Motorsport Developments. The Power Tuning Specialists.

Focus RS MK3 Tuning.

Surely the hot hatch of 2016. With its 2.3 litre direct injection Ecoboost engine, this 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. However, as with most production cars, it feels a little "soft" out of the box so we bought one on launch day and set about creating a solution!

Focus Rs MK3 Tuning with COBB

We have multiple MSD power enhancements available...

Having long been fans of the Focus since owning our own Focus RS MK1 over 20 years ago, plus being the first tuner in the world to tune a MK2 Focus RS via the OBD port, we naturally had an order in with Ford to have the MK3 Focus RS delivered to us on launch week!

We had a strategy ready to roll on the dyno in no time because the Focus RS MK3 is controlled by a Bosch PCM we have many years of previous experience with... the MEDG17. This has been fitted to previous Ecoboost vehicles like the Focus ST and Mustangs we had been tuning for years so we were one of the first companies able to offer power upgrades for the MK3 RS platform.

Whilst the car admittedly feels a little flat as standard, it really comes to life from the 380 package upwards as we have tailored the calibration to bring the driving experience to life... it really is awesome to drive with 520Nm of torque and 380PS, and its simply incredible with 580Nm and 420PS. Of course, should you wish to fully forge the engine and add a few extra bolt ons, 700NM+ and 530PS+ makes for a VERY serious road car!

There are two ways to install an MSD Calibration...

Before you choose your power level, there are decisions to be made. You must first of all consider the two different approaches to tuning that we offer on this vehicle. The most cost effective (and more traditional) option is to send the calibration in via the OBD port and all you receive is the data.

The second, more expensive way is to utilise the amazing COBB Accessport. As if owning one of these amazing handsets wasn’t enough, it also unlocks many additional benefits, such as being able to display gauges and its data-logging facilities but also the ability to install and remove the tune yourself at home.

Option 1: (Without COBB Custom features).

An MSD Tune installed directly to the vehicle ECU without buying a COBB Accessport.

This is the traditional way of tuning that most people understand and have had done before. The tune is fully optimised utilising all the features of the vehicles factory ECU firmware and flashed in via OBD as normal. It is a "data only" tune and as such is certainly the most cost effective way to tune the vehicle. This option requires either ourselves or one of our installers have your vehicle in house. This option does NOT add any COBB Custom features such as map switching and flat foot shifting etc.

MSD 380  (540Nm and 380PS)
This calibration works perfectly on a totally standard car and lifts the power restrictions from within the ECU, further enhancing the power output to 540NM and 380PS which really brings the car to life!.

This isn’t just headline power either, flexibility and reliability are our specialty so the ECU's incredible torque model is fully retained ensuring factory driveability with no hesitations, surges or hiccups in the power delivery.

Naturally, as with all MSD power upgrades, all necessary safety limits and protection strategies are re-profiled and enhanced in order to allow the extra performance whilst retaining a strong, O.E Level of engine protection.

Please be aware that power figures don’t tell the whole story with these management systems, making extra power is easy, but many companies completely disable the torque control and most of the protection strategies in order to do so and this can cause driveability and longevity concerns with often massive boost levels required to make the power. Read our comprehensive "Safety" tab for more details.

Additional hardware needed:

  • None.

Optional hardware upgrades:

 

Standard Calibration Features

  • Improved idle stability
  • Factory drive-ability under all conditions.
  • Launch control RPM set-point optimised
  • All engine protections remain in place (See safety tab)

Personalisations Available: (At time of programming)

  • Decat MIL eliminated (For vehicle with a De-Cat fitted)
  • Stop / Start disable.
  • Eco shift light disable.
  • MSDEnhanced "Pops & Burbles" sound and RPM threshold.
  • MSDExtreme "Pops & Burbles" sound available for vehicles with no catalyst.
  • Enable or Disable "Pops & Burbles" in Normal and Sport modes as required.

Total cost installed to the car via OBD including an initial diagnostic session, labour and vat = £399.00

MSD 400 (560Nm and 400PS)
This calibration is designed to work with the factory hardware and a free flowing air filter to help with the extra air flow. This calibration further increases the engines power over our MSD 380, increasing the torque output to 560 NM low down and extending the power higher up the rev range to 400PS.

This isn’t just headline power either, flexibility and reliability are our speciality so the ECU's incredible torque model is fully retained ensuring factory driveability with no hesitations, surges or hiccups in the power delivery.

Naturally, as with all MSD power upgrades, all necessary safety limits and protection strategies are re-profiled and enhanced in order to allow the extra performance whilst retaining a strong, O.E Level of engine protection.

Please be aware that power figures don’t tell the whole story with these management systems, making extra power is easy, but many companies completely disable the torque control and most of the protection strategies in order to do so and this can cause driveability and longevity concerns with often massive boost levels required to make the power. Read our comprehensive "Safety" tab for more details.

Additional hardware needed:

  • None.

Optional hardware upgrades:

 

Standard Calibration Features

  • Improved idle stability
  • Factory drive-ability under all conditions.
  • Launch control RPM set-point optimised
  • All engine protections remain in place (See safety tab)

Personalisations Available: (At time of programming)

  • Decat MIL eliminated (For vehicle with a De-Cat fitted)
  • Stop / Start disable.
  • Eco shift light disable.
  • MSDEnhanced "Pops & Burbles" sound and RPM threshold.
  • MSDExtreme "Pops & Burbles" sound available for vehicles with no catalyst.
  • Enable or Disable "Pops & Burbles" in Normal and Sport modes as required.

Total cost including an initial diagnostic session, labour and vat = £499.00

MSD 420 (580Nm and 420PS)
This is our maximum power output on factory engine internals and further increases the engines torque output to 580 NM and peak power output to 420PS.

This isn’t just headline power either, flexibility and reliability are our speciality so the ECU's incredible torque model is fully retained ensuring factory driveability with no hesitations, surges or hiccups in the power delivery.

Naturally, as with all MSD power upgrades, all necessary safety limits and protection strategies are re-profiled and enhanced in order to allow the extra performance whilst retaining a strong, O.E Level of engine protection.

Please be aware that power figures don’t tell the whole story with these management systems, making extra power is easy, but many companies completely disable the torque control and most of the protection strategies in order to do so and this can cause driveability and longevity concerns with often massive boost levels required to make the power. Read our comprehensive "Safety" tab for more details.

 

Additional hardware needed:

Optional hardware upgrades:

 

Standard Calibration Features

  • Improved idle stability
  • Factory drive-ability under all conditions.
  • Launch control RPM set-point optimised
  • All engine protections remain in place (See safety tab)

Personalisations Available: (At time of programming)

  • Decat MIL eliminated (For vehicle with a De-Cat fitted)
  • Stop / Start disable.
  • Eco shift light disable.
  • MSDEnhanced "Pops & Burbles" sound and RPM threshold.
  • MSDExtreme "Pops & Burbles" sound available for vehicles with no catalyst.
  • Enable or Disable "Pops & Burbles" in Normal and Sport modes as required.

