News: Tuned 2016 Focus RS

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Turning up the Heat

ID Motorsports tests SCT tuning and a Mountune CAI on Ford’s hot hatch

By Steve Turner
Photos courtesy of ID Motorsports

We are still waiting to steal some seat time in Ford’s 350-horsepower, all-wheel-drive Focus, but lucky owners are already out there enjoying them. Of course that means that industrious aftermarket types are already busy modifying them. Case in point is ID Motorsports, which recently acquired a new Focus RS project and jumped right into modding it.

]“We could not wait to test and tweak on our shop RS,” Matt Alderman, of ID Motorsports, enthused. “We have had such great results with the 2.3-liter Mustang so a similar motor in a little car how could you go wrong.”
“We could not wait to test and tweak on our shop RS,” Matt Alderman, of ID Motorsports, enthused. “We have had such great results with the 2.3-liter Mustang so a similar motor in a little car how could you go wrong.”

Matt Alderman of ID Motorsports set out to create a custom calibration for Ford’s hottest hatch. He built a 93-octane calibration using SCT Performance Pro Racer software to see how much Ford left on the table with the stock configuration.

“First we had to get this little rocket into two-wheel-drive mode. That can be accomplished by unplugging the rear differential or pulling the ABS fuse,” Matt explained. “After getting out stock numbers we started to get to work. The control logic was very similar to the EcoBoost Mustang so we where able to use a lot of knowledge we learned from that platform and apply it to this platform.”

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