Ford designs 345bhp Fiesta

Unfortunately, the hot hatch concept car is unlikely to be showcased in the UK, but could hint at the possibility of a production hot Fiesta in the future.

Designed to showcase a possible link between Ford Racing and its new EcoBoost petrol engine range, the tuned Fiesta features a standard 2.0-litre engine enlarged to 2.3-litres to maximise performance.

The model, described as ‘unexpected and outrageous’ by Ford, will be displayed at the SEMA (Speciality Equipment Market Association) show in Las Vegas at the start of November.

It features a special Ford Racing exhaust to give a sound more suited to a hot hatch, while more powerful brakes and new valve dampers allow the car to cope with the 345bhp.

Ford has also added 17" alloy wheels and an all-blue paint job to the exterior, and the Fiesta will be painted by an artist at the show before the one-of-a-kind car is auctioned off to support the Juvenile Diabetes Fund (JDBF).

The Ford Fiesta has proved a popular small car in the US despite the tendency towards larger vehicles.

However, the hot hatch version of the Fiesta is designed for a very specific group, according to Mickey Matus, Ford Racing Performance group marketing manager.

"We’re targeting the discriminating performance enthusiast with our message. After all, they are the people others rely on for automotive expertise and recommendations," he said.

Although only speculation, the use of the performance technology could hint at a future hot hatch Ford Fiesta, possibly bearing the RS name seen recently on the Ford Focus RS500.