Tag Archives: Hot Hatch

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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Tech: 2016 Focus RS Spring Install

Like it’s Hot

Lethal Performance drops its hot hatch with Eibach’s Pro-Kit springs

By Steve Turner
Photos courtesy of Lethal Performance

Ford Performance engineers sharpen all aspects a vehicle to make it perform better than its base counterparts. For enthusiasts, this higher level of performance is just a better jumping off point. That is definitely the case with Lethal Performance, which is known to jump headfirst into modding a new project, whether it is a Focus ST or a Shelby GT350.
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News: Tuned 2016 Focus RS

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.
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