Total cost including an initial diagnostic session, labour and vat = £499.00

A small selection of our best selling Focus RS MK 3 tuning parts
(Click to see them on our webshop)

1 step cooler spark plugs
1 step cooler spark plugs
COBB Air Filter
COBB Air Filter
COBB Redline Carbon Intake Kit
COBB Redline Carbon Intake Kit
Turbosmart Kompact Shortie BOV
Turbosmart Kompact Shortie BOV
COBB Motor Mount
COBB Motor Mount
COBB Shifter Upgrade
COBB Shifter Upgrade
Milltek Catback Resonated Exhaust
Milltek Catback Resonated Exhaust
Milltek Catback Non Resonated Exhaust
Milltek Catback Non Resonated Exhaust
Milltek Large bore downpipe and high flow sports catalyst
Milltek Large bore downpipe and high flow sports catalyst

 

Beware:
All ECU "calibrations" are not created equally...

There are many ways to calibrate a modern vehicles ECU but the sad fact remains that a huge percentage of the tunes we see have had all the safety strategies and drive logic features removed from them. These MEDG17 PCM's have exceptional engine control strategies built into them and these systems are a key reason that as standard, these vehicles drive so amazingly well. Smooth, linear and powerful to the rev limiter. And safe too... the protection strategies are incredibly complex and work alongside a very comprehensive torque model in order to deliver what the driver asks, but keep the engine in one piece should things go wrong.

To recalibrate an MEDG17 PCM properly, from scratch as we do, takes many hundreds of hours of development on our in house dyno. But the results are worthwhile.

Rest assured that when we calibrate a vehicles PCM we retain:

  • Full torque model remains intact. (This is what makes the vehicle drive so well)
  • Low speed pre ignition (LSPI) control. (Read the blog for info)
  • Knock control system is left intact and working (Guards against detonation)
  • Over-boost limits. (Protects against over-boost due to fault)
  • Under-boost limits. (Protects turbo against air leaks)
  • Full Engine speed limits. (Raised if the tune would benefit)
  • Exhaust temp load profiling. (Takes over if EGT exceeds limits)
  • Fuel flow limit air control. (Takes over if you run too lean)
  • Coolant temperature limits. (Never raised)
  • Transmission temperature limits. (Never raised)
  • Gearbox fluid temperature limits. (Never raised)
  • All the ECU Limp home strategies. (These are what get you home!)
  • All of the 300+ fault codes are retained so your ECU can report faults.

The above may look and read like common sense?
You are right... retaining everything above is desirable, but to do so requires an understanding of how these torque modelled systems work so that we can actually "recalibrate" the various sub-systems to work the way we want them to, whilst targeting higher airflow and power levels.

Sadly, because all of the above strategies will, by their very nature, fight our efforts to create extra airflow, many amateurs find ways to just disable the limits, often by "de-calibrating" the system so it will allow extra airflow.

We regularly see calibrations with various anticipation and prediction systems switched off, load limits flat-lined, air load limits totally disabled, fuel flow limits deleted, knock systems de-sensitised, the list goes on, its quite disappointing to see.

How would you know?
That’s a good question, and it depends just how bad they have de-calibrated the system.

Lets face a simple fact here... if you have a vehicle with a virtually standard engine and turbo that drove perfectly well before a re-calibration, extending its headroom wont make it drive or perform worse during normal driving. Why would it? No reason at all. Same engine, same air path, same hardware. So it should drive the same, but be faster at big throttle openings.

 

Now, if they have "only" removed all the safety limits (running more boost than a 3bar map sensor can see for example) then the vehicle will still drive perfectly well if the rest of the system has been recalibrated to properly request the torque the conversion makes. That kind of calibration will just have no safety limits in place should anything go wrong. hopefully it wont, so all is well.


However, if you start to disable the torque targeting system, or make a mess of recalibrating it then you end up with all manner of horrible drive-ability problems. Aggressive throttle, unpredictable or surging power delivery, doesn’t want to just cruise along at a set speed, these are all very common when a confused ECU tries to deliver closed loop airflow control with a broken model.

Some are actually so bad that if you cool the air properly with an uprated intercooler they actually drive worse... We see that on the dyno where some tunes make more power with the cooling fans turned off in our cell, the poor ECU has no clue what to do with the extra air density any more so it closes the throttle if you cool the air!

And if that wasn’t bad enough, some of these de-calibrated strategies are of course firing out fault codes so we see some with all 300+ codes just deleted so the ECU cant report them. This in turn disables all the limp home strategies designed to take control and get you home in the event of component failure.

Sadly, this is the reality of modern tuning... Take care out there!

Further reading:

If this has wet your appetite to know more about how your Ford Ecoboost management strategy in the PCM works, you may well enjoy my series of 3 Blogs about it.

Blog 1 of 4. Understanding Ford Ecoboost Torque Control

(There are more located in our main technical info section with Stus other 70+ magazine articles)

 

Coming Soon...

A MK3 Focus Rs in for recalibration after a forged engine build elsewhere..

Purchasing Options:


This OBD calibration can be purchased via any one of our professional Installers:

Owners looking to have their Focus RS MK3 tuned via the simplest option, an OBD port calibration without the extra expense of a COBB Accessport for data-logging and remote tuning can have it done by us here in Blackpool, or via any of our approved calibration installers across our Evolution Chips network.

Our installers can be found here:

 

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Option 2: (With additional COBB custom features)

An MSD Tune supplied on a brand new COBB Accessport.

As fully approved COBB Pro Tuners we are able to offer our Focus RS Mk 3 MSD tunes integrated within the COBB custom ECU firmware which offers all the features of the factory firmware but adds some special COBB hardware and software sauce on top! The Accessport handset is quite beautiful and provides you a way to tune, data-log and diagnose the car as well as to give the driver some valuable real time data on screen.


What is the Accessport?

COBB Accessport MSD Multimaps

The COBB Accessport is a firm favourite here and not just because it means the end user can install their own calibrations at home, but because the handset transforms the vehicle by adding the option of up to six gauges on screen at any time out of a list of literally hundreds. It gives you data-logging and remote E-tuning capability, diagnostic facilities for reading codes and resetting KAM etc. and allows us as tuners to harness the additional power of the COBB Ecoboost firmware to deliver even more awesome features!

These features also include the ability to swap between MSD power stages in seconds (with the engine still running) The swap is done by pressing the cruise control cancel button and then using the + / - buttons to swap slots. The slot is shown by the rev counter as you press the buttons. (IE: It points to 1000rpm for slot 1, 2000rpm for slot 2, etc.)

Yes, its as simple as that.
Pressing a button on your steering wheel can change your engines power output. The car also defaults to the last used slot on power up, so you can turn the car off in standard power if you are loaning the car to a friend for example... Imagine having STD Power, MSD 380, MSD 420, A valet mode (wont rev past 3000rpm or make more than 7psi boost) and also an anti-theft device, all accessible from your steering wheel controls! With MSD Multimaps, this is your new reality!

