Tag Archives: Focus RS

Tech: VMP Performance Focus RS SEMA Build

SEMA Bound

VMP Builds an RS Street-Fighter.

By SID297

One new Ford that I have been itching to spend more time in is the potent Focus RS.  With over 300HP on tap and AWD keeping that power planted the car definitely has the makings for a very fun ride.  But everyone here on SVTP knows that modded is preferable to stock, and SVTP Vendor VMP Performance certainly knows how to mod.  So when I first heard that they were building an RS for the 2017 SEMA show I knew I wanted to dig in and learn more about this project.

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Tech: Livernois’ Firestorm High Pressure Fuel Pump

Next Level Power

The stock HPFP is the major power limiter on a bolt-on 2.3L EcoBoost.  Why stay stock?

By SID297
Photos Courtesy of Livernois Motorsports


For performance enthusiasts Ford’s EcoBoost engine platform has been a major hit, and that was even before Ford began putting the smaller boosted engines in their flagship performance vehicles. FoMoCo’s stance has been clear from the start, they want to see an EcoBoost in everyone’s driveway. With the GT, RS, and Raptor only being available with tweeked EcoBoost engines making serious factory power it is becoming even more difficult for the ‘V8 Only’ crowd to embrace the OEM turbo’d mills. That’s especially true when you throw in the fact that the EcoBoost line responds ridiculously well to simple bolt-ons.

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Tech: 2016 Focus RS Downpipe Test

Get Down

ID Motorsports picks up power with a high-flow downpipe and a hot tune

By Steve Turner
Photos courtesy of ID Motorsports

When we last left ID Motorsports’ 2016 Focus RS project, the hot hatch had picked up over 30 horsepower and 46 lb-ft of torque courtesy of a custom tune and a Mountune cold-air intake. Since then, the company has opened up the exhaust and dialed in a more aggressive calibration with SCT Performance hardware and software.
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News: Ford Performance Global Sales

Youth Movement

Popular with younger customers, Ford Performance vehicles are selling well

By Steve Turner
Photos courtesy of Ford Performance

With all the talk that younger people aren’t as interested in driving, there is some good news from the Blue Oval. Apparently younger drivers with higher income apparently like to splurge on Ford Performance vehicles. Ford is predicting impressive sales numbers for its hopped-up machines in 2016.
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Video: Focus RS vs. Shelby GT350 Drag Race

Close Call

A Livernois-tuned Focus RS hangs with a stock Shelby on the drag strip

By Steve Turner
Photos courtesy of Livernois Motorsports

If you own the top dog Shelby GT350 Mustang, you might immediately dismiss that Focus RS staging next to you at the drag strip. Well, you might want to think twice if your Shelby is stock, because a tuned Focus RS recently held its own against a stock Shelby GT350 at a private track rental in Michigan.
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