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Ford Focus RS MK3 Tuning.

Surely the hot hatch of 2016. The Ford Focus RS MK 3 with its 2.3 litre Ecoboost engine is the fastest and most capable Ford RS to date.

Its twin scroll turbocharger gives a strong, linear, almost normally aspirated feeling power curve and is a great example of how things have moved on with turbocharged 4 cylinder engines.

However, as with most production cars, it feels a little "soft" out of the box.

 

Focus Rs MK3 Tuning with COBB

 

Never fear - As always, we have the solutions...

We have had the Focus RS MK3 since launch data and indeed still have one on the company fleet.

The vehicles PCM is the Bosch MED17 which we have many years of experience with over various platforms, and its strategy is also very similar in architecture to the Mustang Ecoboost which we had already been calibrating for some time.

As a result, we were one of the first companies to offer conversions for this awesome car and we have three fully developed and tested packages on offer, up to and including 420PS. (Note: June 2020, our 500+ conversion is almost finished).

From the 380 package upwards the car really does come to life! The car really is a hoot to drive with 520NM of torque and 360PS, but its simply incredible with 580NM and 420PS.

 

MSD 380 (up to 380PS)
This calibration works perfectly on a totally standard car and lifts the power restrictions from within the ECU, further enhancing the power output to 540NM and 380PS.

The rev limit is extended slightly and all the temperature protection features of the management system are retained and further optimised to suit the vehicles new power output. Rest assured that if your coolant, oil, exhaust or charge temperatures get too high, the ECU will actively lower your available throttle opening and boost pressures as well as add fuel to cool things down until such time as the temperatures are back within safety parameters. Full LSPI / Knock control is retained at factory safety levels. Some tuners remove all this capability in order to achieve their power - Take care out there.

Additional hardware needed:

  • None.

Personalisations Available: (At time of programming)

  • Decat MIL Eliminated (For vehicle with a De-Cat fitted)
  • Launch Control RPM set-point options of 4000 / 4500 / 5000 rpm.
  • Stop / Start disable.
  • Eco shift light disable.
  • Enhanced "Pops & Burbles" sound and RPM threshold.
  • Extreme "Pops & Burbles" sound available for vehicles with no catalyst.
  • Enable / Disable "Pops & Burbles" in Normal / Sport / modes as required.

Total cost installed to the car via OBD including an initial diagnostic session, labour and vat = £399.00

(This calibration can be supplied via E-Mail for COBB Accessport users at £199)

 

MSD 400 (up to 400PS)
This calibration is designed to work with the factory hardware and a free flowing air filter to help with the extra air flow. This calibration further increases the engines power over our MSD 380, increasing the torque output to 560 NM low down and extending the power higher up the rev range to 400PS.

The rev limit is extended slightly and all the temperature protection features of the management system are retained and further optimised to suit the vehicles new power output. Rest assured that if your coolant, oil, exhaust or charge temperatures get too high, the ECU will actively lower your available throttle opening and boost pressures as well as add fuel to cool things down until such time as the temperatures are back within safety parameters. Full LSPI / Knock control is retained at factory safety levels. Some tuners remove all this capability in order to achieve their power - Take care out there.

Additional hardware needed:

  • High flow air filter

Personalisations Available: (At time of programming)

  • Decat MIL Eliminated (For vehicle with a De-Cat fitted)
  • Launch Control RPM set-point options of 4000 / 4500 / 5000 rpm.
  • Stop / Start disable.
  • Eco shift light disable.
  • Enhanced "Pops & Burbles" sound and RPM threshold.
  • Extreme "Pops & Burbles" sound available for vehicles with no catalyst.
  • Enable / Disable "Pops & Burbles" in Normal / Sport / modes as required.

Total cost including an initial diagnostic session, labour and vat = £499.00

(This calibration can be supplied via E-Mail for COBB Accessport users at £249)

MSD 420 (up to 420PS)
This is our maximum power output on factory engine internals and further increases the engines torque output to 580 NM and peak power output to 420PS.

The rev limit is extended slightly and all the temperature protection features of the management system are retained and further optimised to suit the vehicles new power output. Rest assured that if your coolant, oil, exhaust or charge temperatures get too high, the ECU will actively lower your available throttle opening and boost pressures as well as add fuel to cool things down until such time as the temperatures are back within safety parameters. Full LSPI / Knock control is retained at factory safety levels. Some tuners remove all this capability in order to achieve their power - Take care out there.

Additional hardware needed:

  • High flow air filter
  • Uprated Intercooler
  • Turbo Back exhaust system with sports cat or decat.

