Adding an intercooler and much, much more to the Lethal ST
By Steve Turner
When you think of Lethal Performance, you automatically think of mega-powered Mustangs built with parts right off the company’s shelves. But if you really pay attention, you know that Team Lethal loves to mod all sorts of performance Fords— from SVT Raptors to Focus STs—just like we do.
“We’re definitely amazed at how well our fans have been into our ST project,” Lethal Performance’s Jared Rosen confessed. “There’s a lot more ST owners out there than we thought there were. Surprisingly a lot of them are Mustang customers of ours already that drive their STs daily.”
When we last left Lethal Performance’s 2014 Focus ST project, known as Squirt, the car had picked up a substantial chunk of torque and power courtesy of Ford Racing’s FR1 Power Package. The combination of cold-air intake, cat-back exhaust, and performance calibration really altered the ST’s personality for the better.
Combined with the shorter more positive throws from the Ford Racing shifter, the increased engine performance really made the Lethal ST a little pocket rocket. However, that was just the beginning. The Lethal camp had bigger plans for the car, and the next phases started with a larger Custom Performance Engineering front-mount intercooler to tame the turbo discharge temps in the Florida heat.
“The intercooler upgrade from CP-E was a nice addition,” Jared said. “It’s a high-quality piece that fit great and sets the stage for what’s to come next.”
The FMIC was just the headliner for this second phase. It continued at Power by the Hour with Eibach Pro Kit handling springs, a Cobb short-shift bracket, a JLT Performance oil separator, and a Turbosmart blow-off valve. Obviously all these parts improve aspects of the car, but the most apparent change this time was the improvement offered by the Eibach springs.
“The car feels a lot more stable with the springs not only going straight but through turns as well,” he said. “Hopefully we can get this thing on the road course for a few laps soon. It’s just too fun to drive.”
As you might imagine, this fast-paced project is just hitting its stride. There are still a number of mods in the offing, and if you keep checking the front page here at SVTP you can see how the rest of this project unfolds. It certainly sounds like Team Lethal has some exciting plans.
“We’ve got plans to test other tunes and exhaust systems as well as a few other bolt-ons such as a high-flow downpipe and upgraded engine mount,” Jared added. “Ultimately an upgraded turbo kit will be following that in the near future so stay tuned.”