Tuner reveals "ultimate-spec" Focus RS
24 November 2009

The Ford Focus RS has been tuned to 368bhp and 339lb ft of torque by Graham Goode Racing.

That's 68bhp and 14lb ft more than the standard car, at a cost of £3750 plus VAT for the kit, its fitting and a 12-month, 30,000-mile breakdown warranty.

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Graham Goode Racing says it has refined the car to produce "a driveable, reliable, yet stunningly rapid fast road upgrade package".

There are no internal changes to the engine; the modifications comprise a carbonfibre cold air induction system, a large-capacity air-to-air intercooler, large-volume fuel injectors, silicone boost hoses, a large-bore exhaust turbo front pipe and sports catalyst, and an ECU remap.

GGR's technical manager Alastair Mayne said the company deliberately restricted the torque gains to ensure the car remained workable.

"Even with the Revoknuckle front suspension and Quaife differential, gaining sufficient traction can be a problem," he said. "Bearing that in mind, we made a conscious decision to limit the engine's torque, although there is certainly more to come from the motor if we wanted it."

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24 November 2009

Just buy an EVO X and it'll come with the 4WD that this should have, daft.

24 November 2009

Not everybody wants an Evo. Just because the RS has a bit of torque steer doesn't mean it's unenjoyable to drive. The mark 1 focus RS had loads and also tramlined everywhere, but was still great fun to drive. I had one in 2005 and was the most enjoyable car i've ever driven.

I'm sure if you drove one you would get out smiling. Or maybe not...

I love Evo's and the like. Great cars, but it's good that people have choice. The current Evo has frightening real world fuel economy tho for what is a four cyclinder engine.

24 November 2009

Pointless.

24 November 2009

If they avoid increasing the torque in line with the power increase they are just chasing headline figures without adding to usuable performance on the road.

24 November 2009

I can imagine the Ford service manager licking his lips and rubbing his hands together in anticipation with his huge 'Warranty Void' stamp at the ready.

I'll take a rain cheque on this one thanks. [Regular] Focus RS great but maybe the Evo 400 is more sensible cos you get to keep your manufacturer warranty.

24 November 2009

That is an awful lot of money for what seems to be a remap and a bigger intercooler! Surely 20% more flow is within range of the standard injectors anyway, and silicone hoses add no performance but look the part (if you are called Kevin and live in Essex).

24 November 2009

[quote Evo_ermine]Not everybody wants an Evo. Just because the RS has a bit of torque steer doesn't mean it's unenjoyable to drive. The mark 1 focus RS had loads and also tramlined everywhere, but was still great fun to drive. I had one in 2005 and was the most enjoyable car i've ever driven.[/quote]

In a way, you've highlighted my point about this tuning exercise.

I have driven the original Focus RS, and I agree that it was a fantastic if hugely flawed car. It looked purposeful and spare where the Mk2 looks bloated; although the sick-making interior in electric-blue leather is best forgotten.

For sheer fling-around pleasure, the ST170 of that time, although quite slow, was almost equally fun, and where perhaps it could be said that the game has moved on to accommodate a 300bhp front-wheel-drive platform, the laws of physics cannot be bent, and it’s not a matter of opinion that front-wheel-drive chassis operate at their best where not heavily burdened with power.

What you might be overlooking about the original is that it had only 212bhp, close to an ideal limit for front-wheel-drive pocket-rockets, and its performance figures almost matched those of the current RS.

My point is that beyond a certain level, power, and especially torque, that would be easily exploited in RWD or 4WD systems is simply ineffective in a FWD format, and almost all that is gained is loss: loss of grip, loss of composure, loss of traction, loss of efficiency and loss of driveability.

You took the suggestion of an EVO to be absolute, but the implication is that if one wants the power of this aimlessly-tuned and costly RS, it's already achieved in a manufacturer's package that provides the drive-train and chassis necessary to make the power relevant. I didn’t say "Impreza" because I think, without modification, it's sadly compromised and sloppy.

24 November 2009

Lets be honest, this is a pointless exercise, if a 2 litre Mitsubishi engine can knock out 400 bph, the 2.5 litre Volvo unit should be just as capable of producing the same if not more. I am sure there are some tuners already working on an even more powerful version. The last thing the RS needs is more power, it needs 4WD, I just hope Volvo are still going to release a C30R as was originally planned with this engine and 4WD, now that will be a very serious machine, and better dealership experience.

24 November 2009

[quote Autocar]That's 68bhp and 14lb ft more than the standard car, at a cost of £3750 plus VAT for the kit[/quote]

Spend about 10% of that money and you get a phase 1 remap ( 340-350 bhp), keep the standard exhaust and standard intercooler.
- Swap the little inlet hose that comes from the air-box, the original is too weak.
- Remove some floppy plastic behind the grille that reduces intake air-flow at high speeds.
You'll have 3300 more pesos in your wallet and you wont miss those extra 18 bhp.

Lighten the car instead.
Buy a carbon fiber bonnet and some lighter 18" wheels with serious cup tyres.
Throw away all junk including unnecessary speakers.

24 November 2009

[quote jerry99]If they avoid increasing the torque in line with the power increase they are just chasing headline figures without adding to usuable performance on the road.[/quote]

They've deliberately reduced torque to make it more usable on the road. Wheelspin in 3rd gear -abeit being amusing the first couple of times- will obviously makes a car slower over all.

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