Ha ha, it was a lot of fun...but this week has revealed that fun comes at a fairly significant price.Mark, on all accounts...
...Good effort lol
The thing is, the standard parts from Ford are the cheapest I could find, anywhere...I guess it's all down to the fact that there's a lot of material in them...the 350mm front discs are comically large compared to what I'm used to handling.From Ford though, not surprised on the pricing. Fun comes at a cost. It's how my kids were created.
A wise man once said, there are no pockets in shrouds.
Definitely. It’s certainly marmite.I think every review I've read has given the driving experience of the new CTR a thumbs up, it's just the styling that's a little OTT.
This is what I've read too...it's far sharper and more clinical whereas by comparison the RS is just a bit of a shouty brute.Really enjoy your videos Mark, keep them coming.
Would love to see you drive the new Type R back to back with the RS and offer your thoughts.
Press seem to rate the CTR as the better of the two.
Yes I do and likewise you can have a go in the RS! Let me sort my current s**t out then we must set something up!
Have you tried Matt Lewis for parts?The thing is, the standard parts from Ford are the cheapest I could find, anywhere...I guess it's all down to the fact that there's a lot of material in them...the 350mm front discs are comically large compared to what I'm used to handling.
There's plenty of brake 'upgrades' available, but they're all significantly more expensive, RS 'tax' at play me thinks. If there was an alternative that was a couple hundred £s cheaper I may have given them a punt. As there isn't (that I could find) that's all the motivation I need to keep my car 100% standard and on genuine Ford parts.
Just watched all that. What a great video! A decent comparison, and good to see you still miss the STNow I've finished this one I can finally get on to sorting through my Goodwood footage...until then...
A year on is the Fiesta ST still as good as I remember it to be?
Of course not. They all know not to dis' the gloves.Don't your friends ask why are you wearing oven gloves?
Useful, thank you. Is this for genuine Ford parts?
The fact that I booked directly with Goodwood on a 105db day didn't help the overall costs (although the included amazingly nice lunch and as many pukka double espressos as you can drink eaased the pain a little), nor did almost £200 spent on insurance. The fuel cost was just about double what I've ever experienced before as well. A front set of pads completely worn down in a day is something I'd always factored in on my Fiesta so that's nothing new...it's just that the Ford ones are £165 and EBC yellows on the ST were only £55. Rubber? I think it did incredibly well on them...my estimate of 25% wear was probably a little too much.Graphtastic episode that one
Mental running costs for the day, I’m glad the Mazda doesn’t get through pads etc like that! And glad to see no lasting damage.
I know you’ll prefer the Mk3 to the Mk2, but definitely enjoy that engine
Why OEM pads? Because I'm keeping it standard, always. I will have just as much fun next time out, more in fact, I'll just brake less and slide the car more. The fact that even with those extreme temperatures I still had zero fade says the pads are good enough for me...I just need to give them a little more of a break next time.Why are you using standard road pads? OEM pads aren’t designed for that sort of abuse the Mk3 focus is a heavy car, you should look at moving to a fast road or track pad which can cope with the temperatures. It’s completely up to you what you spend your money on but those tyres and discs didn’t look like they needed changing. The last few cars I’ve had have been heavy cars you just need to teach yourself to do cool down laps or even driving up and down the paddock to cool brakes down.
Exatly right. I just did a bit too much a bit too frequently. As for the brakes, Ford did claim 30 minutes of hard track use without issue was one of their primary design criteria and on that front I think they delivered. That's from cold though...once up to temperature, short of running endurance racing pads I think I could mankle any brake combo wilt in this thing if I just kept going and going without letting them cool.P sure mark knows how to drive on a circuit.
Also, IIRC Ford banged on about how the car could handle 25 mins of solid track use at one go.
I maybe thinking of the diff, but I don't think it's unreasonable to expect a hot hatch to be able to do a few hard laps without disintegrating.. this was just a few too many laps I guess..