 

Handset Specification:

  • Full Colour handset that can display up to 6 gauges on screen
  • 200+ parameters available to display and / or data-log
  • Internal memory that can record up to 10hrs
  • O.E quality fault code reader (Full Ford code set - Not just generic OBD)
  • Reset codes adaptations and KAM.
  • User adjustable shift light feature built in
  • Performance monitor built in.
  • High resale value if you decide to sell.

 

All of our Accessport MSD calibrations come with the following awesome feature's enabled:

Return to standard tune yourself.
The Accessport enables you to return the original ECU calibration back to the vehicle at the click of a button. Selecting "Uninstall Accessport" will remove any tune applied by it and return the vehicle to its original tune and place your custom tune back on the Accessport, leaving it in an as new condition ready to be sold on. This can be done yourself at home with no tuner input required.

Flat foot shifting:
Enabled on all our calibrations, this features allows the accelerator pedal to stay fully depressed while shifting gears. The use of the clutch pedal will still be necessary, but keeping the accelerator pedal fully depressed between shifts allows for the turbo to stay spooled between gears, so you can concentrate on the fastest gear-shift and let MSD take care of the engine speed.

No hassle launch control:
No more entering menus in a hurry! With our calibrations the process of getting into launch mode is simply having the clutch pedal and accelerator pedal depressed fully. The engine speed will quickly raise to the determined RPM set in the calibration file. (Adjustable on request)

5-way launch control set-points:
This feature enables users to switch between 5 different launch control set points on the fly. You can use the factory cruise control system to switch between different set points. Our calibrations usually have 5 set points enabled from 4500rpm in slot 1 to 5500rpm in slot 5. 
(Slot choice varies due to other features)

Exhaust valve Tuning. (Optional & FOC)
Would you like the Focus signature exhaust growl toning down a little in your normal drive mode? Maybe have the exhaust valve only open after 4000rpm? Or only after 4000rpm above 20psi boost? Or always open in your sports modes? No problem.

Eco Shift light disable. (Optional & FOC)
Some people really dislike the Ecoboost economy shift lights and would like them disabled.
Just say the word and they are turned out forever! But the Performance shift lights remain and are improved upon! Disabling this will automatically enable the MSD peak performance shift light. (See below)

MSD peak performance shift up light. (FOC)
If the Eco Shift light is disabled we will utilise the shift up light with enhanced programming to now indicate the optimal performance gear up-shift point. The rev limiter warning light will remain active later in the rev range as normal. (Eco up-shift lights must be disabled for this feature to work)

Start / Stop system disable. (Optional & FOC)
Some people turn the start stop system off as the first thing they do when they get in the car.
Just say the word and we will disable it permanently for you, but leave you the option to re-enable it in your Accessport.

Shift Assist disable. (Optional & FOC)
Ford installed a shift assist strategy that hangs the throttle momentarily on gear shifts, which is designed to help the gearbox sync a little better for some drivers. Many owners really dislike it and wish it didn’t do it. Just say the word and its gone.

MSD Custom tuning, remotely!
Using the awesome data logging capabilities of the Accessport, we invite you to send us data-logs via E-mail so that we can custom tune your purchased calibration to better suit your own, individual vehicle. After log analysis, we will send you a further optimised tune that is based of feedback from your own vehicle. This feature comes standard with all our tunes for those owners who wish to get involved in some customisation and two revisions come free of charge with every MSD Tune. But don't worry, you can enjoy the product forever without getting involved in custom tuning should you wish to.

Further information on our custom E-Tuning service can be found here in our COBB Tuning Section

 

 

The following additional cost features can also be chosen at time of ordering. (And upgraded to later if need be)

MSD Multimaps: (Optional, at extra cost)
A firm favourite... This feature gives you 3 different power levels available at any one time. Imagine having MSD 350 (STD Power with enhanced MSD drive-ability and all our features), MSD 380 and MSD 420, all switchable from the cruise control buttons, even with the engine running. Imagine also being able to dictate which of those power levels the vehicle loaded up with when you turn it on… Well you can. Ask us about MSD Multimaps.

MSD Valet Mode: (Comes free with Multimaps)
We can set up one of your multimaps slots as a valet mode. This will limit revs to 3000rpm and boost to 7psi which will limit what people borrowing your vehicle can do. with two simple steering wheel button presses before you hand over the keys, you can be sure they wont be doing any top speed runs in your vehicle!

MSD Anti-Theft: (Comes free with Multimaps)
We can set up an anti theft feature accessible via your normal vehicle controls. This feature will prevent the vehicle being driven and it can be enabled in under 3 seconds. Further details will come with the product.

MSD WMI / Ethanol / Race fuel slots: (On suitable vehicles)
We can set up one or more of your slots to optimise the timing and boost in your tune for WMI (Water/Methanol Injection), Ethanol or high octane fuel. This option requires some detailed discussion about your installed system and installed safety features before we will offer a tune. (Contact us for more details)

MSD 380 (540Nm and 380PS)
This calibration works perfectly on a totally standard car and lifts the power restrictions from within the ECU, further enhancing the power output to 540NM and 380PS which really brings the car to life!.

This isn’t just headline power either, flexibility and reliability are our speciality so the ECU's incredible torque model is fully retained ensuring factory driveability with no hesitations, surges or hiccups in the power delivery.

Naturally, as with all MSD power upgrades, all necessary safety limits and protection strategies are re-profiled and enhanced in order to allow the extra performance whilst retaining a strong, O.E Level of engine protection.

Please be aware that power figures don’t tell the whole story with these management systems, making extra power is easy, but many companies completely disable the torque control and most of the protection strategies in order to do so and this can cause driveability and longevity concerns with often massive boost levels required to make the power. Read our comprehensive "Safety" tab for more details.

Additional hardware needed:

  • None.

Optional hardware upgrades:

 

Standard Calibration Features

  • DIY Install and remove at home.
  • Improved idle stability
  • Factory drive-ability under all conditions.
  • Launch control always active (No menu activation needed)
  • Launch control RPM adjustable via cruise control buttons
  • Flat Foot Shifting always available
  • Peak performance up-shift light activated (ECO off tunes only)
  • RS rev limit warning light strategy enhanced
  • All engine protections remain in place (See safety tab)
  • Comes with 2x E-Tune revisions included in the price.

Personalisations Available:

  • Decat MIL eliminated (For vehicle with a de-cat fitted)
  • Stop / Start system permanent disable option.
  • Eco shift light permanent disable option.
  • Burble tunable against Normal and sports modes.
  • Burble tunable against RPM
  • Multiple burble options such as OFF / Ford / FordSport / MSDEnhanced and MSDExtreme
  • Exhaust valve tuning options available. (Closed on cold start etc)

Additional fuel programming available. (Ask for further details)

  • WMI (water methanol injection) optimised slot.
  • Ethanol (E10-E40) optimised slot.
  • High octane fuel optimised slot. (100+ RON)

 

Diagnostic and data-logging capability:
Don’t forget, the Accessport gives you the ability to diagnose management faults properly. Entering the diagnostics section of the handset will allow you to retrieve the full range of Ford fault codes. (Not just generic P-Codes like a cheap eBay reader) The icing on the cake is its high speed data-logger, allowing you to display and log over 200 engine parameters. This is the feature that unlocks the custom E-Tuning capability! Please see the Accessport tab for more details

Total cost of an Accessport with MSD 380:
Supplied on a brand new COBB Accessport for DIY Installation with full instructions: £865 inc vat.


