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Tucci Hot Rods’ Street-Racer Ford Fiesta ST Concept: SEMA 2016

As the 2016 SEMA Show in Las Vegas draws near, we’re learning about all sorts of unique, custom Ford builds that are slated to make an appearance at the event.

The hot hatch pictured above, a 2016 Ford Fiesta ST concept built by Tucci Hot Rods, is (sadly) the only factory-supported Fiesta ST headed for the show of which we’re aware.

For this build, Tucci Hot Rods elected to retain the Fiesta ST’s original 1.6-liter EcoBoost I4 and 6-speed manual, although the engine benefits from a Full-Race turbocharger kit and custom exhaust with Borla muffler. A new ECU tune was installed by way of a Cobb Accessport V3 unit, and a Mountune limited-slip differential doles out torque to the front wheels.

We have no numbers to indicate how much of an impact on performance all that has made, but we’d guess this little Ford Fiesta ST can scoot. Other performance modifications include a JRI coilover suspension, Eibach sway bars, Mountune lower chassis brace, and 6-piston Wilwood calipers to haul everything to a stop. The wheels are 18-inch Forgeline CF1s, made possible a custom 5-lug conversion, and they’re wrapped in Falken RT615K rubber.

But performance isn’t quite everything, and Tucci Hot Rods have managed to put together a Ford Fiesta ST that looks as sharp as it ought to drive. A custom widebody kit enlarges the fender flares dramatically, and the whole body is shod in sparkling, clean Pure White paint from PPG. Altimaker 3D-printed vents are worn on the front fenders.

Inside, this Fiesta ST concept boasts Sparco Pro seats with 6-point harnesses and a TMR roll cage. Equipment from Kicker Audio enhances the music-listening experience, and an advanced, digital Racepak IQ3S dash replaces the original instrument cluster. Quite simply put: Tucci Hot Rods’ custom, 2016 Ford Fiesta ST build is one racy street machine. Or quite possibly, one comfortable track car. It could go either way.

The 2016 SEMA Show is scheduled to take place at the Las Vegas Convention Center from November 1st through the 4th. Stay tuned for more SEMA news.

Aaron Brzozowski is a writer and motoring enthusiast from Detroit with an affinity for '80s German steel. He is not active on the Twitter these days, but you may send him a courier pigeon.

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