Modified Ford Fiesta ST
Paul Cyclone's modified Ford Fiesta
Modified cars should always be built for the sheer hell of it, and for pure personal pleasure. When people set out to build a modified feature car, the harsh reality is that it often fails. We see it loads where someone embarked on a project and got lost along the way, spending far too much money and having to give in and break the car, or worse, ending up with a horrible mish-mash of styles. It’s the harsh reality we often see and hear about. Paul Cyclone set out upon this well trodden path. However, thanks to steely determination and a vision that he wasn’t scared to evolve from, he has succeeded in creating a complete one-off dream.
This happened when his head was well and truly turned by a certain Ford Fiesta Concept: “I’d been saving up hard for a house deposit and left a little aside for something a bit quicker. That Concept totally turned my head though, and I blew my budget. I waited, but then heard it wasn’t coming so I had to build my own,” he says.
Paul is definitely committed: “I went and bought a six-month-old Fiesta ST and only drove it for a week before I got everything started. I wanted to use the very best people in their fields to do the jobs on it; the best engine builder, the best bodyshop and so on. I contacted Ian Howell about building a Duratec turbo engine. It hadn’t been done before as this was back in 2007.” The engine maestro Mr Howell got busy and meticulously built a seriously capable powerplant – one that was able to back up the planned JWRC looks. Paul didn’t cut any corners in the spec for the engine, and with that under control he was soon busy concentrating on sorting out panels for his project’s next planned stay in the bodyshop.
“When I got the JWRC kit, I took it and the car over to Skill Customs and offered it into place. It was a pretty poor fit. I’d only just met Kanon at SKill and he said just trust me, then started to chop my kit up,” says Paul with raised eyebrows. “It was pretty worrying watching someone you had just met start chopping up an expensive bodykit, but I chose them as they are good at what they do. They even made some moulds for me, for when I eventually roll the car,” he jokes.
With the bodywork almost finished, it was time to concentrate on sorting that awesome Duratec turbo
powerplant out. Once again, Paul used the best available and the car was packed off on a trailer to SCS.
“Harvey Gibbs actually mapped the T2 and engine in-car, and on the road. He said it’s fair to say that it’s at least 300bhp. Mapped to 1.3bar,” Paul smiles. Looking through the spec and boost, we’d have to agree that’s a safe, conservative estimate and more than ample for some serious fun and games on the road.
The now running Fiesta was treated to some finishing touches before hitting the streets. This endless path of tweaking sees some highly original and factory-look touches. The rear has to have reflectors, and Paul’s have been crafted into STT badges. The hubs have been adapted and spaced out from the same company that supplies TVR racers and totally fill the humongous arches, with some 8.5×18-inch alloys. The adjustable top mounts and suspension slam was so low that the drop links fouled. So some clever reworking with some links off a Peugeot solved this.
Paul set out to build the car that Ford never did and as a result has created a proper masterpiece..