Le Mans: GT Class
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Houston (Pearland), TX
Drove the Fiesta ST and Focus ST this weekend at a practice. The FoST...WOW!!! Amazing car. All the fun I remember of the original ITR in a better package. This is THE BEST FWD car ever built out of the box for the USA market. Hands down. Rotates like the Mini, brakes like an S2000, power like a WRX and just...WOW.
I want one.
Fiesta ST. Also VERY fun. The FiST is a neat car and is like a 90% FoST. It feels cheaper and has less power and shorter gearing (mini cooper short 2nd gear). So it's slower. I'd say about 0.7 slower than the Focus. LSD action not as good and not as eager to rotate. Also with 23" tall 205/40-17s on it I'd say a 24" tall tire would help a LOT. Gearing being the #1 thing to benefit. This is the new HS car to beat.
And the MS3 is crap. Handles like crap, power delivery is crap, makes noises, pops out of 2nd gear a LOT. Yeah...I'm done. The mazda3 is a great little car but overall I've been very disappointed with the MS3. I thought the gen 2 would be a better car but it's the same old disappointing heavy pig the gen 1 was. Time to ditch it.
08 Mazda 3s Sport - new STF car (sponsored by BC Racing NA and BFG)
92 Miata - SSM light project
(formerly 2011 STF Mini Cooper)