The secret of this stuntwoman: her Ford Fiesta ST is a beast
Verena Mei from Greater Seattle, a performance and stunt driver who hosts a show on Twitch.TV playing the video game Forza Horizon, on her 2014 Ford Fiesta ST, as AJ Baime put it.
When I was younger I decided I wanted to learn how to really drive well. I went to acrobatic driving school, rally school and high performance driving school. I started to drive professionally in drift competitions and drag races. In 2012, I won the National Rally America B-Spec Championship with my co-driver (we were the first all-female team to win this title). People ask me all the time: who is your daily driver?
The story begins in 2013. I was competing in a Ford Fiesta rally car, and at that time Ford was releasing a more capable version of the production Fiesta in the United States, called the Fiesta ST (it was already on the market. in Europe).
I knew I wanted to buy a sedan and gave the competition a try. But none compared to the Fiesta ST. The 2014 model year was the first for the Fiesta ST in the United States. There were so few in the country, but I found mine in Illinois. I got on the plane, bought it and brought it home.
The car was still new when a company called Mountune USA came to me asking if they could use my car to test high performance aftermarket parts they were developing for the Fiesta ST. I said yes. Already my Fiesta ST had a lot more power than the Fiesta rally car I had driven. But now the car had custom tuning, sport springs, an even bigger turbo that I could tune, a bigger exhaust and everything in between. It had become a beast, one of a kind. If you didn’t know what this car was and heard it go full blast, you’d think you were watching “The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift” (a movie I appeared in). But it’s not. It’s just a super hot sedan.
Not everyone loves my car as much as I do. Some people don’t like to go up there because it’s so loud and obnoxious. The thing is, you can’t drive this car casually. This is not a Sunday car to take to the grocery store. He wants to go, to go, to go. In addition, I am 5 feet 2 inches tall. I love the way the seat holds me in the corners. But for many other people, the car is too small. For me, he’s my daily pilot, and I love it.
Ford no longer offers this car in the United States, which makes mine all the more special to me. I have driven many new cars from many manufacturers, cars over $ 100,000. But no car makes me feel the same as this one. To me, it feels alive, and it makes me come alive behind the wheel.
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