Personalisations Available: (At time of programming)

  • Decat MIL Eliminated (For vehicle with a De-Cat fitted)
  • Launch Control RPM set-point options of 4000 / 4500 / 5000 rpm.
  • Stop / Start disable.
  • Eco shift light disable.
  • Enhanced "Pops & Burbles" sound and RPM threshold.
  • Extreme "Pops & Burbles" sound available for vehicles with no catalyst.
  • Enable / Disable "Pops & Burbles" in Normal / Sport / modes as required.

Total cost including an initial diagnostic session, labour and vat = £499.00

(This calibration can be supplied via E-Mail for COBB Accessport users at £249)

**Updated: June 12th 2020 **

Focus RS MK3 500BHP

MSD-500+

Development of this conversion is already well underway with over 500bhp and more achieved. However, the finalisation has been held up by the Covid-19 situation. We expect to finalise this conversion in Quarter 3. 2020.

Note:
(This calibration will only be supplied to COBB Accessport users.)

MSD Multimaps (3 different power levels of your choice)

This is a firm favourite here. Utilising the power of the awesome COBB Accessport we offer you the ability to swap between MSD power stages in seconds, with the engine still running if you like! The swap is done by holding down the cruise control cancel button and pressing +/- to swap slots. The slot is shown by the rev counter as you press the buttons. (IE: It points to 1000rpm for slot 1, 2000rpm for slot 2, etc)

COBB Accessport MSD Multimaps

Yes, its as simple as that.
Pressing a button on your steering wheel and you can change your engines power output. The car also defaults to the last used slot on power up, so you can turn the car off in standard power if you are loaning the car to a friend for example...

Cost:
A COBB Accessport with MSD Multimaps = £965 inc vat


(This calibration can be supplied via E-Mail for COBB Accessport users at £299)

Purchasing Options:

 


Option 1:
OBD Calibration professional Install:

Owners looking to have their Focus RS MK3 tuned via the simplest option, an OBD port calibration with no COBB Accessport for datalogging and remote tuning can have it done by us here in Blackpool, or via any of our approved calibration installers across our Evolution Chips network.
Our installers can be found here:

Option 2:
COBB Accessport DIY Install:

If you are looking to go the excellent COBB Accessport route you can obtain one of these direct from us, with your chosen calibration pre-installed ready for fitment yourself at home. Data-logs can be sent to us afterwards via E-mail if you wish to utilise that feature too.
The COBB Accessports can be found on our webshop here:

 

Option 3:
COBB Accessport Calibration Only:

For those owners whom already own an Accessport but wish to try our calibration on there. These can be purchased on our webshop and we will deliver them via E-Mail.

They can be found on our webshop here:

Click the button below to see what we recommend as optional upgrades to go with this calibration...

Optional Upgrades

Click the button below to read about Installing your MSD380 with the incredible COBB Accessport...

COBB Upgrades

 

Cooler Spark Plugs

A step colder spark plug grade is a worthwhile upgrade for cars that are used hard at increased power levels.

We have numerous options available in our webshop but our most popular is the NGK option.

 

CBV Upgrade

Over time, the standard compressor bypass valve diaphragm and spring become weak, leading to potential compressor pressure leaks.

We find the Turbosmart options a very worth upgrade.

 

 

The amazing COBB Accessport

The COBB Accessport provides an incredibly powerful tool that allows you to install / remove our tune yourself and incorporates a very high quality diagnostic code reader and a data-logger that allows you to both watch and record data for up to ten hours from a huge list of over 200 parameters. These are not just generic OBD parameters either, these are Ford hardware level PID's such as AFR. spark advance, individual cylinder knock levels, boost pressure, air temperatures and many more.
(See screen above showing 1, 3 and 6 parameters configured)

Additional Features:

No hassle launch control

  • Enabled on all our Accessport calibrations, this features allows for easy use of the launch control system. The process of getting into launch mode is simply having the clutch pedal and accelerator pedal depressed fully. The vehicle should quickly raise engine speed to the determined RPM set in our calibration, and better still, we have different RPM set-points in each of the 5 slots and you can change them on the fly!

Flat foot shifting

  • Enabled on all our Accessport calibrations, this feature allows the accelerator pedal to stay fully depressed while shifting the vehicle. The use of the clutch pedal will still be necessary, but keeping the accelerator pedal fully depressed between shifts allows for the turbo to stay spooled between gears.

3 Way MSD Multimaps

  • This feature enables users to switch between map slots on the fly. You can use your factory cruise control system to switch between different maps. Maybe STD, MSD 380 and MSD 420 for example.

    Please visit our webshop for more details..