First, we have to say this: Bone stock, this car is flat out impressive. It's glued to the road, accelerates hard, the brakes are borderline ridiculous (like, bruise your man boobs with the seatbelt ridiculous), and there isn't a single squeak or rattle. This car is LOCKED IN!
But as good as it is, like most new vehicles, the powers that be decided that they should squelch the fun factor, including boost limits in the lower gears and torque management galore. Boooo!
But Tuners Inc fixed all of that. Despite being a very hot Florida day with the stock intercooler, this car put down great numbers with an HP Tuners tune and the HP Tuners nGauge.
Baseline numbers: The bone stock Focus RS made a very respectable 294 HP and 327 FT Lbs of torque.
Because Tony had already made a quick tune for the car, we made some back to back runs of stock vs. tuned. The gains, especially off peak, were already impressive, but we knew there were more gains to be made, even on a stock car with the stock intercooler.
The datalogs showed there were a number of factors limiting torque, including timing retard and boost retard. We'd call for more timing and it would pull it right back out. Some of this is due to torque management, but we were also dealing with heat soak and some pretty warm IAT2's.
After some more logging, a quick phone call to our esteemed colleague Mike Thornhill at MPT Performance to exchange notes, and some collaboration with Eric Brooks at HP Tuners, we were able to defy the factory torque management and make more power.
Check out the video below to see the final power numbers. Remember, this only 6 degrees of timing with the stock intercooler. More to come!
Next up is a Levels Performance Intercooler and more tuning.
We'll update this post with future results. Look at the size of this thing!
If you need Your Ford Focus RS tuned with the HP Tuners nGauge, send an email to Tony@TunersInc.com and he'll get you dialed in!
When your car is being tuned by someone who has the same car as a daily driver, the tunes have that little something extra.
If you'd like to resell the nGauge as a tuner shop, email Sales@FerraroSpeed.com
PS: This blog post just happened to fall on September 28, 2016: Tony's birthday. Happy Birthday, Tony!