Regular readers will recall that over the past few months we’ve been tuning the little Fiesta in conjunction with Revo Technik, to show just what the tiny, three-cylinder 1.0-litre EcoBoost is really capable of. I won’t give too much away here, as you can read the full feature in the April 2017 issue…
But I will say the process started with one of Revo’s Stage 1 remaps, which made a phenomenal difference the way the car drives! From there we had our eyes on the Stage 2 upgrade, but that requires the use of performance hardware to replace the restrictive standard components. So last month saw us install an Airtec Stage 2 intercooler, an Auto Specialists induction kit, and a Cobra Sports 200-cell sports cat. With those in place – which did make the car feel a bit faster still, and totally transformed the quite dull and flat exhaust note into a rorty, exciting, and encouraging rasp – we headed back to Revo this month for the Stage 2 software to be installed.
You can read all the details about power and torque figures and so on in the full feature in the April 2017 issue, but let me just tell you that it’s a fantastic upgrade! It produced a whopping 151whp on the dyno (that’s around 178bhp!) and it’s created a real little monster! I always thought the stock 140PS Fiesta was impressive – and for a 993cc three-cylinder it truly was – but since we’ve added the Revo upgrades the standard car all of a sudden feels really pedestrian!
In fact, after having the Stage 1 software installed we went on a test drive on the roads around Revo HQ, and one of their technicians decided it would be a good trick to play on me to switch between the Stage 1 software and standard map while we were driving along – the difference is ridiculous! It’s like someone flicks a switch to give you 50% of the power! And at the same time it’s like they add a couple of seconds delay to the throttle response too! I was very quick (and probably quite impolite!) to tell him to switch it back to Stage 1!
But since adding the performance hardware and the Stage 2 software things have got even better. It’s all quite similar to around 5000rpm, and if you’re not the kind of person who likes to dip into the red on the rev counter then you might not appreciate its full potential. But who drives a small capacity, three-cylinder, turbocharged engine without taking things all the way to the rev limiter? Not me!
And that’s where the Stage 2 really comes alive. It actually makes around 20whp more than the Stage 1 car from around 5000rpm right through to 6500rpm! And that’s exactly where this car is at its most fun!
Revo say that in testing they have proven that a Stage 2 1.0-litre EcoBoost Fiesta is actually faster to 60mph than a standard Fiesta ST. I believe them! It’s a feisty little thing, and because of the short gearing and immediate punch it gives you, you’re not afraid to take on much more powerful machines. Yeah, on a motorway they might pull away from you, but for the sprint between traffic lights and roundabouts this will give them a good run for their money! And it’s a 1.0-litre!
I’m so chuffed with the results of the Stage 2 upgrade I wanted to fit some of Revo’s side stripes to shout about the car’s newfound performance. When speaking to the guys at Revo they explained that they actually produce all their graphics in-house, which lead me to ask if they could therefore produce some one-off ‘Fast Ford’ decals…? Of course they could! So within a few minutes of me emailing them the Fast Ford logo the Fiesta was quickly boasting some sexy new side stripes, complete with Fast Ford and ‘power by Revo’ logos! Just the job to go with the 178bhp the Fiesta now kicks out…!