Note:
Our upgrade program for COBB users gives you access to very reasonably priced upgrades at a later date as your hardware and requirements change. Examples below.

  • MSD 380 to MSD 400 = £100
  • MSD 380 to MSD 380 Multimaps = £100
  • MSD 380 to MSD 400 with Multimaps = £150
Already own an Accessport?
We will supply this calibration via E-Mail to existing Accessport users at £199 inc vat

MSD 400 (560Nm and 400PS)
This calibration is designed to work with the factory hardware and a free flowing air filter to help with the extra air flow. This calibration further increases the engines power over our MSD 380, increasing the torque output to 560 Nm low down and extending the power higher up the rev range to 400PS.

This isn’t just headline power either, flexibility and reliability are our speciality so the ECU's incredible torque model is fully retained ensuring factory driveability with no hesitations, surges or hiccups in the power delivery.

Naturally, as with all MSD power upgrades, all necessary safety limits and protection strategies are re-profiled and enhanced in order to allow the extra performance whilst retaining a strong, O.E Level of engine protection.

Please be aware that power figures don’t tell the whole story with these management systems, making extra power is easy, but many companies completely disable the torque control and most of the protection strategies in order to do so and this can cause driveability and longevity concerns with often massive boost levels required to make the power. Read our comprehensive "Safety" tab for more details.

Additional hardware needed:

  • None.

Optional hardware upgrades:

 

Standard Calibration Features

  • DIY Install and remove at home.
  • Improved idle stability
  • Factory drive-ability under all conditions.
  • Launch control always active (No menu activation needed)
  • Launch control RPM adjustable via cruise control buttons
  • Flat Foot Shifting always available
  • Peak performance up-shift light activated (ECO off tunes only)
  • RS rev limit warning light strategy enhanced
  • All engine protections remain in place (See safety tab)
  • Comes with 2x E-Tune revisions included in the price.

Personalisations Available:

  • Decat MIL eliminated (For vehicle with a de-cat fitted)
  • Stop / Start system permanent disable option.
  • Eco shift light permanent disable option.
  • Burble tunable against Normal and sports modes.
  • Burble tunable against RPM
  • Multiple burble options such as OFF / Ford / FordSport / MSDEnhanced and MSDExtreme
  • Exhaust valve tuning options available. (Closed on cold start etc)

Additional fuel programming available. (Ask for further details)

  • WMI (water methanol injection) optimised slot.
  • Ethanol (E10-E40) optimised slot.
  • High octane fuel optimised slot. (100+ RON)


Diagnostic and data-logging capability:
Don’t forget, the Accessport gives you the ability to diagnose management faults properly. Entering the diagnostics section of the handset will allow you to retrieve the full range of Ford fault codes. (Not just generic P-Codes like a cheap eBay reader) The icing on the cake is its high speed data-logger, allowing you to display and log over 200 engine parameters. This is the feature that unlocks the custom E-Tuning capability! Please see the Accessport tab for more details

Total cost of an Accessport with MSD 400:
Supplied on a brand new COBB Accessport for DIY Installation with full instructions: £915 inc vat.


Note:
Our upgrade program for COBB users gives you access to very reasonably priced upgrades at a later date as your hardware and requirements change. Examples below.

  • MSD 400 to MSD 420 = £100
  • MSD 400 to MSD 400 Multimaps = £100
  • MSD 400 to MSD 420 Multimaps = £150
Already own an Accessport?
We will supply this calibration via E-Mail to existing Accessport users at £249 inc vat

MSD 420 (580Nm and 420PS)
This is our maximum power output on factory engine internals and further increases the engines torque output to 580 Nm and peak power output to 420PS.

This isn’t just headline power either, flexibility and reliability are our speciality so the ECU's incredible torque model is fully retained ensuring factory driveability with no hesitations, surges or hiccups in the power delivery.

Naturally, as with all MSD power upgrades, all necessary safety limits and protection strategies are re-profiled and enhanced in order to allow the extra performance whilst retaining a strong, O.E Level of engine protection.

Please be aware that power figures don’t tell the whole story with these management systems, making extra power is easy, but many companies completely disable the torque control and most of the protection strategies in order to do so and this can cause driveability and longevity concerns with often massive boost levels required to make the power. Read our comprehensive "Safety" tab for more details.

 

Additional hardware needed:

Optional hardware upgrades:

 

Standard Calibration Features

  • DIY Install and remove at home.
  • Improved idle stability
  • Factory drive-ability under all conditions.
  • Launch control always active (No menu activation needed)
  • Launch control RPM adjustable via cruise control buttons
  • Flat Foot Shifting always available
  • Peak performance up-shift light activated (ECO off tunes only)
  • RS rev limit warning light strategy enhanced
  • All engine protections remain in place (See safety tab)
  • Comes with 2x E-Tune revisions included in the price.

Personalisations Available:

  • Decat MIL eliminated (For vehicle with a de-cat fitted)
  • Stop / Start system permanent disable option.
  • Eco shift light permanent disable option.
  • Burble tunable against Normal and sports modes.
  • Burble tunable against RPM
  • Multiple burble options such as OFF / Ford / FordSport / MSDEnhanced and MSDExtreme
  • Exhaust valve tuning options available. (Closed on cold start etc)

Additional fuel programming available. (Ask for further details)

  • WMI (water methanol injection) optimised slot.
  • Ethanol (E10-E40) optimised slot.
  • High octane fuel optimised slot. (100+ RON)

 

Diagnostic and data-logging capability:
Don’t forget, the Accessport gives you the ability to diagnose management faults properly. Entering the diagnostics section of the handset will allow you to retrieve the full range of Ford fault codes. (Not just generic P-Codes like a cheap eBay reader) The icing on the cake is its high speed data-logger, allowing you to display and log over 200 engine parameters. This is the feature that unlocks the custom E-Tuning capability! Please see the Accessport tab for more details

Total cost of an Accessport with MSD 420:
Supplied on a brand new COBB Accessport for DIY Installation with full instructions: £915 inc vat.


Note:
Our upgrade program for COBB users gives you access to very reasonably priced upgrades at a later date as your hardware and requirements change. Examples below.

  • MSD 420 to MSD 420 Multimaps = £100

Already own an Accessport?
We will supply this calibration via E-Mail to existing Accessport users at £249 inc vat

MSD Multimaps:
If you are unsure which power level you would like... This is the answer!

This feature gives you 3 different power levels available at any one time. Imagine having MSD 350 (STD Power with enhanced MSD drive-ability and all our features), MSD 380 and MSD 400 (Or 420 if you have the hardware), all switchable from the cruise control buttons, even with the engine running.

