The second generation Ford Fiesta debuted in August 1983 and became the first Fiesta to be available with a diesel engine. This model retains the overall boxy shape of its predecessor but introduces a new interior and several new powertrain options. It remains a modest city car, though, with even the most powerful versions very slow by today’s standards. This is probably one of the main reasons this second-generation Fiesta owner has turned his car into a drag beast.
A new video by Barcroft Cars on Youtube introduced us to Phil from Newbury in England. When he told his friends he was going to build a proper drag racer based on the Fiesta, he was called a fool for considering the idea. This was probably enough for Phil to start working on the project by buying a car for only about $340. Shortly after the start, once the actual mowing begins, he gets a few eyebrows raised from some of the Fiesta purists in the area.
Months of work culminated in the car you can see right now. There’s not much left of the original Fiesta and there’s now a heavily modified 2.0-liter inline-four under the hood that produces an impressive output of 820 horsepower (603 kilowatts). The total build cost is a bit staggering at around $54,000 but keep in mind this is a car that can reach a maximum speed of 159.7 miles per hour (257 kilometers per hour). The fastest Fiesta in the world? Maybe Ken Block won’t agree, but it’s quite possible.
The body of the drag monster is still the original body of the Fiesta and so is the steering wheel. The suspension and almost everything in the engine compartment are new or modified. But what’s the feeling behind the wheel? “My first emotion was relief that I didn’t die on the run,” said Phil. And what is the Fiesta’s best quarter mile time? It currently runs 9.1 seconds and is close enough to become the fastest four-cylinder Ford drag car in the world. A few more months and modifications, Phil hopes, and it will beat the record.