Despite the increased complexity of today’s automotive fuel-, ignition-, and boost-control systems, the art of tuning is alive and well. Heck, some modern cars practically beg to be modified.
The 2016 Ford Focus RS is one of them. In this video from YouTube channel Blake’s Garage, we get to see how much power and torque tuner Travis Barns from Snail Performance can manage to extract from the new Focus RS with a handful of aftermarket performance parts, including a Cobb Tuning intake and Accessport, and an induction hose, rear motor mount, sound suppression chamber, and quick-shift from Mountune.
We’re also privy to how much power this Ford Focus RS put out before any modifications.
As you’ll recall, Ford’s official numbers for the RS’ 2.3-liter EcoBoost I4 were 350 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque. In fact, when this white Focus RS was tested previously without any modifications, it produced 282 horsepower and 328 lb-ft at the (front) wheels – numbers a bit off from where they should have been assuming a 15-percent loss from the driveline.
That test was conducted using 93-octane fuel; for today’s dyno run, the Ford Focus RS will have to make do with 91. So how does it perform with a handful of mods and a tune from Snail Performance? 301 horsepower and 386 lb-ft at the wheels.
Not too shabby. Check it out above.
(Source: Road & Track)