your alarm for 5am and head out onto your favorite roads whereas nobody’s round, dominating each apex because the solar comes up in your mirrors, you’re going to have enjoyable in something. Nevertheless it actually amps up the expertise if you happen to’ve bought the proper automobile, doesn’t it?
There have been numerous vehicles through the years that may be thought of good drivers’ automobiles, however the Mk7 Fiesta ST is genuinely one of many licensed all-time greats. Throughout its time in manufacturing, it gained just about each accolade going.
And, as everyone knows, it’s a fairly damned tuneable automobile. Excellent in inventory kind, sure, however there’s a lot potential inside the Mk7 platform. Simply ask Steven Howells, who’s squeezed a stable 320bhp out of his ST and is all the time clamouring for extra.
Steven says, “I selected this automobile as a result of I knew what the Mk7’s potential was when modified. And so they’re a extremely handsome sizzling hatch, aren’t they?”
Yep, no arguments from us on that entrance. And it’s honest to say Steven is aware of his Blue Oval onions, having been eagerly taking part in this sport for a while now. As he explains, “I’ve been modifying automobiles since I had my first Ford again in 2009. Then I purchased a Fiesta ST150 in 2012, and I’ve had a couple of Mk5 Zetec Ss as properly.
“In 2015 I purchased a Focus ST225, and it was after that one which I bought this beautiful instance of an ST180 from Platinum Automobiles in Merthyr Tydfil. The automobile solely had 27k miles on the clock, together with a full service historical past; it was principally commonplace, however with a entrance splitter and lowered on Redline springs.”
When he purchased the Fiesta, Steven wasn’t actually planning on doing very a lot to it when it comes to modifications. Though, to be sincere, if we got a quid for each time a function automobile proprietor prompt that, the complete Quick Ford workplace could be tearing about in shiny new Ford GTs.
“I used to be simply planning to suit an exhaust and a few different bits,” Steven says, fooling exactly nobody, “however six months later I discovered myself operating a full Stage 3 spec, big-brake package, the works.”
Humorous how that occurs, isn’t it? And the height energy determine of 320.4bhp was confirmed on the dyno by James at BD Efficiency in South Wales, a sterling coalescence of Steven’s laborious and tireless efforts.
The perky EcoBoost is now bolstered by the much-celebrated X47R turbo, together with an R-Sport Stage 3 intercooler, VUDU large enhance pipe package, ITG induction, and big-bore Milltek decat exhaust system. Impressively, all of this additional energy is dealt with with aplomb by the usual diff and clutch (exceptional actually, when you think about that it’s as near-as-dammit an 80 per cent energy enhance), though Steven has taken the precaution of becoming a Collins rear gearbox mount.
Naturally, you wouldn’t fairly count on the factory-standard brakes to deal with such an enormous enhance in day-to-day thrust, so that is one space to which Steven has paid specific consideration; on the enterprise finish we discover a brawny Ok-Sport six-pot improve with meaty 304mm discs, whereas the rears have been upgraded to ST170 carriers to permit the fitment of bigger 280mm discs.
Additional chassis enhancements arrived within the type of Summit entrance and rear strut braces, and since our shoot the Redline springs have been ousted in favour of pukka BC Racing coilovers.
Particular point out has to go to the wheel alternative, because the Pumaspeed TrackLite is such an excellent possibility for this platform, it’s a marvel that everybody doesn’t run them – they fill the arches neatly without having for spacers, they’re pleasingly light-weight, they permit loads of clearance for giant brakes, and so they’re nearly absurdly inexpensive. Look fairly spectacular too, don’t they?
This venture is especially near Steven’s coronary heart as he’s crafted a lot of it along with his personal two palms. He explains, “I carried out nearly all of the work myself, aside from becoming the turbo, doing the remap, and putting in the entrance brakes – which was completed by BD Efficiency.”
The dedication to high quality is palpable all through, with Steven selecting confirmed upgrades that complement each other within the pursuit of efficiency. With this in thoughts, he’s targeted extra on the mechanicals than the aesthetics, though that’s to not say he hasn’t paid consideration to the main points.
The proof is correct right here that the Mk7 is such a cohesive piece of design, it takes only a few alternative upgrades to show it into a correct head-turner: Steven’s opted for the entrance, facet and rear splitter kits from Triple R Composites, together with Zunsport grilles and Maxton Design rear diffuser and spoiler lip. These go hand-in-hand with the WRC bonnet vents and customized headlights (full with sequential indicators) to create a extremely quite putting profile.
Steven says, “It will get a whole lot of consideration at reveals. Bada at BMC Auto Perfection retains the paintwork in top-notch situation, following a three-stage paint correction again in August 2019, and has saved it topped up since – so I wish to say an enormous because of Bada for maintaining the paint good; he all the time goes the additional mile when detailing my automobile.”
It truly is the best fusion of kind and performance. Refined however aggressive seems to be with a show-winning end, housing the kind of inconceivable firepower that retains a smile plastered throughout Steven’s face each day.
It’s a real driver’s automobile – constructed for enjoyable and used simply as Ford meant.
Tech Spec: Tuned Mk7 Fiesta ST
1596cc EcoBoost, X47R turbo, Stage 3 software program, R-Sport 3in crossover, R-Sport Stage 3 intercooler, JS Efficiency and Mountune coolant hoses, VUDU large enhance pipe package, ITG induction package, full 3in Milltek de-cat exhaust system, VUDU oil cap, coolant cap and dipstick, chrome underbonnet mirrors, Paintmodz battery cowl, fuse cowl, slam panel and coolant cowl, engine cowl painted blue and carbon-dipped
Unique Fiesta ST IB6 six-speed, manufacturing unit clutch, Collins Efficiency rear gearbox mount
Manufacturing unit Fiesta ST dampers with Redline springs (BC Racing coilovers fitted since photoshoot), Summit entrance and rear strut braces
Entrance: Ok-Sport six-pot callipers with 304x28mm discs; rear: Focus ST170 carriers
to permit for 280mm rear discs, HEL yellow braided traces
Wheels & tyres:
7.5x17in Pumaspeed Tracklite wheels in ET35 offset, 4×108 PCD, with 205/40×17 Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tyres
Maxton Designs rear diffuser and spoiler lip, Triple R Composites entrance, facet and rear splitter package, Zunsport entrance grilles, CEUK spoiler raisers, WRC bonnet vents, customized headlights with sequential indicators, Autobeam rear bulb improve, ST200 rear digital camera, smoothed rear wiper, gloss black fog surrounds and mirror covers, Mountune rear mud flaps
Flat-bottom steering wheel with yellow stitching, Mountune mats and equipment lever gaiter, gloss black gearknob with yellow lettering, yellow heater vent overlays