Last year, I had an overheating issue with the Fiesta ST. The fix was an engine replacement under warranty. Today, I’m out rallycrossing with Detroit Region SCCA at Bundy Hill and having a blast when the temperature gauge pegs itself on “H.” Finished out the day’s runs by blasting the heat in high, which is at least more tolerable now when it’s 45 degrees out and March compared to the 85 degrees last time this happened last year at the end of summer. So yeah, the overheating issue has not been fixed…
What do you do when the skies dump 10 inches of snow on you? You get up early in the morning, travel 1.5 hours past half a dozen cars that have slid off the road to an off road park, and drive your car at the off road park with all your rallycross friends, desperately trying to keep out of the snow banks lest you have to call the pickup truck to tow you out. This was my first time ever at Bundy Hill. I always thought I’d first come here with a Jeep, but I suppose a Fiesta ST works in a pinch under very specific circumstances. Only got four runs today, as most of the RWD and AWD (surprise!) cars kept getting stuck and requiring tows. The only instance where FWD proved to be the snow bank avoidance vehicle of choice, haha. =P
Thanks go to W.T. Kern for taking this picture of me getting very sideways in the Fiesta ST!
It wouldn’t be a John Li car without bumper damage. Nailed a cone trying to stay way inside of a sweeper where there was grip, and drove a bit too inside. As it turns out, whacking a cone sliding sideways at 40 mph when the temperature is in single digits doesn’t do a bumper good.
Then again, I was in a snowy field going sideways at 40 mph. I had my doubts when I left the house and traveled west towards Crystal; the whole drive there, the temperature gauge in the dashboard never topped 3 degrees Fahrenheit. But one I got on site, the sun was out and the wind was nonexistent, making the eight hours of time spent outside pretty tolerable. And the course was long and quick, and I had a complete ball of a time.
And now that the car has been made shitty, it is fit for more rallycrossing…