Imagine also being able to dictate which of those power levels the vehicle loaded up with when you turn it on… Well you can, with ease. This is MSD Multimaps!

 

Not just three power levels....
But we could’t leave you with only three power levels when the Accessport has 5 slots available, so we went ahead and created our own additional features for slots 4 and 5 to enhance multimaps even further.


MSD Valet Mode:
 (Only available with Multimaps)
We can set up one of your multimaps slots as a valet mode. This will limit revs to 3000rpm and boost to 7psi which will limit what people borrowing your vehicle can do. with two simple steering wheel button presses before you hand over the keys, you can be sure they wont be doing any top speed runs in your vehicle!

MSD Anti-Theft: (Only available with Multimaps)
We can set up an anti theft feature accessible via your normal vehicle controls. This feature will prevent the vehicle being driven and it can be enabled in under 2 seconds. Further details will come with the product.

Total cost of an Accessport with MSD Multimaps:

Supplied on a brand new COBB Accessport for DIY Installation with full instructions: £965 inc vat.


Note:
Our upgrade program for COBB users gives you access to very reasonably priced upgrades at a later date as your hardware and requirements change.

Already own an Accessport?
We will supply this calibration via E-Mail to existing Accessport users at £299 inc vat

MSD 440 (up to 600+Nm and 440PS)
This is the first step for owners wishing to uprate their engine internals and really push their OE turbo to the max or add a hybrid turbo and maybe want to tune for power with WMI.


Torque is turbocharger spool dependant but can usually be raised to 600+Nm with maximum power peaking at around 440PS.

The vehicle will retains great road manners on this conversion with over 500Nm available from around 2800 RPM and 600Nm available by 3500 RPM on the standard turbo, this is a great compromise between the standard turbo and the bigger NX2!

The rev limit is kept sensible at 6500, so this is no rev hungry monster that requires massive engine speed like 420+PS cars of old... and of course as always with an MSD conversion, the ECU's incredible torque model is fully retained ensuring factory drive-ability with no hesitations, surges or hiccups in power delivery, and of course all the necessary safety limits and protection strategies are re-profiled to allow the extra performance whilst retaining an O.E Level of engine protection. Beware: Many companies completely disable the torque control and most of the protection strategies in order to force the management to allow more boost. Read the "Safety" tab for more details on these strategies.


Additional hardware required for the MSD 440 calibration:

Optional hardware:

  • Uprated Clutch.
  • Quaife front differential
  • WMI


Standard Calibration Features

  • MSD Multimaps as standard. (MSD 380 / 400 / 440 / Valet / Anti-Theft)
  • DIY Install and remove at home.
  • Improved idle stability
  • Factory drive-ability under all conditions.
  • Launch control always active (No menu activation needed)
  • Launch control RPM adjustable via cruise control buttons
  • Flat Foot Shifting always available
  • Peak performance up-shift light activated (ECO off tunes only)
  • RS rev limit warning light strategy enhanced
  • All engine protections remain in place (See safety tab)
  • Comes with 3x E-Tune revisions included in the price.

Personalisations Available:

  • Decat MIL eliminated (For vehicle with a de-cat fitted)
  • Stop / Start system permanent disable option.
  • Eco shift light permanent disable option.
  • Burble tunable against Normal and sports modes.
  • Burble tunable against RPM
  • Multiple burble options such as OFF / Ford / FordSport / MSDEnhanced and MSDExtreme
  • Exhaust valve tuning options available. (Closed on cold start etc)

Additional fuel programming available. (Ask for further details)

  • WMI (water methanol injection) optimised slot.
  • Ethanol (E10-E40) optimised slot.
  • High octane fuel optimised slot. (100+ RON)


This calibration requires the MAP & TIP sensors be upgraded.
We will supply and fit our own 400KPA MSD T-Map4 versions so that your ECU can retain safety TIP and Boost limits.

Total cost to install the sensors and calibrate the vehicle on the dyno, including an initial diagnostic session, labour and vat = £1190.

 

Note:
(If you have the right hardware spec and our MSD T-Map sensors then this calibration can be supplied and tuned remotely via our E-Tuning service at the cost of £499 which includes 3x calibration revisions)

MSD Custom tuning, remotely!
When supplied as an E-Tune, we utilise the awesome data logging capabilities of the Accessport, inviting you to send us data-logs via E-mail so that we can custom tune your calibration to better suit your own, individual vehicle. After log analysis, we will send you a further optimised tune that is based of feedback from your own vehicle. This feature comes standard with all our COBB E-tunes for those owners who wish to get involved in some customisation but don't worry, you can enjoy the product forever without getting involved in custom tuning should you wish to.

 

MSD 460 (up to 600Nm and 460PS)
This is the first step for owners wishing to uprate their engine internals and add a bigger turbo but do not want to add any performance camshafts or WMI and would also perhaps like us to tune the vehicle remotely.


Torque can be raised to 600Nm with maximum power peaking at around 460PS.

The vehicle will retains great road manners on this conversion with over 500Nm available from around 2800 RPM and 600Nm available by 3500 RPM, this is a great compromise between the standard turbo and the bigger NX2!

The rev limit is kept sensible at 6500, so this is no rev hungry monster that requires massive engine speed like 450+PS cars of old... and of course as always with an MSD conversion, the ECU's incredible torque model is fully retained ensuring factory drive-ability with no hesitations, surges or hiccups in power delivery, and of course all the necessary safety limits and protection strategies are re-profiled to allow the extra performance whilst retaining an O.E Level of engine protection. Beware: Many companies completely disable the torque control and most of the protection strategies in order to force the management to allow more boost. Read the "Safety" tab for more details on these strategies.


Additional hardware required for the MSD 460 calibration:

Optional hardware:

  • Uprated Clutch.
  • Quaife front differential


Standard Calibration Features

  • MSD Multimaps as standard. (MSD 400 / 430 / 460 / Valet / Anti-Theft)
  • DIY Install and remove at home.
  • Improved idle stability
  • Factory drive-ability under all conditions.
  • Launch control always active (No menu activation needed)
  • Launch control RPM adjustable via cruise control buttons
  • Flat Foot Shifting always available
  • Peak performance up-shift light activated (ECO off tunes only)
  • RS rev limit warning light strategy enhanced
  • All engine protections remain in place (See safety tab)
  • Comes with 3x E-Tune revisions included in the price.

Personalisations Available:

  • Decat MIL eliminated (For vehicle with a de-cat fitted)
  • Stop / Start system permanent disable option.
  • Eco shift light permanent disable option.
  • Burble tunable against Normal and sports modes.
  • Burble tunable against RPM
  • Multiple burble options such as OFF / Ford / FordSport / MSDEnhanced and MSDExtreme
  • Exhaust valve tuning options available. (Closed on cold start etc)

Additional fuel programming available. (Ask for further details)

  • WMI (water methanol injection) optimised slot.
  • Ethanol (E10-E40) optimised slot.
  • High octane fuel optimised slot. (100+ RON)


This calibration requires the MAP & TIP sensors be upgraded.
We will supply and fit our own 400KPA MSD T-Map4 versions so that your ECU can retain safety TIP and Boost limits.

