Evaluating the 3 modes of ESC/TC in the snow

Discussion in 'Fiesta ST News and Reviews' started by BRGT350, Nov 26, 2013.

  1. BRGT350

    BRGT350 Well-Known Member Staff Member

    Brandon got permission to use a snow/ice covered parking lot to test out the 3 modes of ESC/TC in the ST. This was done with a set of Bridgestone Blizzak WS60 winter tires installed.
    Last edited: Nov 26, 2013
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  3. RodMoe

    RodMoe Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the work looks fun ..
  4. BRGT350

    BRGT350 Well-Known Member Staff Member

    Brandon is pretty sure they are WS60, but I don't have confirmation of that. It is easier to ween somebody from crack than it is to get the ST away from Brandon. He is addicted to this thing.
  5. RodMoe

    RodMoe Well-Known Member

    LOL as he should be that lil boost thingy is addictingly fun to drive... So they gave you the same old Blizzaks I bought cool ...
  6. BRGT350

    BRGT350 Well-Known Member Staff Member

    We only have 2 weeks left with the car, so I want to get some seat time with the snow as well. The program is ending much sooner than we expected. Brandon did say he wishes there was a boost controller to reduce the power in the winter. Even with snow tires, the car just wants to spin the tires. I say awesome :)
  7. RodMoe

    RodMoe Well-Known Member

    Holy Cripes That SOON ... wow bummer for you guys sorry to hear... LOL boost controller only if it goes to 11 then its ok LOL gotta get lighter boot tell him learn to feather that baby ..
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  8. Mikeygti

    Mikeygti Active Member

    So are you and/or Brandon gunna buck-up for your own FiST(s) when its all said and done ?:D
  9. BRGT350

    BRGT350 Well-Known Member Staff Member

    Yeah, I was expecting to have it for all of December. Agree on the feathering of the throttle, but what fun is that? I need to adjust my driving style when I get into the ST since I am used to running my Fiesta with the accelerator pedal mashed to the floor. All the inputs are much more precise in the ST, so it takes a few days to relearn. I can't wait to try it in the snow with the ESC fully off. I haven't had the joy of a car without nannies since 2005. I could turn off the TC in the SVT Focus, but needed to remind myself to do it.
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  10. BRGT350

    BRGT350 Well-Known Member Staff Member

    I am surely getting a ST, just not sure when. It will most likely be late spring/early summer. We bought a new Escape Ti last fall and I wasn't planning on replacing my 2011 Fiesta until 2015. If I could buy the one from the Fiesta Movement, then I will have a ST in a few weeks. Brandon isn't in the market for a new car, so he is keeping his Focus. I was 100% sold on the Fiesta ST after the 20 minute drive in Brazil with a prototype. Convincing my wife that I need to replace my 2011 isn't as easy.
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  11. RodMoe

    RodMoe Well-Known Member

    I hear that .. The way things are going you may want to order one now and it should be here by Spring .. LOL they are slow getting here that's for sure .. well at least here by me ..
  12. Smokin

    Smokin Active Member

    Yeah, hopefully they will make you a great deal on yours. You two have done a great job describing and discussing the FiST and are great ambassadors for Ford...........

    Living with a VW GTI for 40,000 miles and almost three years, I am excited to get into my ST when it arrives. Since only hearing positive comments about the ST I can't wait to compare. The VW doesn't have any turbo lag, torque steer, or general bad habits except for it's bad engine design.
    The interior and ride have always been good. Looking forward to the FiST...
  13. BRGT350

    BRGT350 Well-Known Member Staff Member

    Thanks Smokin, Brandon and I have tried our best to bring the content for the enthusiasts and for those who are actually interested in the car. We surely don't get the thousands and thousands of views the other agents get, but I doubt many have has much knowledge or passion for the Fiesta and the ST. I am looking forward to getting my own ST and start wrenching on it. :)
  14. mcummings182

    mcummings182 Member

    I'm assuming that on snowy days when the roads are bad, it's best to leave it on the standard mode right?
  15. BRGT350

    BRGT350 Well-Known Member Staff Member

    I plan on using the system in full-on for commuting with snow/ice covered roads. For areas that I know are free of traffic and I want to rotate the rear of the car, I will flip it to Sport mode. It allows for a decent amount of sliding. Parking lots and general hooning, the system would be full off. If you get stuck in deep snow, the best would be to go into Sport mode. Brandon did tell me that the full-on mode allows for more wheel spin than my 2011 Fiesta does. No matter what mode you are in, having proper winter tires is a must for cold temps and snow/ice conditions.
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  16. Soundman22

    Soundman22 New Member

    My wife gets the next car, I got the last 4. Then I will be in the market for a Fiesta ST. It is sad to give it up. My ZX3 is fun, but it is no ST.

    That is what I would do, for everyday driving in the snow it works very good and allows you to rotate the car if you need to. What is nice is that you don't have to think about turning something off or hitting a switch. If you find yourself needing to rotate the car, just a quick pull of the hand brake and your done. Many times in the winter you don't have time to turn the system off or on, when you need to do something you need it right now. The standard mode does a great job. Also with snow tires you need some amount of wheel spin for the tires to work, and it lets this happen. Starting out in 2nd gear also helps you get going.
  17. WScottCross

    WScottCross Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the great overview and sharing your extensive Michigan snow experience.
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