New Ford Fiesta ST Blazes Through Underground Salt Mine in ‘Undertrack’
A performance vehicle’s mettle can be put to the test on a wide variety of surfaces, ranging from smooth track to rugged roads to rocks to sand and so on. One surface you don’t hear about too often is salt, but at an expansive mine set a quarter-mile underground, World Rally Championship driver Elfyn Evans pushed the new Ford Fiesta ST to its limits to impressive result.
“The salt is actually like fine gravel to drive on, quite slippery to be honest, especially on road tires,” said Evans. “You expect it to be claustrophobic, but actually it’s quite the opposite — a great place to really enjoy the new Fiesta ST.”
Evans and the Fiesta ST star in “Undertrack,” the 77-second spot above that sees the hot hatch’s performance prowess tested in the somewhat spooky environs of a 37-mile network of mine tunnels. Looking very much like a setting from Resident Evil 5, the mines amplify the sight and sounds of the Fiesta ST to a degree unlike any of the other settings featured in Ford’s Great European Driving Roads series.
“The drama of the tunnels and the chance to show off Fiesta ST’s ability on a different type of surface were a big part of choosing this unique location,” said Leo Roeks, Ford Performance director. “It wasn’t a typical race track, it was somewhere we could drive this great car to its full potential.”
The location of the mine itself is kept a secret, likely to prevent any performance enthusiasts so inclined to pop down in their Ford Fiesta STs and try to rip off some drifts and donuts. The shoot for “Undertrack” took three days to complete with a skeleton crew and rigorous safety precautions observed.
Given that the new Ford Fiesta ST will not be available in the United States, American performance enthusiasts will have to visit a different kind of salt mine altogether.