Total cost to install the sensors and calibrate the vehicle on the dyno, including an initial diagnostic session, labour and vat = £1190.

 

Note:
(If you have the right hardware spec and our MSD T-Map sensors then this calibration can be supplied and tuned remotely via our E-Tuning service at the cost of £499 which includes 3x calibration revisions)

MSD Custom tuning, remotely!
When supplied as an E-Tune, we utilise the awesome data logging capabilities of the Accessport, inviting you to send us data-logs via E-mail so that we can custom tune your calibration to better suit your own, individual vehicle. After log analysis, we will send you a further optimised tune that is based of feedback from your own vehicle. This feature comes standard with all our COBB E-tunes for those owners who wish to get involved in some customisation but don't worry, you can enjoy the product forever without getting involved in custom tuning should you wish to.

MSD 480 (up to 700Nm and 480PS)
This is the step for owners wishing to uprate their engine internals and add a bigger turbo but do not want to add any performance camshafts or WMI and would also perhaps like us to tune the vehicle remotely.


Torque can be raised to 700Nm with maximum power peaking at around 480PS.

The vehicle will retains great road manners on this conversion with over 500Nm available from around 3000 RPM and 700Nm available by 4000 RPM, this really does bring the Focus RS to life!

The rev limit is kept sensible at 6500, so this is no rev hungry monster that requires massive engine speed like 500bhp cars of old... and of course as always with an MSD conversion, the ECU's incredible torque model is fully retained ensuring factory drive-ability with no hesitations, surges or hiccups in power delivery, and of course all the necessary safety limits and protection strategies are re-profiled to allow the extra performance whilst retaining an O.E Level of engine protection. Beware: Many companies completely disable the torque control and most of the protection strategies in order to force the management to allow more boost. Read the "Safety" tab for more details on these strategies.


Additional hardware required for the MSD 480 calibration:

Optional hardware:

  • Uprated Clutch.
  • Quaife front differential


Standard Calibration Features

  • MSD Multimaps as standard. (MSD 400 /440 / 480 / Valet / Anti-Theft)
  • DIY Install and remove at home.
  • Improved idle stability
  • Factory drive-ability under all conditions.
  • Launch control always active (No menu activation needed)
  • Launch control RPM adjustable via cruise control buttons
  • Flat Foot Shifting always available
  • Peak performance up-shift light activated (ECO off tunes only)
  • RS rev limit warning light strategy enhanced
  • All engine protections remain in place (See safety tab)
  • Comes with 3x E-Tune revisions included in the price.

Personalisations Available:

  • Decat MIL eliminated (For vehicle with a de-cat fitted)
  • Stop / Start system permanent disable option.
  • Eco shift light permanent disable option.
  • Burble tunable against Normal and sports modes.
  • Burble tunable against RPM
  • Multiple burble options such as OFF / Ford / FordSport / MSDEnhanced and MSDExtreme
  • Exhaust valve tuning options available. (Closed on cold start etc)

Additional fuel programming available. (Ask for further details)

  • WMI (water methanol injection) optimised slot.
  • Ethanol (E10-E40) optimised slot.
  • High octane fuel optimised slot. (100+ RON)


This calibration requires the MAP & TIP sensors be upgraded.
We will supply and fit our own 400KPA MSD T-Map4 versions so that your ECU can retain safety TIP and Boost limits.

Total cost to install the sensors and calibrate the vehicle on the dyno, including an initial diagnostic session, labour and vat = £1190.

 

Note:
(If you have the right hardware spec and our MSD T-Map sensors then this calibration can be supplied and tuned remotely via our E-Tuning service at the cost of £499 which includes 3x calibration revisions)

MSD Custom tuning, remotely!
When supplied as an E-Tune, we utilise the awesome data logging capabilities of the Accessport, inviting you to send us data-logs via E-mail so that we can custom tune your calibration to better suit your own, individual vehicle. After log analysis, we will send you a further optimised tune that is based of feedback from your own vehicle. This feature comes standard with all our COBB E-tunes for those owners who wish to get involved in some customisation but don't worry, you can enjoy the product forever without getting involved in custom tuning should you wish to.

MSD 530 (up to 530PS)
This is our joint collaboration project with Devil Developments.
When allied to a Devil Developments spec engine, torque will be raised to 700NM+ with maximum power coming in at 530PS. The vehicle retains great road manners on this conversion with over 500NM available from around 3000 RPM and over 700NM available by 4000 RPM, this really does bring the Focus Rs to life!

The rev limit is kept sensible at 6500, so this is no rev hungry monster that requires massive engine speed like 500bhp cars of old... and of course as always with an MSD conversion, the ECU's incredible torque model is fully retained ensuring factory drive-ability with no hesitations, surges or hiccups in power delivery, and of course all the necessary safety limits and protection strategies are re-profiled to allow the extra performance whilst retaining an O.E Level of engine protection. Beware: Many companies completely disable the torque control and most of the protection strategies in order to force the management to allow more boost. Read the "Safety" tab for more details on these strategies.


Additional hardware required for the MSD530 calibration:

Optional hardware:

  • Uprated Clutch.
  • Quaife front differential
  • Stage 3 camshafts are required to reach the full 530 but 500+ is available on STD cams


Standard Calibration Features

  • MSD Multimaps as standard. (440 / 480 / 530 / Valet / Anti-Theft)
  • DIY Install and remove at home is an option..
  • Improved idle stability
  • Factory drive-ability under all conditions.
  • Launch control always active (No menu activation needed)
  • Launch control RPM adjustable via cruise control buttons
  • Flat Foot Shifting always available
  • Peak performance up-shift light activated (ECO off tunes only)
  • RS rev limit warning light strategy enhanced
  • All engine protections remain in place (See safety tab)
  • Comes with 3x E-Tune revisions included in the price.

Personalisations Available:

  • Decat MIL eliminated (For vehicle with a de-cat fitted)
  • Stop / Start system permanent disable option.
  • Eco shift light permanent disable option.
  • Burble tunable against Normal and sports modes.
  • Burble tunable against RPM
  • Multiple burble options such as OFF / Ford / FordSport / MSDEnhanced and MSDExtreme
  • Exhaust valve tuning options available. (Closed on cold start etc)

Additional fuel programming available. (Ask for further details)

  • WMI (water methanol injection) optimised slot.
  • Ethanol (E10-E40) optimised slot.
  • High octane fuel optimised slot. (100+ RON)

 

This calibration requires the MAP & TIP sensors be upgraded.
We will supply and fit our own 400KPA MSD T-Map4 versions so that your ECU can retain safety TIP and Boost limits.

Total cost to install the sensors and calibrate the vehicle on the dyno, including an initial diagnostic session, labour and vat = £1190.

