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Ford Focus RS MK3 Tuning Packages.

Surely the hot hatch of 2016? The Ford Focus RS MK 3 with its 2.3 litre Ecoboost engine is the fastest and most capable Ford RS to date.

Its twin scroll turbocharger gives a strong, linear, almost normally aspirated feeling power curve and is a great example of how things have moved on with turbocharged 4 cylinder engines, but as with most production cars, it feels a little "soft" out of the box.

Focus Rs MK3 Tuning

Never fear - As always, we have the solutions...

We have our own in house Focus RS MK3, and we already had access to the ecu calibration long before ours arrived as some of our installers also have the cars personally. This allowed us to get underway with dyno and track development of the vehicles using our trusted tuning network. The PCM is the Bosch MED17 which we have many years of experience with over various platforms, and its strategy is also very similar in architecture to the Mustang Ecoboost which we have already been calibrating for some time.

As a result, we were one of the first companies to offer conversions for this awesome car and we have three fully developed and tested packages on offer, up to and including 400PS.

From the 380 package upwards the car really does come to life! The MK3 Focus RS is excellent with 520NM of torque and 360PS, but its simply incredible with 550NM and 380 - 400PS.

MSD360 Package (Up to 360PS)
This package lifts the power restrictions from within the ECU and enhances the power output very mildy to 520NM and 360PS thus avoiding putting any undue strain at all on the powertrain.

The factory rev limiter is retained, as are all the temperature protection features carefully programmed in by Ford, such as power limiting if coolant, oil, exhaust or charge temperatures get high. The ECU will actively lower your available throttle opening and boost pressures as well as add fuel to cool things down until such time as the temperatures are back within safety parameters. Some tuners remove all this to achieve their power - Take care out there.

The package includes the supply and fitment of:

  • Evolution Chips MSD360 ECU calibration
  • Full Engine Management Diagnostics Check

Options Available:

  • Decat MIL Eliminated (For vehicle with a De-Cat fitted)
  • Launch Control RPM setpoint options of 4000 / 4500 / 5000 rpm
  • Stop / Start disable
  • Eco shift light disable

 

Total cost including labour and vat = £299.00**

Dyno runs and graphs of power and torque along with AFR and Boost levels are available at an additional cost. Please see our dyno section for more details.

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This conversion is available via our "E-Flash" system for an additional £180. Please see our E-Flash page for more details.

MSD380 Package (up to 380PS)
This package lifts the power restrictions from within the ECU and further enhances the power output to 550NM and 380PS.

The factory rev limiter is retained, as are all the temperature protection features carefully programmed in by Ford, such as power limiting if coolant, oil, exhaust or charge temperatures get high. The ECU will actively lower your available throttle opening and boost pressures as well as add fuel to cool things down until such time as the temperatures are back within safety parameters. Some tuners remove all this to achieve their power - Take care out there.

The package includes the supply and fitment of:

  • Evolution Chips MSD380 ECU calibration
  • Full Engine Management Diagnostics Check

Options Available:

  • Decat MIL Eliminated (For vehicle with a De-Cat fitted)
  • Launch Control RPM setpoint options of 4000 / 4500 / 5000 rpm
  • Stop / Start disable
  • Eco shift light disable

 

Total cost including labour and vat = £399.00**

Dyno runs and graphs of power and torque along with AFR and Boost levels are available at an additional cost. Please see our dyno section for more details.

**
This conversion is available via our "E-Flash" system for an additional £180. Please see our E-Flash page for more details.

MSD400 Package (up to 400PS)
This package increases the top end power of the 380 conversion, retaining the same 550NM but extends the power up the rev range to 400PS.

The factory rev limiter is retained, as are all the temperature protection features carefully programmed in by Ford, such as power limiting if coolant, oil, exhaust or charge temperatures get high. The ECU will actively lower your available throttle opening and boost pressures as well as add fuel to cool things down until such time as the temperatures are back within safety parameters. Some tuners remove all this to achieve their power - Take care out there.

The package includes the supply and fitment of:

  • Evolution Chips MSD400 ECU calibration
  • Full Engine Management Diagnostics Check

Options Available:

  • Decat MIL Eliminated (For vehicle with a De-Cat fitted)
  • Launch Control RPM setpoint options of 4000 / 4500 / 5000 rpm
  • Stop / Start disable
  • Eco shift light disable

 

Total cost including labour and vat = £499.00

Dyno runs and graphs of power and torque along with AFR and Boost levels are available at an additional cost. Please see our dyno section for more details.

 

** NOTE:**
This conversion is only available in house.

 

Mk3 Focus RS on the dyno

The Focus RS MK3 has a proactive stability system that actively predicts traction levels required and can turn on and off the rear axle, as well as move power around each corner inddependently in order to provide the required level of traction. This level of intelligence adds a curveball for tuning on a dyno as the system doesnt really like fixed or independant axle dynos and starts to actively shift power around the axles after peak torque, resulting in an unstable graph and often, less power available. So whilst it runs perfectly safely, the power readings will often come out wrong.

Thankfully, Ford engineers incorporated a dyno mode which disables the rear axle and lets us run in full time FWD and produces perfect graphs.

This is a video of one of the MK3 Focus RS's we have been using for development, running in 4wd mode.

The vehicle records around the manufacturers quoted torque figure but falls a little shy of factory power, you can see how at high RPM the graph starts to get wavey as the ECU intervenes because its sensing vehicle instability. We are working closely with Dyno Dynamics on a solution though.

This is a vehicle tuned with our 400PS conversion runing in FWD mode.

As you can see, it recorded both standard power and tuned power pretty accurately in FWD mode.

 

Book some more power for your Focus RS today on 01253 508400