Tuner BBR offers a range of performance upgrades to the Ford Focus RS

Ford tuner BBR has announced a series of performance upgrades for the Focus RS that allows the mega hatch to produce 398bhp.

The upgrades, from the company that tuned the Cosworth RS500 engine for the BTCC in the 1980s, come in four different phases and range from remapping the ECU software to new performance parts for the engine. The modifications have taken 18 months to develop.

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The £595 Phase One model includes an ECU remap, improving throttle response and making the turbo's delivery more linear. The remap boosts power to 337bhp over the standard car's 300bhp, while torque is up to 369lb ft from 325lb ft.

The Phase Two package replaces the standard intercooler with one of BBR's own design. A new air filter and inlet hose set are also added, in addition to the phase one upgrades, to boost power to 350bhp and torque to 378lb ft.

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Phase Three upgrades include a new turbo, sports exhaust system and fuel injectors in addition to the previous upgrades to boost power to 377bhp and torque to 388lb ft. The final Phase Four package adds a new high-flow fuel pump and an even more advanced turbocharger to boost power to 398bhp and torque to 408lb ft. This Phase Four upgrade package costs £3895, plus a £595 fitting fee and also includes the previous three upgrade packages.

BBR is also offering changes to the suspension, including new springs and dampers.

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11 August 2010

Much cheering from tyre manufacturers. Any guesses as to the limit tuners will go to put bhp and torque through the front drive Focus?

11 August 2010

Enough already.

11 August 2010

[quote thebaldgit] Any guesses as to the limit tuners will go to put bhp and torque through the front drive Focus?[/quote]

Agree, too much power for FWD. Ford should have made this car 4x4.

Here's to the crazy ones......

11 August 2010

[quote iamthestig]Agree, too much power for FWD. Ford should have made this car 4x4.[/quote] That would account for why everyone who's driven it says it's brilliant, then.

11 August 2010

Hopefully this will put the Focus RS back at the top of peoples shopping lists

I hear after the initial high demand for the RS, now Ford dealers are struggling selling them

strange turnaround? what happened to the demand????

11 August 2010

10 grand for an extra 100bhp???

12 August 2010

Two words...torque steer. That clever diff will definitely be put to the test with these upgrades. The car may actually end up slower than the standard RS, because you can imagine how much money Ford puts to making the handling as good as possible with 300hp, and with a 3rd party tuning company just slapping another 100hp on top is going to be disastrous. Aside from the potentially ruinous understeer issues, you have the issue of price. A standard RS is around £25k, then you've got a £4k performance upgrade plus £600 for fitting knocking the price up to about £31k. Add then the relevant suspension revisions you'll need and you're looking at around £33k for a Ford Focus! On balance, if I had £33k to spend on a practical performance car I'd just buy a used Maserati Quattroporte instead...

b0x

12 August 2010

[quote thebaldgit]

Much cheering from tyre manufacturers. Any guesses as to the limit tuners will go to put bhp and torque through the front drive Focus?

[/quote]

Tyre manufacturers will certainly be rejoicing. The 2010 Sport Auto Ultra High Performance Tyre Test used a Ford Focus RS and certainly chewed up some tyres. Of course, the most expensive tyres were the best (S001 won, Conti 5P placed second) meaning you'd need some seriously deep pockets to run this beat well!

£5 to the first person to see one of these beasts on budget tyres :D

22 September 2010

[quote Autocar]The upgrades ... come in four different phases

boost power to 398bhp and torque to 408lb ft. This Phase Four upgrade package costs £3895, plus a £595 fitting fee and also includes the previous three upgrade packages [/quote]

Ridiculous torque to put through the front wheels, but the upgrade price is good value for money at four and a half grand. A lot of bang for the buck.

22 September 2010

Missed opportunity?, too find a away to fit 4wd?, wouldn't that be more good than shoving more and more BHP through the already over worked front wheels?, at this kind of power and particularily torque in a light-ish car, i'm surprised FORD hadn't looked at this !?.

Peter Cavellini.

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