 

Note:
(If you have the right hardware spec and our MSD tMAP4 sensors then this calibration can be supplied and tuned remotely via our E-Tuning service at the cost of £499 which includes 3x calibration revisions)

MSD Custom tuning, remotely!
If supplied as an E-Tune, we utilise the awesome data logging capabilities of the Accessport, inviting you to send us data-logs via E-mail so that we can custom tune your calibration to better suit your own, individual vehicle. After log analysis, we will send you a further optimised tune that is based of feedback from your own vehicle. This feature comes standard with all our COBB E-tunes for those owners who wish to get involved in some customisation but don't worry, you can enjoy the product forever without getting involved in custom tuning should you wish to.

MSD 600 - 700 (up to 700PS)
**This conversion is still in the final stages of testing in the UK and overseas and is expected to be ready in Q4 2021**

Already tried and tested on two continents so far and working very well, this level of power obviously requires a fully custom built engine that is capable of flowing this kind or airflow. Our development cars currently run Devil Developments 700 spec engines.

When allied to a suitable engine spec you can expect a power output of 700ps and a 100-200 time in the high 5 to low 6 second range if suitable chassis modifications have been undertaken to ensure the power can be transferred to the black stuff. Even when tested on a pretty standard drive-train (Standard tyres and No RDU mods) we are still seeing mid 6 second runs repeatably and these times should come down further as we continue to dial in the torque-by-gear features of the factory ECU to keep her on the limit of traction.

The rev limit is engine hardware spec dependant but we like to be able to see 7600rpm to make the best of these large turbochargers. Of course, as always with an MSD conversion, the factory ECU's incredible torque model is retained ensuring factory drive-ability with no hesitations, surges or hiccups in power delivery, returns sensible fuel efficiency and starts and drives cold perfectly. All the necessary safety limits and protection strategies are re-profiled to allow the extra performance whilst retaining as close to O.E Level of engine protection as is possible at this power level, including engine oil and water temp load and rev limiters, TIP limits, MAP limits and full electronic throttle control of the load. We do not just run a programmed wastegate duty cycle and hope the wastegate never fails to open.


Additional hardware required for the MSD700 calibration:
(Subject to change)

  • Devil Developments 700 spec forged engine.
  • XDI HPFP60 fuel pump.
  • XDI 3000cc Injectors.
  • Precision PT6266 Turbocharger.
  • Turbosmart external wastegate.
  • Turbosmart Race Port Blow off valve
  • High quality Uprated Intercooler.
  • Custom high flow intake pipework from Air filter to turbocharger.
  • Full high flow exhaust system with sports cat or decat.
  • 1 step colder spark plugs.
  • 2x MSD tMAP4 sensors.
  • COBB Accessport.
  • Suitable Clutch. (Example: Extreme Ceramic Race)
  • High octane fuel and WMI required. (E50+ fuel is ideal but we can cater for fuels such as blended Q16)

Optional and strongly recommended hardware:

  • Uprated transmission Sycros
  • Quaife front differential.


Standard Calibration Features
(Subject to change)

  • MSD Multimaps as standard. (500 / 600 / 700 / Valet / Anti-Theft)
  • DIY Install and remove at home is an option..
  • Factory drive-ability under all conditions.
  • Launch control always active (No menu activation needed)
  • Launch control RPM adjustable via cruise control buttons (Default 6000rpm)
  • Flat Foot Shifting always available
  • Peak performance up-shift light activated (ECO off tunes only)
  • RS rev limit warning light strategy enhanced
  • All engine protections remain in place (See safety tab)
  • Comes with 4x E-Tune revisions included in the price.

Personalisations Available:

  • Decat MIL eliminated (For vehicle with a de-cat fitted)
  • Stop / Start system permanent disable option.
  • Eco shift light permanent disable option.
  • Burble tunable against Normal and sports modes.
  • Burble tunable against RPM
  • Multiple burble options such as OFF / Ford / FordSport / MSDEnhanced and MSDExtreme
  • Exhaust valve tuning options available. (Closed on cold start etc)

Additional fuel programming available. (Ask for further details)

  • WMI (water methanol injection) optimised slot.
  • Ethanol (E10-E40) optimised slot.
  • High octane fuel optimised slot. (100 - 118 RON)


This calibration requires the MAP & TIP sensors be upgraded.
We will supply and fit our own 400KPA MSD T-Map4 versions so that your ECU can retain safety TIP and Boost limits.

Total cost to install the sensors and calibrate the vehicle on the dyno, including an initial diagnostic session, labour and vat = £TBA.

 

Note:
(If you have the right hardware spec and our MSD tMAP4 sensors then this calibration can be supplied and tuned remotely via our E-Tuning service at the cost of £TBA which will include 4x calibration revisions to ensure the tune is working well with your build)

MSD Custom tuning, remotely!
If supplied as an E-Tune, we utilise the awesome data logging capabilities of the Accessport, inviting you to send us data-logs via E-mail so that we can custom tune your calibration to better suit your own, individual vehicle. After log analysis, we will send you a further optimised tune that is based of feedback from your own vehicle and repeat this 3x for the MSD600+ Tunes.

MSD E-Tuning (All Power levels)
This is the service you need if you want to get the best out of existing hardware and don’t wish to bring it here to our dyno. The awesome COBB Accessport allows us to data-log and tune your vehicle remotely... Our calibrations can be supplied to you same day, via E-mail, so you can be out enjoying the tune immediately without the hassle of time off work, driving across the country and spending the day here with us. Indeed we are tuning a 580Ps vehicle on race fuel and WMI near Africa right now!

If buying a typical MSD power level such as MSD400 then the tunes can simply be installed and driven as they arrive and they will make the quoted power and torque right out of the box.  Most people are absolutely happy with this level of tune and go no further.

However, some of our customers want to take it a little further and get "Custom Tuned" and that is why all of our E-Tunes come with 2x Custom tune revisions as standard.

 

Custom E-Tuning with MSD is a simple three step process.

  1. Install the base calibration to your car.
  2. Perform a data-logging run in 3rd gear
  3. Send us the data-logs.

We will then analyse the data and return you a customised tune to repeat the process.*


OK, so how can you do a custom tune remotely?

This is a common question. Normally you would bring your vehicle to us for dyno time so that we can specifically look at things such as Air-Fuel ratio, Spark advance, knock levels, exhaust gas temp, charge temps and other such parameters. Well one of the greatest things about modern management systems is they have these sensors and logging capability built right into the vehicle! They almost always come with wideband lambda sensors, multiple manufacturer tuned knock sensors, high resolution MAP and TIP sensors and exceptionally detailed and fast logging of all the vehicles parameters.

This technology allows us to obtain data from the vehicle no matter where it is driven. It no longer has to be connected to our laptops and dyno. This means we can analyse the data remotely and make changes to the calibration to see how the vehicle responds when operated in the real world. To initialise this process we simply need you to follow a sequence of driving events and data-log a number of data channels on your Accessport, then send the resulting logs to us by E-Mail.

We supply our E-Tunes with full printed instructions detailing how to set up the data-logger and which channels to log as well as what conditions to perform the data-logging in on your local dyno, drag strip, race track etc.

