Top Gear‘s pick for the title of 2017 “Track Car of the Year” ought to come as a surprise to absolutely no one. After all, the new, 2017 Ford GT supercar was built for the race track – engineered for the singular purpose of bringing home a 24 Hours of Le Mans win on the 50th anniversary of Ford’s 1966 victory with the GT40. The road car shares the same carbon-fiber tub and body as the race car, and comes with the same integrated roll cage tucked away behind the interior trim, so naturally, it’s just as much of a sensation on a road course as its competition-spec brother.
But that’s not the only Top Gear award that Ford nabbed this year; the all-new, 2018 Ford Fiesta was named “Supermini of the Year” by the British publication. The fresh new seventh-generation model was unveiled a year ago in Germany, with four distinct flavors to choose from: Titanium, ST-Line, Vignale, and Active. Months later, at the Geneva Motor Show, Ford pulled the wraps off a new Ford Fiesta ST, which makes enough power to match the limited-run Mk. 6 ST200 for speed, even with one fewer cylinder and about 100 cc less displacement.
The 2017 Ford GT is in the running for Top Gear‘s “Performance Car of the Year” award, and we think it has a strong chance of bringing home that accolade, as well. “Every single journey reminds you that this is a Le Mans winner with fewer stickers, a better paintjob and a radio,” says Top Gear Editor-In-Chief Charlie Turner.
The Fiesta ST is slated to launch for the European market sometime next year.