There has been some pretty good press on Ford’s new Fiesta that should be coming to our shores soon. Much of it caught my eye because I bought one back in 1978 and had a lot of fun with that version.
Autoweek had a review on the new Fiesta as well, but what really caught my eye was the write up that their Natalie Neff did on being involved in a crash while driving one. Apparently an Oldsmobile Cutlass traveling the opposite way on the highway lost a wheel and it ended up smashing into the Fiesta’s windshield. The impact pulled down the front of the roof and she escaped relatively unscathed.
With the Fiesta traveling at 75 miles per hour and the tire at something equivalent how could that be? The amazing properties of boron steel in the A-pillars is an ultra high strength, low weight steel that has found its way into many new cars. From the photos you can see just how strong it is. This stuff is very impressive. It is also resistant to “Jaws-of Life” cutting tools that rescue teams like to use. I would bet that Natalie is very happy that it was used instead of something that the “jaws” could cut easily.