Once you have got used to your tune you can then send us data-logs and we will adjust the tune to suit your vehicle exactly as we would if it were here on our dyno. The results we achieve are very much the same as if we had the car ourselves and in some cases it can be better, especially if your vehicle has issues being run hard on a dyno. ( A great example of this is a vehicle with traction issues or a vehicle with a top mount intercooler... these coolers work well on the road but are tricky to get right with a fan and some pipes.)


This video was done by a customer of ours and he has done a Vlog of the whole E-Tuning process on his Focus Rs.

 

Pricing:

E-Tunes are priced according to vehicle.

E.g. Ford Focus RS MK3 MSD 380 costs just £199 inc vat


* We do not guarantee that we will offer any more power in the revised tune. Of course we normally do, but the outcome of any tuning absolutely depends on how your vehicle responds and it is very dependant on the quality of the fuel used in your vehicle. We absolutely will only increased power output where we feel there is acceptable headroom based on the data collected during the logging sessions.

If we feel the engine is under duress due to charge temps or knock for example we may well lower your power levels.

 

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COBB Redline Carbon Intake Kit
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Turbosmart Kompact Shortie BOV
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COBB Motor Mount
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COBB Shifter Upgrade
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Milltek Catback Resonated Exhaust
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Milltek Catback Non Resonated Exhaust
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Milltek Large bore downpipe and high flow sports catalyst
Milltek Large bore downpipe and high flow sports catalyst

Beware:
All ECU "calibrations" are not created equally...

There are many ways to calibrate a modern vehicles ECU but the sad fact remains that a huge percentage of the tunes we see have had all the safety strategies and drive logic features removed from them. These MEDG17 PCM's have exceptional engine control strategies built into them and these systems are a key reason that as standard, these vehicles drive so amazingly well. Smooth, linear and powerful to the rev limiter. And safe too... the protection strategies are incredibly complex and work alongside a very comprehensive torque model in order to deliver what the driver asks, but keep the engine in one piece should things go wrong.

To recalibrate an MEDG17 PCM properly, from scratch as we do, takes many hundreds of hours of development on our in house dyno. But the results are worthwhile.

Rest assured that when we calibrate a vehicles PCM we retain:

  • Full torque model remains intact. (This is what makes the vehicle drive so well)
  • Low speed pre ignition (LSPI) control. (Read the blog for info)
  • Knock control system is left intact and working (Guards against detonation)
  • Over-boost limits. (Protects against over-boost due to fault)
  • Under-boost limits. (Protects turbo against air leaks)
  • Full Engine speed limits. (Raised if the tune would benefit)
  • Exhaust temp load profiling. (Takes over if EGT exceeds limits)
  • Fuel flow limit air control. (Takes over if you run too lean)
  • Coolant temperature limits. (Never raised)
  • Transmission temperature limits. (Never raised)
  • Gearbox fluid temperature limits. (Never raised)
  • All the ECU Limp home strategies. (These are what get you home!)
  • All of the 300+ fault codes are retained so your ECU can report faults.

The above may look and read like common sense?
You are right... retaining everything above is desirable, but to do so requires an understanding of how these torque modelled systems work so that we can actually "recalibrate" the various sub-systems to work the way we want them to, whilst targeting higher airflow and power levels.

Sadly, because all of the above strategies will, by their very nature, fight our efforts to create extra airflow, many amateurs find ways to just disable the limits, often by "de-calibrating" the system so it will allow extra airflow.

We regularly see calibrations with various anticipation and prediction systems switched off, load limits flat-lined, air load limits totally disabled, fuel flow limits deleted, knock systems de-sensitised, the list goes on, its quite disappointing to see.

How would you know?
That’s a good question, and it depends just how bad they have de-calibrated the system.

Lets face a simple fact here... if you have a vehicle with a virtually standard engine and turbo that drove perfectly well before a re-calibration, extending its headroom wont make it drive or perform worse during normal driving. Why would it? No reason at all. Same engine, same air path, same hardware. So it should drive the same, but be faster at big throttle openings.

 

Now, if they have "only" removed all the safety limits (running more boost than a 3bar map sensor can see for example) then the vehicle will still drive perfectly well if the rest of the system has been recalibrated to properly request the torque the conversion makes. That kind of calibration will just have no safety limits in place should anything go wrong. hopefully it wont, so all is well.


However, if you start to disable the torque targeting system, or make a mess of recalibrating it then you end up with all manner of horrible drive-ability problems. Aggressive throttle, unpredictable or surging power delivery, doesn’t want to just cruise along at a set speed, these are all very common when a confused ECU tries to deliver closed loop airflow control with a broken model.

Some are actually so bad that if you cool the air properly with an uprated intercooler they actually drive worse... We see that on the dyno where some tunes make more power with the cooling fans turned off in our cell, the poor ECU has no clue what to do with the extra air density any more so it closes the throttle if you cool the air!

And if that wasn’t bad enough, some of these de-calibrated strategies are of course firing out fault codes so we see some with all 300+ codes just deleted so the ECU cant report them. This in turn disables all the limp home strategies designed to take control and get you home in the event of component failure.

Sadly, this is the reality of modern tuning... Take care out there!

Further reading:

If this has wet your appetite to know more about how your Ford Ecoboost management strategy in the PCM works, you may well enjoy my series of 3 Blogs about it.

Blog 1 of 4. Understanding Ford Ecoboost Torque Control

(There are more located in our main technical info section with Stus other 70+ magazine articles)

Coming Soon...

A MK3 Focus Rs in for recalibration after a forged engine build elsewhere..

 

To see our COBB Accessport videos covering:

  • Install and uninstall procedure
  • Using the custom features
  • Setting the Accessport up to display live gauges
  • Setting up and data-logging parameters
  • Customer experience of installing MSD 400, then upgrading to 420 and finally doing his datalogging.

And much more, click here to open up a new page of videos.

COBB Accessport Focus Ecoboost Videos

Purchasing Options:

 

Option 1:
COBB Accessport and MSD Calibration for DIY Install at home:

If you are looking to go the excellent COBB Accessport route you can obtain one of these direct from us, with your chosen calibration pre-installed ready for fitment yourself at home. Data-logs can be sent to us afterwards via E-mail if you wish to utilise the remote custom tuning feature we offer as part of the price. The COBB Accessports can be found on our webshop here:


Option 2:
COBB Accessport and MSD Calibration Installed by us:

If you are looking to go the excellent COBB Accessport route and would rather us show you how to install it here, we can do that for you and you can still send us the data-logs afterwards via E-mail if you wish to utilise the remote custom tuning feature we offer as part of the price.

Call us for a supplied and fitted price.

Option 3:
COBB Accessport compatible MSD calibration only (E-Tune):

For those owners whom already own an Accessport but wish to try our calibration on there. These can be purchased on our webshop and we will deliver them via E-Mail. These tunes come with remote custom tuning as part of the price too.

The calibration only purchase page can be found on our webshop here:

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