Having run the Official Mk8 Fiesta ST Owners’ Group for the last few years, Telford-based Taka Inufusa certainly knows a thing or two about the latest Ford Fiesta ST model.
One of the main talking points of this latest-generation version of Ford’s compact pocket rocket is how the brakes can soon start to feel like the weak link of the car, especially when you spend time improving the performance under the bonnet.
Taka’s car has received a raft of engine, chassis and styling upgrades to make it a true super saloon-scarer in its own right (see the car’s full spec list below). Now boasting 258bhp and over 440nm of torque with a ‘Stage 1+’ remap and plenty of choice hardware upgrades, it didn’t take long for the proud owner to realise that a brake upgrade was the essential next step.
He soon opted for one of EBC Brakes Racing’s Apollo Balanced Big Brake Kits. As the name suggests, this package not only supplies EBC’s stunning Apollo-series four-piston calipers, two-piece floating discs and high-performance pads for the front axle, but also includes the components required to fully upgrade the rear axle, providing a ‘balanced’ improvement across the entire vehicle.
It not only improves stopping power but also sheds unsprung weight, further assisting with Taka’s spirited driving activities.
Taka explains below in his own words his experiences with the kit so far.
“With the engine modifications I’ve performed, I didn’t ever feel the need for a bigger car with more power. My Mk8 ST is relentlessly quick on the B-roads with a pace that keeps my friends in check, in the likes of M3s, F-Types and S5s.
“One significant failure of the OEM design from Ford on this car was the lack of braking power. I quickly overheated the discs and pads on track at Ford Fair 2019. The same happened on my 2,000+ mile trip to the Stelvio Pass and back, shortly after Ford Fair (to the point that I had to stop and leave the brakes to cool during the descent of the Stelvio Pass).”
“Once I upgraded to EBC’s 330mm big brake kit, including the braided hoses and Yellowstuff pads, the car stopped like it had hit a brick wall every single time without fail. I loved the quality and finish of the BBK and it certainly looked the part on my modified Mk8.
“The car has now sadly been sold to a new owner, but it’s been a hell of a journey.”
Mk8 Ford Fiesta ST-2 – Spec List
TRS Performance Stage 1+ tune with touchscreen unit
SD primary intake hose
CEUK C-Performance induction kit
Mountune high-flow throttle body
GFB VTA DV
Airtec Motorsport hot-side boost pipe
Scorpion resonated GPF delete
Cobra Sport GPF-back valved exhaust system
Pro Alloy full-height Stage 3 intercooler
Majestic Performance oil catch can kit
Collins Performance torque mount
XXR 527 alloy wheels in custom ‘Ink Spill Purple’ colour
Titan Neo Chrome Anodised wheel nuts
BC Racing BR RA coilovers
SD 20mm spacers (front) and Eibach 15mm spacers (rear)
BAF Motorsport boot K-brace
Likewise ‘The Deathgrip gear knob with ‘The Suzuka’ extension in ‘Sizzurp’ colour
Carbon fibre steering wheel overlay
Pioneer GM-D8701 1600W Class D mono amplifier
Vibe CLLOC-V7 Car 2-channel converter
Kicker Comp C Duel 10″ loaded enclosure and sub box
Vibe 4 AWG amplifier wiring kit
Vibe RAPAWK5M rapid-fit wiring kit
Gyeon Q2 Pure Quartz ceramic coat
CEUK engine dress-up kit in gold
Paintmodz engine dress-up kit in carbon fibre effect
Paintmodz A/C pipe cover in carbon fibre efffect
Paintmodz shark fin aerial
Paintmodz brake reservoir cover in carbon fibre effect
Paintmodz engine cap cover kit in carbon fibre effect
Paintmodz washer bottle bung in carbon fibre effect
Paintmodz custom cap kit/fuse and battery vinyl decal sets in purple
Airtec Motorsport rear diffuser extension
Dark Ice bonnet struts
Rallyflapz mud flaps
Delta Styling Delta S-R Low Line kit
Delta Styling Delta S-R spoiler riser
Maxton Designs V2 spoiler cap
J9 Performance Parts show brace
M-Sport MS-RT front lower grille
ThatFogLightGuy race fog light protector
Heko wind deflectors
TRC V1 headlight brows
Neochrome rocket dust caps
Maxton Designs V2 rear diffuser
Various custom stickers
EBC Brakes Racing 330mm Apollo Balanced Big Brake Kit with Yellowstuff pads