Walking the Walk

Rob Oldman, the man behind SCC Performance, is proving his company’s skills and talents at making Fords faster with this incredible Championship-winning 400bhp Fiesta ST race car…

Bosses of tuning companies generally fall into two distinct categories: there are the ones who’ve identified a market in which people are keen to spend decent wedges of cash to make their cars go faster and/or look better, and the ones who have an ingrained passion for cars and have found a way to turn their hobby into their job. Thankfully we don’t bump into the cynical first lot all that often (although we could tell you some stories!), and the latter group tends to be the norm. And you’re unlikely to find someone more passionate and enthusiastic about his work than Rob Oldman. He’s the boss of SCC Performance, and this startlingly imposing Mk7 Fiesta ST Time Attack race car acts as a boisterous showcase of SCC’s abilities, while also giving him a handy excuse to thrash the life out of a car built to his own specs on a variety of race tracks. Not a bad old life, is it?


SCC’s ethos has always been to walk the walk; they don’t pay mere lip service to the concept of honing and refining Fords – they know that if you want to retain a competitive advantage, you’ve got to go all-in, to work right at the coal-face. It’s why Rob was one of the first UK customers to take delivery of the new Mk8 Fiesta ST this year, so that SCC could begin developing upgrades for it as soon as possible. And this was equally true when the Mk7 ST came out – as soon as the order books opened, Rob put his name down, and he took delivery of a Spirit Blue ST-2 back in 2013. Impressively, that car is this car, and it’s been on quite a developmental journey… in fact, regular readers may recall that it’s already been featured once in Fast Ford, back in 2014, although it’s safe to say that today’s spec is near-enough unrecognisable from how it was back then. The more Rob drives it on track, the more he finds ways to improve it. And as SCC’s aftermarket catalogue grows, so the ST symbiotically improves.

One of the first moves back in those early days was to drop the boxfresh Fiesta at Revo for a remap, something that Rob was able to enjoy several months before the general public got their hands on it, and with the software alone yielding 215bhp, the SCC team decided to set about fiddling with the hardware too – a Pro Alloy intercooler, a Milltek exhaust, the developmental and experimental upgrades were coming thick and fast, and before long it was running ST Suspensions coilovers, K-Sport brakes, Quaife ATB diff, and most noticeably that TGST wide-arch kit. When the Fiesta buzzed before our lens in late 2014 it was putting out around 275bhp – a tasty figure for a fast-road reworking of a then-new car.


Today, however, the game’s moved on quite a lot. “The Fiesta’s evolved,” Rob grins. “It’s faster, lighter – it’s gone from a road car for occasional track use to a full-on race car!”
He’s not kidding. The number plates have gone, as has most of the interior, and Rob’s now campaigning the car in the Time Attack championship, which is a pretty robust demonstration of SCC’s skills. It’s currently the champion in the Pocket Rocket class, which is a bracket for sub-1750cc entrants – and given that the rules are pretty free and easy about radical engine modifications and competitors have free rein to go nuts, that’s no mean feat. “We’ve taken lots of race wins and lap records,” says Rob, justly proud of the team’s mighty achievements, “and the car gets amazing reactions too – it looks the business, and we’re able to prove what it can do on the race track and get results.”…

TO BE CONTINUED…

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