Thursday, February 25, 2010

Cool Web Site:

lanemeyer14's modified Festiva - Subcompact Culture
While taking my daily hourly browse through craigslist for potential project vehicles, I ran across a Ford Festiva with a Mazda engine swapped into it. I didn't know people did stuff to Festivas.

A quick search for Festiva enthusiast forums yielded I registered for the forum and found nearly 6,500 Festiva fans. It's a very active site, too. I had no idea there were that many Festiva enthusiasts out there.

It turns out you can do some pretty sweet things to the little Kia-built, Mazda-powered, Ford-badged subcompacts. The Mazda powertrain is a big deal: You can easily swap in much more powerful Mazda engines to replace the car's original1.3-liter eight-valve "B3" engine. The 1.8-liter, 16V DOHC Mazda BP—found in the Ford Escort GT, for example—made 127 hp stock. Put that in a car which originally came with 63 hp and that weighs 1,713 lbs., and you've got yourself a "Fastiva."

LINK (registration required)


festiva_tunner said...

There are a variety of motor swaps we stick in these little cars - Mostly Mazda familia but some others have gone outside and put in Honda, and Ford Sho motors. Alot of guys run them at the drags - where they compete with decked out evo's and actually by fullsized car lengths. The guys that AutoX love them because you can make them turn on a dime - the short wheel base helps this. The biggest challenge and perhaps the biggest thrill of the little cars is the lack of aftermarket support. Its always a search for what parts off other cars will work on ours - weather its body kit, lights, motors, transmission, interiors, and anything else we can bolt on to make it look better, preform better, or feel better.

Hotfordcat said...

Props to Tunner, he hit the nail on the head. The Festiva is one of the MOST cars I have ever owned. I have two running and two parts cars at this time. One is mostly factory, except for the sport version spoiler I added. The other has the Mazda B6 1.6L swap, and is one of the most fun cars I have ever driven.

JCBGRADY said...

Yes, these cars are simply fun to own. They are cheap to buy and drive, easy to work with and a blast to modify. Swaps include engines, interiors, suspension, brakes and exterior elements. Couple that with a great online community such as and we're talking awesome project car platform!

Damkid said...

What can i say, i'm swapping a KLZE into my festiva :)

Anonymous said...

Where can I buy parts at ?