From £31,385
Tuning company makes the fastest Ford go even faster
Matt Prior
15 December 2009

What is it?

Depending on your outlook, it’s a way to either a) liberate the potential of or b) ruin a perfectly good Ford Focus RS.

The GGR370FR is an aftermarket kit for the Focus by Graham Goode Racing, which takes its power to 368bhp and torque to 339lb ft.

The modifications are all to the engine and, at over £4000 fitted, they’re expensive but they do run deep. The air inlet is upgraded (to twice its original size), as are the intercooler, some hoses and turbo pipes and the front section of the exhaust. Boost levels are allowed to run a wee bit higher, the ECU has been remapped and, crucially, the fuel injectors are new – they can inject up to 25 per cent more fuel than the standard car’s.

GGR also offers a brake upgrade, available separately at around £2300, which comprises AP Racing callipers and discs.

What’s it like?

Faster. To put it in perspective, the GGR Focus makes only seven fewer horsepower than a Ferrari F355.

GGR doesn’t quote a revised 0-60mph time, but the regular Focus RS’s 5.7sec is limited as much by traction as it is by power and the same still applies – especially in the conditions in which we drove the car. If it’s at all slippery, you’re looking at a car that can spin its wheels in the middle of third gear.

It’s a pleasing power delivery, though. Because it’s allowed to breathe more easily, the GGR RS’s engine has, if anything, a smoother, more predictable response than the standard car has. Power builds quickly but linearly. The response is such that, at four- or five-tenths, I found it easier to drive smoothly than the regular car.

If you’re going flat out, the regular car again becomes the easier one to drive quickly. With the power hike, torque steer on the GGR has inevitably increased and, on bumpy roads, it struggles to transmit all its power, tugging the wheel right and left as the limited-slip differential apportions torque between the wheels.

The GGR kit, then, is a modification which reveals its best on smoother roads and at higher speeds, where it troubles the front wheels less and where the fat slug of wallop makes itself a remarkably charming companion. It gets going sooner and keeps going for longer than the regular RS, so overtakes are a doddle and you find yourself swapping cogs in the ‘box less frequently.


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Otherwise the RS is the same as usual: firm ride, superbly adjustable handling and enough grip to cock an inside wheel in the air even in the damp. The AP Racing brakes are unimpeachable, but the standard ones would’ve been untroubled in the conditions we tried the car too.

Should I buy one?

It still depends on your outlook.

If you’re not into modified cars, that this one invalidates the Ford warranty (a one-year/30,000 mile warranty comes with the conversion) and adds more than £4000 to the Focus’s price are virtues that are unlikely to win you over.

If, however, you like a spot of unique fast Ford action, the GGR modifications feel thoroughly developed and well sorted, and make more special what is already one of the fastest point-to-point cars on the road.

Lord only knows what it’ll do to the Focus’s already prodigious appetite for tyres, though.

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16 December 2009

Nearly 370bhp through a front wheel drive hatchback. That's crazy. Really crazy. Anyone remember the hot Alfa 147 that tore itself to pieces with... 240bhp? I don't see why a hot hatch needs more than 220bhp anyway. It should be small and light enough that you don't completely overwhelm the front wheels.

16 December 2009

Is the ECU programmed to limit torque in 1st & 2nd gears? If not, the extra oomph could shorten the life of driveshafts, clutches & gearboxes.

16 December 2009

An intelligent tuning company for an intelligent customer would offer a £6k package that provides a programme of weight saving. This solution also negates the need for uprated brakes.

16 December 2009

Maybe the brakes are deemed up to the job or it was over endowed in that department in the first place, regards power,it should've been 4WD in the first place, revo nuckle was just a cost cutting idea in the first place because it obviously doesn't solve torque steer completely, and also if it can't handle what it's got standard, what's the point in adding more power to an already wild child?, plus, this drive thru fitting!, how does that work?, anyone of any ability or money could have it done,there should be some responsibility put on the company on who they sell these kind of products too, afterall you do get some eighteen year olds with the cash to purchase cars like this.

16 December 2009

the standard focus rs is stunningly good. However this new package is somehow missing the point of "a hot hatch", a proper hot hatch should be light, nippy,gippy,should look good, desently powered and puts a smile on your face ever time u drive it!

plus it should be cheap to buy for "ordinly people" but the focus is nearly £30,000!

16 December 2009

Well I think you could look at this, as a "value for money" Ford Supercar rival in the form of a useable hot hatch, at £31k you are getting one of the most exciting and useable point to point machines on the planet...

This and the Mugen Civic will be formidable pieces of kit around any track or road, and I look forward to the forthcoming roadtests/videos...

The car certainly has "Supercar" presence and being narrower would be more than likely just as effective on real roads, for a quarter of the outlay.

Had the fortune of being taken to Goodwood in a Alfa 147GTA, and I can tell you that car was considerably more impressive/alluring than its rather soul-less Audi S3 replacement!

16 December 2009

[quote Wanger]Ford Supercar rival[/quote]

Thats a bit much, it struggles to compete with cheaper mass produced hatches.

16 December 2009

re: beachland2

If you are going to quote someone, put it into the context of how it was used!

Or are you some cynical old hack?

I was pointing out the RS`s real world pace for roads in the UK.

Do you actually live in the UK? ( if you do, then you would realise what I am hinting at!)

16 December 2009

Couldn't agree more - have thought this for a long time - these cars are too big, too powerful, too thirsty, too fast to have 'fun' in.

I never had one or have even driven one, but I bet a 205 GTi was and would still feel great - every bit as much fun as some (whatever) 1000hp Focus.

17 December 2009

at least its green. maybe if they spent the money fitting a 4wd system.


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