A Quick Look At A Fast Fiesta

Gatebil has this peculiar trait of serving you up new and amazing things, just when you think you have seen it all. We arrived on Thursday evening and the whole team spent every minute of the next three days seeking out the best cars for feature shoots. Come Sunday afternoon, I was quite confident that we had seen and photographed everything worth seeing, right until the point where I caught this out of the corner of my eye…

Usually when you see something this wild from a distance, you assume that it’s a) a WRC car or b) an underpowered grocery getter with a WRC bodykit. This was neither, although it was technically closer to the former. I was told that this is an Olsbergs prepared shell (based on a Ford Fiesta WRC), but instead of the expected Ford powerplant and 4WD drivetrain, in its place is a turbocharged Volvo B230 producing close to 500hp, solely to the rear wheels.

The car belongs to Daniel Björk, who won the NEZ Drift Championship last year in an LS1-swapped Volkswagen Golf R32 amidst some seriously tough competition. The attention to detail on this build is astounding.

Take the hydraulic handbrake lever for instance. Asides from being plumbed in to its own dedicated rear brake calipers, it also features an ingenious motorbike style lever which is connected directly to the front brakes, so the front brakes can be modulated under heavy e-braking.

I don’t want to give too much away here as I’m hoping (and praying) to see the car again at Rudskogen next month, where if we’re lucky we can grab a full in-depth feature shoot on the car. Seriously though, Gatebil has kicked my ass once more with no let up in the quality and diversity of metal on display.

Paddy McGrath
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25 comments
revs_konan
revs_konan

Wow, this is amazing! I really hope to see more about this car, because the Ford Fiesta is my dream car, and I have a similar project for it, only more civilized, it will be for road use only! Anyway, great job as always!

Hollagraphik
Hollagraphik

Im sorry, did you say something about a LS1 swapped VW??? More info please!

AndersHaugen
AndersHaugen

Awesome car! Almost reminded me of the crazy ERC-Cars i saw at lånke last weekend but with rwd! The color is from ljungby maskin as mentioned, i have a bilsport magazine featuring the old R32 golf.

PhilippUlrich
PhilippUlrich

Holy awesome. Now THAT's my kind of machine!

Chris 'Haffy' Hafner
Chris 'Haffy' Hafner

I hope there is a video of this in action!! Man this thing looks awesome and 500hp rear drive in something that short wheelbase?! Crazy is an understatement!

DJJAW11
DJJAW11

What the Yellow/Mango Colour, she is in, out of interest ?.

hypodermic
hypodermic

If he is running separate rear calipers for the E brake there should be no need for the lever on the e brake as using the normal foot brake pedal will be un affected by the E brake use and as such will modulate front braking force as required...... 


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